Share your expertise and help bring diverse voices to the parenting world.

The 2019 Diversity in Parenting Conference will take place September 13-14, 2019 in Anaheim, CA.

Mental health and parenting professionals across the country will come together to explore important mental health issues, parenting practices and knowledge, and the latest ideas in supporting parents. Clinicians, associates, parent coaches, school counselors, and a unique array of professionals who work with families will come to learn from diverse voices and improve the quality of services for families along the continuum of care.


Learn more about what we’re looking for in our speaker applications.

Proposals must be submitted online. We suggest preparing information in advance to save time online and ensure having a backup copy. Please copy the information into a plain text editor, such as MS Word, to eliminate formatting before pasting it to the submission form.

Lead Presenter

The designated lead presenter will serve as the sole point of contact. The lead presenter is responsible for submitting the proposal, informing co-presenters of the selection decision, distributing materials to co-presenters, planning the presentation agenda and ensuring that the content is not biased. All items below are required to complete your submission. Maximum three presenters per session. 

All Presenters

  • Contact information and professional affiliation

  • Bio

  • Headshot

  • Disclosure form: All presenters are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships with commercial interests, as explained on the disclosure form (will be requested if presentation is selected)

  • Qualifications to present the material (lead only)


  • Breakout Session Title: Clearly and concisely indicate the subject and focus of the presentation (maximum 100 characters).

  • Breakout Session Track: Please select which conference track your session falls under.

  • Breakout Session Skill Level: Indicate the level of your presentation—basic, intermediate or advanced.

  • Breakout Session Abstract: Summarize the purpose, methods, findings and conclusions of your presentation, and explain what attendees may expect to gain from it (approximately 250 words).

  • Learning Objectives: Provide three learning objectives for the presentation.

  • Relevant Literature/Research: List 2-3 pieces of research that provide background for your session.

  • Lead Presenter Bio: Please share your bio and only link relevant pages (DO NOT attach a resume/CV).

  • Lead Presenter Headshot: Headshot is required to submit proposal.

  • Lead Presenter Social Media Links: Be sure to share actual links to profiles, not just usernames.

  • Lead Presenter Website/Blog: Link your website/blog.

  • Previous Presentations: Lead presenter can share places where they have presented previously

  • Previous Presentation Videos: Share links to videos of your presenting previously.

  • Additional Information: Share any relevant information you think we’d need to consider your proposal; also, include information for co-presenters (if applicable)

  • Permission to Record and/or Photograph: Sessions may be recorded to enable postconference learning. There will be photography throughout the event. Please indicate whether permission is granted to record and distribute your presentation.


Cultural Perspectives in Modern Parenting

Breakout Sessions following this track explore what it looks like to raise healthy children in today’s world. The theme of this day of sessions focuses on eliminating stereotypes, discussing multicultural interventions, bringing cultural competence to working with parents and families, and encouraging the examination of literature in the many ways families look in the modern world. Topics that fall under this track include (but are not limited to):

  • Parenting while African-American, Latinx, LGBTQIA, Disabled, Chronically Ill, etc.

  • Family systems (Two Parents, Single Parents, Co-Parenting, Step-Parenting, Foster Parenting, Adoptive Parenting, Kinship Parenting, etc)

  • Parenting with Spiritual/Religious Practices

  • Parenting the HSP Child/Being an HSP Parent

  • Parenting a Child Living with a Diagnosis (especially looking at how awareness of diagnosis is impacted by culture)

  • Parent support systems - creating, finding, and maintaining support systems

  • Trauma-informed parenting interventions

The Future of Parenting in a Diverse World

Breakout Sessions following this track explore progressive ideas about what parenting looks like in today’s world and perspectives about how it will look in the future. The theme of this day of sessions focuses on non-judgemental discussions, innovative parenting interventions, breathing new life into how professionals can use family theories, empowering professionals to use literature to inform their work with parents and families, learning how to work in multidisciplinary teams to support parents and families, and the future of professional types in the parenting world. Topics that fall under this track include (but are not limited to):

  • Innovations in parenting curricula (especially culturally competent curricula)

  • Perspectives on managing the ever-changing diagnosis landscape (especially how culture affects awareness and access)

  • Parenting programs that support multi-lingual parents and families

  • Finding resources for developing and funding parenting/family programs

  • Telehealth and working with parents/families

  • Effects of technology, social media, and gaming on parenting/families

  • Perspectives on supporting parent’s mental and emotional health


The Diversity in Parenting Conference committee will review all submissions. Decisions are based on the following criteria:

  • Content must be relevant to working with families, working with parents, and/or the parenting profession field as a whole.

  • Content must be accurate and empirically sound.

  • Content must be based on empirical and/or experiential findings of diagnosis or interventions (if applicable).

  • Presentations that promote corporate products or services will not be accepted.

  • Presenters’ credentials and experience should be appropriate to present the subject matter.

  • The presentation should be sufficiently in-depth to require the full time allotment (approx. 1 hour).

  • Presentation goals and objectives should correspond with the conference goals and objectives.

  • The presentation must not show preference for one product or service over another unless there is a clear scientific or objective basis to do so, or unless the presentation allows for a fair discussion of alternatives.

To best meet attendees’ needs, we favor presentations that:

  • Engage the audience in productive discussions (especially as it relates to diverse perspectives on parenting and working with families)

  • Provide practical knowledge, skills and tools that can be used in working with parents and families

  • Advance the quality of care provided to parents and families

  • Improve the confidence and delivery of the professionals engaged in the care of families and parents

  • Encourage innovation in creating and using effective approaches and solutions for working with parents and families


The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 31st, 2018.

The lead presenter will be notified of the selection decision in early January 2019 (most likely on or around January 14th, 2019). Presentations will be scheduled for Friday, September 13, 2019 and Saturday, September 14, 2019 based on the track you submitted for your proposal.

Submission Note: Please take time to craft your submission as your session will be selected by how it aligns with the overall theme of the conference AND the Breakout Session track that you select for your submission (no exceptions).

A committment to attend the conference is implied when submitting your proposal. All speakers will receive an honorarium for speaking at the event.

Presenter Support
Abstracts, presentation, and speaker information will appear in the final conference program. We will work with you to make sure that your selected submission puts your best self and topic forward. Each breakout room will be equipped with a podium, microphone, screen, head table and LCD projector. Additional audiovisual equipment may be rented at the speaker’s expense (or you can bring your own). Speakers who are also authors will be able to sell books at an on-site bookstore (details on this will be included with your speaker contract should your topic be selected).