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Announcement and Call for Papers

Second International Research Conference On
Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities
September 19 – 21, 2011 – Doubletree Hotel – Philadelphia, PA

The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (formerly the UPenn Collaborative) is now seeking proposals for conference presentations and posters on current research findings and the innovative practices, programs and policies that either address the socioenvironmental barriers or highlight the individual supports needed to promote full community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities.  This will be a fully inclusive conference involving researchers, consumers, providers, families, policymakers, community members, non-mental health organizations, and others.

Community inclusion means that individuals with psychiatric disabilities have the opportunity to live and participate in the community, and to be valued for their uniqueness and abilities, like everyone else, and are actively engaged and brought into the community.  The Temple Collaborative conducts research to identify effective strategies for promoting community inclusion.

Our First International Conference (2006) was a great success.  More than 250 researchers, consumers, policymakers, providers, and other key stakeholders came together for an exciting three days to gain state-of-the-art knowledge, share information and contacts, and develop new ideas.  Attendees reported that the 2006 conference’s innovative format created abundant opportunities for dialogue and the sharing of experiences, perspectives, and innovations.  The Second International Conference is designed to achieve the same outcomes.  We will again create a setting in which cutting-edge research, as well as strategies developed by consumers, policymakers, and practitioners, can be exchanged, leading to new research and program and policy initiatives.

Descriptive presentations on innovative policies, programs, and policies should focus on one or more of the domains of community inclusion – employment, education, intimacy, parenting, friendship, citizenship, spirituality and religion, peer support, consumer-operated services, self-determination, advocacy initiatives, housing, health and wellness, leisure and recreation, and more.  We are particularly interested in proposals that reflect:

Presentation Formats:  Due January 31, 2011

Topical Sessions
There will be a variety of 90-minute  topical sessions, each with three individual 20 minute presentations clustered around a common theme.  The sessions will primarily focus on cutting-edge research, but will also include policy, program, and practice initiatives.  The last 20-30 minutes of each workshop will be reserved for discussion.  Each submission should be for a discrete 20-minute presentation.  Proposals for combining a set of presentations on a common theme is allowable.

The third day of the conference will be reserved for a limited number of 3-hour or 6-hour institute presentations, designed to provide attendees with the skills they will need in the development of programs, policies and practices promoting community inclusion.

Poster Sessions
A separate space will be reserved at the conference for individuals to provide ‘poster’ presentations of related research, as well as an opportunity for sharing innovative policy, program, and practice initiatives.  Posters are recognized as another important way for us to promote dialogue and exchange of ideas in this critical area.

Submission Instructions For Workshops, Institutes, and Poster Sessions

Please submit an application with the following:

All submissions are due by January 31, 2011, and should be sent as an email attachment in WORD or PDF to   Applicants (or the lead presenter, in the case of linked proposals) will be notified by early April, 2011 with regard to acceptance. 

All presenters at the conference will be required to pay the conference registration fees, expected to be very reasonable ($200-$250).  Continuing Education credits will be made available for a number of professions for an additional small fee to cover administrative costs.  A limited number of consumer scholarships will be available:  individuals interested in scholarships can check this website – – in the next few months for more information on the scholarship process.  

For any additional questions related to the conference, please contact Andrea Bilger, at, or feel free to telephone her at 215.204.3006.  For more information on community inclusion, please see either our old website ( or our new website (