"Virtually Yours 2: Frontline Edition" -- Request for Conference Proposals

“Virtually Yours: Frontline Edition " CONFERENCE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

AIRS is now accepting session proposals for our fall conference running October 12th, 13th and 14th and entitled Virtually Yours: Frontline Edition.

Click here to open the RFP

Please be aware we typically do not pay presenters for session content at the conference. Successful applicants will, however,  receive a complementary registration for the entire conference as a token of our thanks.

Do you have expertise, enthusiasm or experience in any of these areas?

These ideas have been gathered from member requests and surveys. It is certainly not exhaustive and is just meant for inspiration! 

 We are offering a choice of 25 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions.

CLICK HERE for additional resources on creating a competitive proposal!

Topic Ideas:

Service Delivery Examples (for CRS and CRS-A/D roles and their supervisors)

  • Customer service
  • Callers in challenging situations
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Empowerment and self-determination for the client
  • Ethics and boundaries
  • Asking demographic questions
  • Active listening
  • Getting creative when no resources are available
  • Transportation barriers and solutions
  • Understanding services for individuals who have mental health issues
  • Understanding services for individual who are experiencing substance abuse disorders
  • Understanding services for persons with disabilities

Database Curation Examples (For CRS-DC roles and their supervisors)

  • Using target terms
  • Writing descriptions
  • Setting priority ratings
  • Updating resource databases
  • Managing data/reporting
  • Taxonomy customizations
  • Maintenance models
  • Handling the agencies most referred to and least referred to
  • Rural resources

Self Care and Professional Development Examples (For all)

  • Self care at work
  • Self care at home
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Unconscious bias
  • Communication and conflict management
  • Positive relationships with supervisors
  • Positive relationships with coworkers
  • How to ask for help or advice from others
  • Understanding boundaries

Selection of Presenters and Additional Information:

Deadline for submissions is July 26th at 12midnight Eastern. 

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of I&R peer reviewers.


Selected presenters will be informed no later than August 2nd, 2021.

Note that we are not able to accept all proposals because we invariably receive more proposals than available timeslots.

Note also that I&R vendors are welcome to submit proposals but the presentations must be vendor-neutral and aimed at sharing knowledge about a topic other than their product/service. The evaluation comments for vendors who veer off that road are always very direct!

If you have questions, please contact Chiara Cameron-Wood at chiara@airs.org

Why Should I Present?

"The best part of presenting was being able to present with colleagues who I had never met in person. Being there with them and the audience was such a great opportunity to create connections. Plus, I really enjoyed talking to people after the session and seeing how what we shared benefited them. It was very rewarding." 

- Mariam Schrage, #AIRS2019 Presenter 


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  6. Personal satisfaction
  7. Expand your professional network
  8. Make new social connections
  9. Learn to persuade
  10. Build leadership skills
  11. Learn performance skills
  12. Develop your vocabulary and fluency
  13. No fear of impromptu speaking
  14. Helps you drive change
  15. Be a better listener