NAPSA 2015 Annual Conference & Training Institute
August 16-19, 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana


  • Earn credits for Certified Pretrial Services Professional recertification

  • Educational opportunities addressing current and hot topics

  • Learn about innovative pretrial programs

  • Excellent opportunity to network with your peers

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NAPSA Annual Conference; August 16-19, 2015 – Indianapolis, IN

Deadline extended to April 15, 2015

The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) is pleased to issue a call for proposals for workshops for the 43rd Annual Conference and Training Institute (ACTI), to be held at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Indianapolis, IN from August 16-19, 2015. The ACTI is a forum for attendees to review the foundations of pretrial justice and effective front-end practices, learn the latest research findings, hear about the implementation of evidence-based practices, and understand current opportunities available to those working in the field. The goal of the proposed workshop should be to provide attendees with information, tools, or action items that they can take home and use in their own jurisdiction. The ACTI targets individuals interested in learning about and improving pretrial justice and front-end decision making, including pretrial services and diversion program staff, judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, jail staff, law enforcement, and policy makers. Please send proposals to by April 15, 2015.

With the 2015 Conference, NAPSA is testing a change to the workshop structure, cutting the length of workshops from 90 minutes to 50 minutes. Just as NAPSA is encouraging pretrial services and diversion programs to implement the latest in evidence-based practices, NAPSA must acknowledge research showing that learning occurs best in short sessions that incorporate adult learning principles. Still, NAPSA recognizes that some topics require more than 50 minutes. Therefore, the conference will feature two types of workshops: Regular, which will run for 50 minutes, and Extended, which will run for two 50-minute sessions. These latter sessions will have a Part I, followed by a break, and then Part II.

Proposals should include the following information:

--Workshop title (an interesting title that captures the essence of the workshop has a higher likelihood of attracting participants and is recommended)

--Workshop description (no more than 200 words)

--Workshop length: (Regular – 50 minutes or Extended – 100 minutes)

--Learning objectives

--Methodology (i.e. exercises, audience participation, role-plays, action planning, etc.)

--Willingness to repeat the workshop a second time during the conference


--Faculty bios

--Name, e-mail and telephone number of a contact

The NAPSA Conference Committee will review all proposals and select those that best meet attendee needs. The Committee will use as criteria how well the proposed workshop would provide relevant and practical information would enable attendees to build skills, increase competencies, and enhance pretrial justice in their home communities. The Committee also will give preference to proposals that incorporate adult learning principles in their methodology (i.e., exercises, audience participation, action planning) or that present new research findings. Workshops that highlight the successful implementation of evidence-based pretrial practices in a particular jurisdiction or series of jurisdictions should also address how other practitioners can implement these practices in their jurisdictions. Each workshop should allow time for questions and answers.