National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

                              50th Annual Conference and Training Institute

                                                 September 17-20, 2023

                                                                        Marriott Hotel, New Orleans LA


Request for Workshop Proposals 

NAPSA is pleased to issue a request for workshop proposals for the 50th Annual Conference and Training Institute, to be held at Marriott Hotel in New Orleans, September 17-20, 2023.  Workshop proposals are due Friday, June 9, 2023.

The NAPSA Conference and Training Institute provides participants with the opportunity to review the foundations of pretrial, 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 each workshop should be to provide attendees with information, tools, or action items that they can take home and use in their own jurisdiction.  Conference attendees include pretrial services and diversion program staff, judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, law enforcement, advocacy organizations and policy makers. 

We will be hosting over sixty, 50-minute workshops during the conference.  We recognize 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.  We may also repeat some workshops on multiple days.

Proposals should be submitted using our online workshop proposal submission site (click on login to create a username and password).  Information required to complete the online form includes: 

  • Name, email, telephone number and organization name of contact person
  • Workshop title (no more than 10 words)
  • Workshop description (no more than 150 words)
  • Workshop length: (Regular - 50 minutes; Extended - 100 minutes)
  • Learning objectives
  • Methodology (i.e., exercises, audience participation, role play, action planning, etc.)
  • Willingness to repeat the workshop a second time during the conference

All proposals will be reviewed by the NAPSA Education Committee which will select those that best meet attendee needs to provide information that is relevant, practical, and enables attendees to build skills, increase competencies and enhance pretrial justice in their home communities.

Preferences will be given 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 those practices can be implemented in other jurisdictions.  Each workshop should allow time for questions and answers.

Please note that NAPSA does not pay fees, travel or hotel costs, or waive conference registration fees for workshop presenters.  Conference registration fees are not required for presenters who are present only for their own workshop.  Reduced conference registration fees are available to presenters attending workshops or other events other than the workshop they are presenting.

Workshop proposals are due by Friday, June 9, 2023!