Submission Guidelines

National Eating Disorders Association

Call for Proposals: 2015 Annual NEDA Conference for Families and Professionals

October 1-3, 2015
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
San Diego, CA

Theme: SEA CHANGE: The next wave in eating disorders support, prevention and treatment.

Summary: NEDA is soliciting session proposals for the 2015 conference in San Diego, CA. Conference attendees will include personally affected individuals, their families and friends as well as outreach, treatment and research professionals. Proposals should be tailored to one of the conference’s four core areas of programming: Individual, Family and Friends (accessible, educational sessions for a lay audience); Clinical Tools (for professionals); Education, Outreach and Activism (for educators and activists); and Interactive Workshops (innovative and engaging workshops suitable for all attendees).

Conference Goals:

  1. Help individuals, family members, treatment professionals, health educators, social workers and activists to connect and share useful and supportive information that can be transformed into action.
  2. Familiarize attendees with the latest developments in the field of eating disorders.
  3. Build awareness about the realities of eating disorders by educating attendees and in turn the media, policymakers and opinion leaders.
  4. Provide a national convening to promote inclusiveness, enthusiasm, energy, optimism and a vision of hope for all conference attendees.

Presentations must support the goals of the conference. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate an interactive presentation style and emphasize skill building rather than purely theoretical lectures. Presenters are encouraged to use gender-inclusive language, as sessions should be applicable to males and females when possible. Workshop sessions are 60-90 minutes.

Selection Process:

All proposals are reviewed blind by a committee made up of family representatives and professionals in the field. Names of presenters are only revealed in the final stage of selection. In the event that multiple proposals on the same topic have tied in terms of overall score based on the selection criteria, preference will be given to presenters that did not present the previous year. Presenters may be asked to submit a video and/or speak with a conference committee member by phone before the final selections are made.

Proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to conference theme.
  2. Clarity of concepts and learning objectives - the plan for meeting the objectives is clearly outlined.
  3. Content has a solid foundation or offers new insights/skills/knowledge to a well-known topic, or the topic and content is innovative and novel.
  4. Session includes use of creative or collaborative techniques and formats to promote audience engagement and participatory learning.
  5. Practical relevance: Session offers tips, guides and/or tools for concrete and practical “take-aways” related to the subject.
  6. Presenter has demonstrated how he/she will take an analytical and skill/tool-based approach rather than a descriptive or promotional approach. Session offers specific lessons learned and key understandings, illustrated by examples and informative to those who utilize, design, implement, monitor and/or evaluate programs/strategies/techniques presented.

Notes: The schedule of presentations at the NEDA Conference will be determined by many factors. Presenters should plan to be available to present on Friday, October 2nd and Saturday, October 3rd. Lack of availability to present during the scheduled timeslot may result in selection of an alternative proposal. You may submit up to five different proposals with yourself listed as the primary presenter.

Core Areas of Programming:

Individual, Family and Friends: Educational tools, resources and support for families and individuals affected by eating disorders. These proposals should be tailored towards a non-clinical, layperson audience. Proposals featuring practicable guidance and real-world applications will be given preference. Parents and other family members are encouraged to present alongside an eating disorders professional. It is not required that non-professionals submit a proposal with a professional, but preference will be given to presentations that incorporate treatment professionals partnering with family members.

Those submitting proposals are encouraged to use one of the themes below or to develop their own theme in accordance with the description. Examples of themes include:

  • Maintaining recovery and tools for self-care for those struggling as well as their caregivers
  • How treatment providers and those struggling with eating disorders can collaborate on a treatment plan for recovery
  • An overview of treatment modalities (FBT/CBT/DBT) and guidance on determining the best modality for yourself or your loved one
  • Health after recovery; nutrition and eating disorders
  • Insurance issues and questions
  • Civil commitment
  • Diversity and eating disorders: navigating recovery as a member of a marginalized group
  • Relapse prevention
  • Communication and attunement skills
  • What to do when your home state doesn’t have adequate treatment resources

Education, Outreach and Activism: Original and empirically supported approaches to eating disorders prevention, education, activism and outreach in schools and communities. Presentations should be accessible to a lay audience and professionals.

Those submitting proposals are encouraged to use one of the themes below or to develop their own theme in accordance with the description. Examples of themes include:

  • Organizing awareness programs – how to implement prevention/intervention workshops
  • Integrating eating disorder materials into your agency’s school-based prevention/intervention programs
  • College campus issues:
    • o Early identification and intervention on campus
    • o Outreach to men
    • o Outreach to diverse identity groups
  • Helping those in recovery get involved in educating/mentoring others
  • How to reach diverse identity groups (age, race, gender, etc.)
  • Using social media tools for activism and outreach
  • Intersection of body ideal, consumerism, and eating disorders
  • Involving the sports and athletics communities in prevention and awareness

Clinical Tools: Dynamic proposals from seasoned presenters on evidence-based interventions, new treatment approaches, and current research that provides new information and skill building for clinical professionals at all levels of knowledge and expertise. Presentations should be designed to provide the practicing eating disorder specialist with new information and clinical skills.

  • Adjunctive, Expressive and Non-traditional therapies
  • Treatment of Binge Eating Disorder
  • Multicultural counseling competencies
  • Treating athletes with eating disorders
  • Treating very young children (5-10 years old) with eating disorders
  • Treating women over 30 with eating disorders
  • What Recovery looks like
  • What’s different about treating an eating disorder?
  • Working with the treatment team and the family
  • Athletes/sports and eating disorders
  • Neurobiology and eating disorders – how brain chemistry is affected by ED
  • Nutritional concerns and eating disorders
  • Explore cutting-edge techniques in treatment of eating disorders
  • Explore new science in the field of eating disorders – ground-breaking studies
  • Expert-level treatment techniques and tools
  • Treating patients with co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions
  • Technology and treating eating disorders
  • Neurology, molecular biology and other experimental science fields that have made relevant contributions to our understanding of the physiology and neurobiology of eating disorders.

Interactive Workshops: NEDA recognizes that valuable and productive sessions do not always fit within the standard presentation format. Proposals for engaging, innovative and interactive workshops are encouraged. These workshops should have a broad appeal. Examples of workshops include letter writing; group meditation; beginner yoga and stretching; and informal panels.

Call for Proposals Instructions:

Proposals MUST include all of the following to be considered:

  1. Proposed session title.
  2. Presenter(s) full name, credential(s), address, phone number and current email address 3. Presenter(s) biographical sketch: This will be used as your bio in the conference Program Guide if selected (500 characters/spaces maximum; no exceptions).
  3. Professional Experience: Provide your Curriculum Vitae or Resumé (CV preferred, for attaining CE credit hour approval. Be sure to include professional presentations within the past two years). Please inform us if you already have presented this workshop (or plan to present this workshop) to another eating disorders conference in 2014-2015.
  4. A detailed description of the presentation content, including suggested audience (beginning or advanced) - 2500 character/space maximum.
  5. A brief summary of presentation which will be used in the conference program - 1300 character/space maximum.
  6. Three measurable learning objectives of the presentation.
  7. Audiovisual needs beyond the standard A/V package provided by NEDA. Standard A/V provided includes: podium, microphone, PC laptop, projection screen, projector, and speakers. Additional requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with respect to added cost.
  8. A brief description of handouts.
  9. Proposed track.

Note: Presenters are required to share their PowerPoint Presentation slides with conference attendees (to be posted on the Presentation Portal). Any audio or video recording of NEDA Conference events, general sessions and breakout sessions are the property of NEDA and can be used for educational or promotional purposes. All recordings will be posted on the Presentation Portal, which is accessible only to registered attendees, as an additional value to those attending the NEDA Conference.

Submit a proposal now. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.


Submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, February 15, 2015. You will be able to edit your proposal once it is submitted, until the final Call for Proposals deadline.

Submissions will be reviewed blind, by the 2015 Conference Committee.

Acceptance Notification: All individuals listed as primary presenters will be notified via email regarding the status of their proposal by May 15, 2015.

Speaker Compensation:

For each selected proposal, one waived conference registration will be applied to the primary presenter listed in the original submission form. Additional presenters listed on the original proposal (up to 3 additional) will receive a discounted registration rate.

All presenters (both primary and additional) are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.