2018 IARP Annual Conference – Call for Proposals
IARP Annual Conference

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DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, April 20, 2018

The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) is soliciting proposals for presentations at the Annual Conference that will take place at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC.

We are looking for proposals that go well beyond the broad spectrum into the fine detail of the expert's methodology, introduce new ideas and skills for rehabilitation and life care planning professionals and create/formulate opinions based on best practices and solid evidence-based research.

Who We Are

IARP is the premier career development association for professionals involved in private rehabilitation.

Leaders in life care planning, rehabilitation case and disability management, forensics, vocational expertise, and vocational rehabilitation transition services are members of this community known for diversity, mentoring, entrepreneurial approach and intellectual power.

IARP helps its members grow and prosper as rehabilitation/life care planning professionals.

What We Are Looking For

We are expecting approximately 350 individuals to attend this Annual Conference. Attendees rely on the conference to discover best practices, learn about industry developments from recognized leaders and to network with their peers and service providers.


The audience consists of forensic rehabilitation experts, life care planners, case managers, disability managers, social security vocational experts and vocational rehabilitation transition service professionals. Some of whom have been in practice for over 20 years; some who are new to the rehabilitation field. They are searching for detail and practical application, not theoretical presentations.


Panel presentations comparing and contrasting methodologies using actual case examples would be very welcome. Takeaways that give participants tools they can immediately use in practice are highly desirable.

Presentation Format

We are seeking presenters for pre-conference workshops and concurrent breakout sessions that conference participants select based upon their individual interests. The sessions demonstrate leadership in the field through new techniques, new technologies, new solutions, new ways to assist individuals to return-to-work, etc.

Pre-Conference Workshops feature highly interactive, in-depth sessions on issues and topics as outlined below. Presentations are two to four hours in length.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions feature presentations that can be delivered in a 60-75 minute format. These single-subject educational sessions can feature from one to four speakers. Sessions will be selected, organized and described per the topics and intended audience listed below.

Panel Discussions, consisting of two to five individuals including a moderator, can focus on a single topic or trend including a point - counterpoint forum.

About the Topics

The most successful topics summarize advances or present conflicting views in rapidly developing areas and provide participants with an overall view. Consider topics that add practical applications to the rehabilitation professional and life care planners everyday practice.

Except for recent developments, topics which have been presented over the past three years are less favorably considered. Excellent topics have come from both broad and narrow themes – the former, addressing multidisciplinary and educational areas, the latter capitalizing on new breakthroughs. Suggested topics can include but are not limited to:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Coalition
  • Affordable Care Act and Life Care Plans
  • Life Care Plans-Different Diagnoses and Guidelines for Planning
  • Courtroom and Testimony Methods: Expert Witness
  • Divorce/Domestic Relations Cases
  • DSM5 Changes
  • How to Write Your First Published Article
  • Ethics
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Practice
  • Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Complex Cases (TBI, PTSD, Felons, older workers, pediatric neurological injuries, ADHD, Autism, Veterans, etc.)
  • Education Transition Services (assessment/services for adolescents, counseling trends, post high school programming/housing, IEP disability diagnoses services, career counseling, WIOA, employment for special needs, college assessment, etc.)
  • Evidence-Based Criteria for Case Management
  • Forensic Evaluation Tool Box Topics (FCE, earning capacity, life care plans, work life expectancy, etc.)
  • Managing Mental/Behavioral Health in the Workplace
  • Medicare Set Aside
  • Life Care Planning: New Treatments and Technologies
  • Prosthetics and New Technology
  • Physicians Practicing and Researching New Approaches
  • Practice Fundamentals
  • Cultural Diversity and Its Impact on the Evaluation
  • Professional Development
  • Young Professionals and Leadership Development
  • Psychopharmacology
  • SSVE Practice/Laws/Regulations
  • Transferable Skills Analysis
  • Technology/Databases
  • Vocational Assessments and Testing
  • Wounded Warriors/Veterans Rehabilitation

Additional Considerations when Preparing Proposals

  • Professional development may include managing a practice, developing practice areas in a different discipline, office technology, establishing a practice, selling a practice and marketing.
  • Research - Given a research question, how does an expert go about conducting the research and publishing the results?
  • What steps are prudent in writing for publication?
  • How are various methods for arriving at work life expectancy applied to the same case facts?
  • What types of exhibits/visuals are most effective in presenting an opinion to a jury?

Please note: Ethics continuing education units require the presenter to identify the specific codes and sections contained in the CDMS and CRCC Codes of Ethics which are applicable to the content of the presentation.

Review and Selection

The 2018 IARP Conference Program Committee will review and evaluate proposals based on the goals and objectives of the conference and the criteria below. Proposals must be submitted through the online Call for Proposals. IARP reserves the right to select all, some or none of the submitted proposals and to modify selected proposals to meet our programming objectives.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Clarity, quality, and organization of ideas
  • Speaker’s experience and knowledge of the subject matter
  • Timeliness and relevance of topic to current industry and professional trends and advancements
  • Potential to contribute to a well-balanced program
  • Usefulness, practicality, and vision of concept
  • In-depth presentation of a topic, not just an overview
  • Informative and substantive in nature – presentations must not sell, promote or pitch a specific product, service, organization or firm
  • Amount and quality of accompanying materials (e.g., examples, case studies, research, checklists, articles, recommended reading lists, etc.)

General Guidelines

Speakers, Co-Speakers, and Panelists
Each proposal should be completed by the primary speaker. While co-presenters are welcome and provide additional perspectives, please limit your co-presenters to a maximum of three (3). All correspondence will be sent to the primary speaker, who is then responsible for informing co-speakers of pertinent information.

Please note: It is expected that the primary speaker completing the Call for Proposals will serve as the lead speaker for the duration of the event. Any changes in speakers are subject to the review and approval of the IARP Conference Committee.

Presentation and Handouts
Handouts must be provided for each presentation. The primary speaker or designate is responsible for submission of all handout materials. Speakers must not directly promote their own business, products or services. Speakers are responsible for submitting handouts in accordance with the timelines established in speaker materials. IARP reserves the right to rescind the speaking engagement if handouts are not submitted on time.

Speaker Compensation
IARP does not provide honoraria for conference presenters; however, speakers will receive a 25% discount on the conference registration fee. All travel expenses and any additional fees are the responsibility of the presenter. Primary speakers must inform all co-speakers of this policy.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Friday, April 20, 2018

Submit a Proposal