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2020 IARP Annual Conference – Call for Presentations
IARP Annual Conference 

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Deadline for Submission Extended:
Monday, April 20, 2020

In light of the current situation, IARP is extending the deadline for submitting session proposals to this year’s Conference! If you haven’t already completed your proposal (or haven’t begun the process) you have another two weeks to consider joining with other knowledgeable advancement colleagues in sharing your expertise! We’re looking forward to offering a terrific selection of sessions led by engaging speakers and hope you will be part of the best Conference yet!

The International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) is soliciting proposals for presentations at the Annual Conference that will take place at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.  

Here are the dates for the conference:

  • IALCP Symposium: Wednesday, October 7- Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • IARP PreConference: Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • IARP Annual Conference: Friday, October 9 - Saturday, October 10, 2020

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 rehabilitation and life care planning 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.

To learn more about IARP, we invite you to visit

What We Are Looking For

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


The audience consists of forensic rehabilitation experts, life care planners, case/disability managers, Social Security vocational experts and vocational rehabilitation transition service professionals. Many attendees have been in practice for over 20 years; some who are new to the rehabilitation profession. We are searching for detail and practical application, not theoretical presentations.


Panel presentations comparing and contrasting methodologies using actual case examples are 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 which 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.

Sessions formats include:

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

Concurrent Breakout Sessions are delivered in a 60-75 minute timeframe. These single-subject educational sessions can feature from up 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), and should 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 leaving participants with a broad view of the issue. Topics that add practical applications to the rehabilitation professionals' 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:


  • Affordable Care Act and Life Care Plans
  • Ethics
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Research and Practice
  • Life Care Plans-Different Diagnoses and Guidelines for Planning
  • Life Care Planning: New Treatments and Technologies
  • Prosthetics and New Technology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Physicians Practicing and Researching New Approaches


  • Courtroom and Testimony Methods for the Expert Witness
  • Ethics in a forensic setting
  • 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.)
  • Divorce/Domestic Relations Cases
  • Vocational Assessments and Testing specific to forensic cases
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Transferable Skills Analysis methodology in forensic cases
  • Wounded Warriors/Veterans Rehabilitation


  • Ethics
  • SSVE Practice/Laws/Regulations
  • ORS data: accessing and utilizing in SS
  • How to Determine Where DOT Codes are in ORS Data.


  • Ethics
  • 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
  • Transferable Skills Analysis


  • Ethics
  • Transferable Skills Analysis


  • DSM5 Changes
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Coalition
  • Ethics
  • Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Complex Cases (TBI, PTSD, Felons, older workers, pediatric neurological injuries, ADHD, Autism, Veterans, etc.)
  • How to Write Your First Published Article
  • Managing Mental/Behavioral Health in the Workplace
  • Medicare Set Aside
  • Practice Fundamentals
  • Cultural Diversity and Its Impact on the Evaluation
  • Professional Development
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Technology/Databases


  • Young Professionals and Leadership Development
  • Technology/Databases

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 (other credentialing bodies pending approval) which are applicable to the content of the presentation.

Review and Selection

The 2020 IARP 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 suggest modifications to 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 50% 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 Submissions is Monday, April 20, 2020

Submit your CFP Here!