New Proposal Submission deadline is March 31, 2021 23:59 CST

Deadline extension announcement!

We have extended the deadline for proposal submissions until March 31, 2021 (23:59 CST)!

If you are interested in presenting at the 17th Annual TCOM Conference, you now have over two weeks to work on and submit your presentation proposal. We would be delighted and encourage all those of the TCOM Collaborative to think about sharing at this year’s conference.

Call for Proposals: download here

To submit your proposal, please email Diamond Darling at

Below you will find some answers to frequently asked questions, but please be assured that our team will be more than happy to assist you with any questions that you may have. If you find yourself with a question, requesting clarification, or assistance in the proposal process, please contact us at

FAQs for the Call for Proposals process

Q: How long is the Call for Proposals open for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference (2021)?
A: The Call for Proposals for the 2021 TCOM Conference is open through January 19, 2021 and will now be closed on March 31st, 2021.

Q: What is the deadline to complete a submission?
All submissions must be completed by Wednesday, March 31, 2021 23:59 CST in order to be considered for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference.

Q: What is the theme for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference?
A: “This year’s theme is ‘Getting a Leg Up On TCOM which directly connects to the locale of the conference, Lexington Kentucky. Kentucky’s rich history of hosting the Kentucky Derby dates back to 1875. The theme also directly connects with TCOM’s goal of assisting others with support, assistance and a helping hand. The phrase ‘Getting a Leg Up’ can aptly be applied to each attendee and our role as ‘professional helpers.’ Whether you are a direct care worker, an agency/organization administrator, a county/state director or a family member attending the conference will expand your knowledge of TCOM and how to apply TCOM in these roles.” – Ken McGill, 2021 TCOM Conference Program Chair

Q: What topic should I submit for consideration for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference?
A: For the annual TCOM Conference, we are always looking for a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative in relation to TCOM. We also have suggested topic categories if you would like your presentation to be CE Eligible for the 17th Annual TCOM Conference.

Example topic themes: Communimetrics, TCOM, Direct Care, CANS, ANSA, FAST, SSIT, Safe Systems, CAT/CSPI, Juvenile Justice, Behavior Health, Outcomes Management, Education, Leadership, Child Welfare, Person-Centered Care

Q: What information is required within a proposal?
A: Your proposal(s) will not be accepted without the following information from all presenters:

Q: What should I provide for Learning Objectives?
A: A clear learning objective states what the learner will be able to do upon completion of a continuing education activity, in terms of behavioral change. A clear objective identifies the terminal behavior or desired outcome of the educational offering. If you’re interested in more information, you can view the Learning Objectives Guidelines.

Q: Who is the audience for the TCOM Conference?
We invite all that are interested in TCOM to attend the annual TCOM Conference. Many of our attendees are direct care workers, social workers, researchers, agency/organization administrators, county/state directors, or even family members that are wanting to expand their knowledge of TCOM.

Q: How do I submit my proposal?
A: You will need to submit your proposal(s) by email to Diamond Darling at

Q: How will I know if my proposal was submitted successfully?
A: Once you email your Call for Proposal submission to, you will receive an email confirmation from Diamond Darling that we have received your presentation proposal.

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