2017 TASP Conference

Regretfully the TASP Conference Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2017 bi-annual conference Turning the Tides, scheduled for September 25-27, 2017.  We know from our practice knowledge, lived experiences, research and policy efforts, that gathering to learn from one another is essential in our work to further enhance the lives of families headed by a parent with a cognitive limitation, however for numerous reasons there were challenges to the viability of this year’s conference.  We are determined to bring together our community of practitioners, parents, advocates, researchers and policymakers as soon as we are able to do so.  Please watch for updates for TASP about those forthcoming efforts.  

About This Conference

The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP) invites you to the 2017 Conference “Turning the Tide: Improving Policies and Practices Related to Parents with Cognitive Limitations”, September 25-26th, 2017. TASP conferences are held every two years to provide continuing education to healthcare professionals in mental health. Emerging topics and issues are presented alongside evidence-based interventions and future innovations in mental health. Since we last met, considerable change has been underfoot. Policy is changing, practitioners are changing practice, and parents continue to be strong role models.

Proposals for this conference are solicited through an open Call for Proposals and which has been extended through May 7th, 2017. While the conference spans two days, please note that all breakout sessions will be on September 25th, 2017.

  • Call for Proposals
  • Agenda
  • Venue
  • Accommodations
  • Registration

Call for Proposals

Presenter Profile
This year's conference will provide content on two simultaneously offered tracts; professionals and, parent and families. Proposals are being considered for each of these areas. Completing a Call for Proposal does not guarantee selection at this conference. Presenters must be available to present on September 24, 2017. If you would like to submit your proposal other than through this electronic process, please contact Korina Barry at barry081@umn.edu or 612-625-8121 and a hard copy form will be emailed to you. The proposal committee will contact chosen presenters by May 15, 2017.

To submit your proposal, click and expand each section below. Please complete ALL sections before submitting. NOTE: longer forms are currently giving a fatal error after submitting. Even though the error message is given, all information has gone through. If you receive this error, please contact us to verify receipt of info. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible. Thank-you

Presentation Information

The following questions will help us determine how your proposal will add to the knowledge and professional development of conference attendees. Also, this information will be used to determine eligible criteria for continuing professional education accreditation.

Presenter Information

This information will be used to create your presenter profile for CEU processing. Lead presenters will be responsible for providing contact information so that we can relay communications from the program committee to all co-presenters.

Second Presenter Information

Please complete this section only if you have a second presenter.

Third Presenter Information

Please complete this section only if you have a third presenter.

Audio-Visual Technology Requests

Each conference room will be supplied with a sound system, LCD projector, projection screen, power strip and equipment table. There will be a stand microphone, wireless handheld microphone, and lapel microphone available in each room. If your equipment requirements need to be changed before the conference, please let us know immediately. We will be UNABLE to fulfill or change your AV needs after September 15th OR at the conference.

Thank-you for Your Proposal

All proposals will be reviewed and a decision will be sent out May 15, 2017. If you would like a copy of your proposal emailed to you, please contact Korina Barry at barry081@umn.edu or 612-625-8121. Please include the Lead Presenter name. Please make sure your form is filled out correctly and completely before submitting. Thank-you.


Day One
September 25
Day Two
September 26
8:00- 8:30 Breakfast 8:00- 8:35 Breakfast
8:35- 8:45 WELCOME 8:35-8:45 WELCOME
8:45-9:45 Keynote: Susan Parish 8:45-9:45 Keynote
9:45-9:55 Break 9:45-10:00 Break
9:55-10:55 Breakout Sessions 10:00- 10:30 Annual Meeting
10:55- 11:05 Break 10:30- 11:30 Parent Panel
11:05- 12:05 Breakout Sessions 11:30- 12:30 LUNCH on your own
12:05- 1:05 LUNCH 12:30- 1:30 Keynote – Nicole Brisson
1:05- 2:05 Breakout Sessions 1:30- 1:45 Break
2:05- 3:05 Breakout Sessions 1:45- 3:00 Research Panel, International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
3:05- 3:20 Break 3:00- 3:45 Program Highlights of D.C. Project
3:20- 4:20 Breakout Sessions 3:45 Evaluations and Adjourn
4:30- 6:00 Reception


The Beacon Public House at the Commons HotelThe Commons Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE,
Minneapolis, MN 5541

“This industrial schoolhouse chic property embodies a sense of inner geek in a chic setting, embracing diversity through the common desire to discover, with an uncommon experience.The Beacon Public House is the ultimate gastro-pub, featuring superior regional cuisine and modern mixology through reinvented classic cocktails, while bringing out the inner geek in every foodie through Words with Friends Wine Hours.

No two trips to the Commons Hotel will ever be the same, as every visit brings new discoveries and experiences to enlighten mind and soul.”

Commons Hotel is on a smoke free campus.

Things to do in the area: http://www.commonshotel.com/things-to-do-in-minneapolis.aspx


Commons Hotel (front)A block of rooms has been reserved for September 24th, 2017 to September 27, 2017. The nightly rate is $153 per room.

The Commons Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE,
Minneapolis, MN 5541



Registration will open in June. Please check back.

Professional Track Fee: $190.00
Parent Track Fee: $125.00


sponsor logos: School of Social Work, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Minnesota Department of Human ServicesWe want to thank our sponsors for the 2017 “Turning the Tide” Conference. Thank you to the University of Minnesota School of Social work, the University of Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND), and the Minnesota Department of Human Services Disability Division for your generous sponsorship.