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8th Annual National Update on Behavioral Emergencies

Chicago Medical School Cordially Invites You to Attend

8th Annual National Update on Behavioral Emergencies Conference (NUBE)

Hotel: Hyatt Ganey Ranch, Scottsdale Arizona 

Conference Dates: December 14-15, 2017 

Call for Presenters


We are seeking dynamic, engaging, and knowledgeable presenters for the 2017 National Update on Behavioral Emergencies Conference.


The primary conference audience consists of psychiatrists, emergency medicine physicians, allied health, nurses, social workers, and residents. Lecture and workshop content and instruction should be geared to a level that is appropriate for the target audience.


Proposals are solicited for 30 minute lectures on a focused topic or 45 minute workshops that are interactive, creative, dynamic, and feature best practices in psychiatric emergency medicine. Please do not submit for a workshop unless you are comfortable and prepared to engage directly with the audience. The presentation timeframe will include introductions, presentation material, question and answer session, and evaluation. Attendees should leave with specific knowledge and skills about various aspects of the topic and how it relates to their future development. Presentations should provide attendees with educational value and refrain from promoting a specific business, product, or service.


A complete slide deck will is required within 60 days of the conference.


All information must be submitted online at by April 15, 2017. All submitters will be notified of acceptance, regret or wait listed by May 26, 2017. Presenters are encouraged to upload a photograph and a bio at the time abstracts are submitted. Bios are limited to a maximum of 100 words. The goal of the presenter bio is to provide us with a high-level view of your career and your major accomplishments. Presenter bios are required for CME approval.

Submitting the Full Presentation

Upon acceptance, a speaker agreement and disclosure form will be provided and must be returned no later than June 15, 2017.


As a presenter for the 8th Annual National Update for Behavioral Emergencies, you will receive a $250 honorarium. For those who are interested in receiving CME credit for the conference, you MUST register for the conference. The registration includes access to all workshops and seminars, research sessions and the Behavioral Emergencies for the Emergency Physicians book. Honorarium is NOT given to co-presenters.

Additional benefits include access to the NUBE discounted room rates. NUBE does not pay presenters travel and lodging expenses. Visit for additional conference information.


Workshops are designed to be interactive so please describe how your workshop will engage the audience. There is no set format for the workshops but case presentation and panel discussions are encouraged. Handouts may be appropriate, depending on the complexity of the topic. A PC will be available for PowerPoint presentations. Presenters are responsible for providing copies of workshop handouts and any additional equipment that will be used during presentation.


Speaker Submission Due: April 15, 2017
Acceptance/Regret/Wait listed Notification Sent: 
May 26, 2017
Full Presentation Due: 
October 14, 2017

Target Audience

Emergency medicine physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, mental health workers, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, physician assistants 

Practice Gap/Needs Assessment

Many patients present to the emergency department (ED) with various complaints and concerns. Some patients present with obvious mental illness and some present with obvious physical illness. Other patients present with physical complaints that are due to psychiatric illness that may cause or affect their physical illness. Some patients have undiagnosed psychiatric illnesses that present to the ED with a physical problem but could benefit by identification of the psychiatric illness. 

Early identification and referral of patients with psychiatric illness could, like many other illnesses, reduce the incidence of progression, rate of complications, and improve long term outcomes. It is valuable for the ED physician to identify psychiatric illness in patients presenting to the ED. This is especially true in that some mental illness may either cause or exacerbate the patient's clinical presentation.

This conference deals with the dilemma of the psychiatric patient in the ED setting on such topics as psychiatric boarders, who can be discharged, and treatment in the ED. This conference is designed for all providers, including ED physicians, psychiatrists, mid-levels, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. 

Conference objective

The purpose for this conference is to increase the knowledge and collaboration among care givers in the emergency, PES, and acute care settings for patients who present with psychiatric symptoms. 


Planner and speaker Disclosures

Planner and speaker disclosure information will be made available during the conference. 


All questions regarding the conference, registration, speaker or abstract proposals, can be made to:

Jamie Doucet, MPH

Research and Education Specialist

Rosalind Franklin University


Phone: 773.257.6130