Workshop Presenter Information

Workshop Presenter Information

The Compassionate Friends
2016 National Conference
Scottsdale, Arizona July 8-10, 2016

Thank you very much for your interest in presenting a workshop at the 2016 TCF National Conference. The information below should answer your questions regarding the subject matter we are looking for, as well as the criteria we will use in deciding which workshops we will offer.

To apply, please fill out and submit the workshop presenter form (see link at the bottom of the page.)  The deadline for applications is October 25th, 2015.

TCF is proud to offer a wide variety of workshops at each Conference to allow attendees many choices about general grief as well as topics that are geared toward a specific loss. We will be selecting workshops in each of these areas:

Specific causes of death

Ages of the children who died

Grief related to family and friends

Grief of grandparents


Early grief

No surviving children

Sibling related issues

Sibling age issues

Parental/family issues

Adult sibling loss

Grief process as experienced by siblings

Long-term griever

General bereavement issues


Continuing connection and spirituality

Finding hope

Stigma-related Death



Handling holidays and other landmark events

Before submitting your application, please review the 7 Principles of The Compassionate Friends:

  1. TCF offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents.

  2. TCF believes that bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents can help each other toward a positive resolution of grief.

  3. TCF reaches out across society’s barriers to all bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents.

  4. TCF understands that every member has individual needs and rights.

  5. TCF reaches out to the bereaved through our community of local chapters , our website, social media, and by hosting conferences.

  6. TCF chapters belong to their members.

  7. TCF is coordinated nationally in its support to its chapters.


Criteria for Selecting Workshops

Please note: We will be offering significantly less workshops this year, with the focus on quality rather than quantity. Although past presenters will be given first consideration, it does not guarantee that your workshop will be chosen. We will be looking for the most thorough and thoughtful applications during the selection process.

  1. Experience – A majority of our workshops will come from those who have presented for us in the past; however, we are committed to providing opportunity to those who have never presented and will award many workshops to new presenters. There is always an interest in new presenters for older topics, as this provides important different perspectives.

  2. Fresh Ideas – We are always looking for new ideas and topics for workshops.

  3. Audio/Visual Needs – We will give great weight to workshops that can be presented without a projector and a screen.  There will be very limited workshop rooms in Scottsdale equipped to present a PowerPoint or other video type presentation.  TCF Conferences use up to 20 rooms for workshops at one time, the cost of renting a projector and a screen from the hotel can be as high as $3,000 per room per weekend.  You can assist us by only requesting video equipment if it is absolutely necessary to your workshop presentation.  Please note if you will be bringing your own projector, as it will also be taken into consideration during our selection process.

If you have questions, please call the TCF National Office at 877.969.0010.

Thank you again, we look forward to seeing you in Scottsdale.

Please fill out the online Workshop Presenter Form or print a Workshop Presenter Form and mail to the National Office at The Compassionate Friends, PO Box 3696, Oak Brook, IL 60522-3696 if you wish to be considered to present a workshop at the 2016 TCF National Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. Deadline is October 25, 2015.