Reconciling the Past & Changing the Future

Research Poster Session

The Center for START Services is inviting submissions for poster proposals from members of the START Network for the 2018 START National Training Institute Poster Session taking place in Boston on May 7th, 2018. Research posters should describe how tools and data are used to promote positive outcomes for individuals with IDD and behavioral health needs and demonstrate evidence-informed practices. Preference will be given to posters that focus on this years’ theme of “Wellness Promotion and Proactive Crisis Prevention” as well as those that utilize SIRS data and relate directly to the START model. Posters will be judged by a three panel committee of experts in the field of IDD/MH. First, second, and third place winners will be announced on the morning of Tuesday May 8th following the Research Panel plenary session.


The poster session encourages informal discussions among training institute attendees about current projects, research, and program outcomes. Poster presentations provide an opportunity to share ideas and best practices that have promoted positive outcomes for the families and individuals your program supports.

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: March 30, 2018

  • Poster must be mailed by April 24, 2018

  • Poster Session: May 7, 2018 5:15pm – 6:30pm

Contact Information

Suggested Topics

  • Crisis intervention strategies

  • Health and wellness promotion

  • Role of START in promoting positive outcomes

  • Impact on a community’s ability to improve capacity 

Poster Requirements

All posters must at least include the following information. 1) Title, 2) All authors (and contact information for lead author), and 3) Abstract must be included in poster submission.

  1. Title

  2. Authors

  3. Abstract

  4. Data Graphics (SIRS data must be referenced)—START Network applicants: The use of SIRS data is strongly recommended; you can make requests for data to Ann Klein

  5. Outcomes

What Does It Mean to Be Evidence Informed?

Evidence informed practice (EIP) means a commitment to ongoing data collection, evaluation and practice modifications based on what is learned in the field. A critical element of being evidence informed is the ongoing, collective learning and the sharing of knowledge across disciplines. EIP has been shown to promote positive changes and outcomes for individuals, families, communities and systems. It also assures that decision making is based on data gathered and supports the 3 A’s of START (accountability, accessibility and appropriateness).

Who Can Submit?

  • Each START Program is required to submit at least one poster

  • Any START Network member

Your Responsibilities

  • Author(s) must be available during the poster session to answer questions

  • Handouts of poster and abstract should be available during the poster session

  • START programs should have their Annual Report available at their table

  • Author(s) may also choose to present additional reports, data, journal articles, etc to support the presented outcomes

  • Author(s) are responsible for getting their poster and all other materials to the Training Institute

  • Items can be mailed to: Sheraton Boston Hotel attn: START National Training Institute, 39 Dalton Street. Boston, MA 02199

Submission Process

Poster proposals should be submitted online through the following form:

Additional information will be provided upon poster submission approval.

Reconciliation is a concept and approach that focuses on repairing, rebuilding, and restoring broken relationships. Our aim was to promote reconciliation between young adults with IDD-MH, families, and researchers to make things better and build a relationship based on trust.

Why is reconciliation needed for young adults with IDD-MH, their families, and researchers?

  • Many researchers believe that young adults with IDD-MH do not have the ability to engage in research.

  • Researchers conducted experiments and studied practices that harmed and hurt with IDD-MH.

  • Research excludes young adults with IDD-MH.

  • Young adults and their families may not trust researchers

Two members of our research team with the lived experience of IDD-MH explain why Truth & Reconciliation matters.


What does a truth & reconciliation process look like?

There is no one way to engage in a truth and reconciliation (T&R) process.  Almost all T&R processes have the following components.

  • Truth telling

  • Acknowledging

  • Restoring

  • Collaborating