NSDTA 2022 Annual
Education Conference

October 16-19

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center

Spokane, WA


Join Us in Spokane, WA

Welcome to the 2022 NSDTA Annual Education Conference produced by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) for the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) affinity group. We are pleased to invite you to our event in Spokane, WA!

Our Commitment to Meeting Safely

APHSA takes the safety and well-being of our attendees seriously as we continue to plan in-person events for 2022. All attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination to attend any in-person event through our secure portal. If an attendee is not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test (home tests are not accepted) is taken within 48-72 hours before arriving at the event to attend an APHSA event. APHSA will provide a secure upload portal for attendees to provide their information Each attendee will be required to present either their vaccination card or, if they are not vaccinated, proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was administered by a pharmacy/lab showing the date and time administered, their name, and results at the time of check-in at registration. The accepted test type for a COVID-19 test for travel is the PCT/NAAT, administered by local pharmacies and/or labs. Results are typically returned to individuals electronically within 1-2 days showing the date, time, individual’s name, and test results. No home tests will be accepted as proof of negative tests.


Latest Announcements

Joan Carrera Memorial Scholarship Nominations are Open


What are Joan Carrera Conference Scholarships?

Joan Carrera was a pioneer in staff development and training, a mentor, an inspiration, and a founding member of NSDTA. Due to her generosity, NSDTA is able to offer conference scholarships in her name to people involved in training and organizational development in public human services agencies. Joan and her husband, Louis Carrera, established the Joan Carrera Memorial Scholarship Trust which has been used since 2007 to provide scholarships to NSDTA Conference 1st time attendees. The Carrera’s generous support allows scholarship recipients to attend the conference at partial to no cost. Scholarships are open to anyone who provides training or organizational development technical assistance to public human services employees.

Scholarships will be available for those selected by the scholarship committee and can include:

  • Full Conference registration for the NSDTA 2022 Annual Education Conference

  • Special Welcome Information Session for all Scholarship Recipients

  • Special Acknowledgment as a Scholarship Recipient Winner


Click here to learn all the criteria for the NSDTA Joan Carrera 2022 Memorial Conference Scholarship.


For application questions or technical assistance:

Contact APHSA Conference Meeting Planner, Maurine Jones at mcjones@aphsa.org.

2022 NSDTA Recognition Awards


NSDTA is pleased to offer the opportunity to recognize outstanding individuals and initiatives within your organization that is helping advance the delivery of health and human services practices or programs to staff. Awards are open to any individual, agency, company, or program that provides training, staff development, or supports training programs for public sector, nonprofit, or higher education employees.


Award 1: Quality (Training Program or Agency)

Click here for the full criteria description.


Award 2: Distinguished Service in Training (Individual Only)

Click here for the full criteria description.


Award 3: Career Achievement (Individual Only)

Click here for the full criteria description.


Award 4: Technology Innovation (Training Program or Agency)

Click here for the full criteria description.

Nomination Process & Deadline

Any person may submit a nomination. There is no limit to the number of nominations a person may submit. To every extent possible, please coordinate the submissions of project initiatives to help reduce the number of duplicate nominations for the same project. A separate nomination form for each nomination must be submitted no later than 8:00 PM EST on Friday, August 5, 2022.


Evaluation & Scoring

Nominations for initiatives will be evaluated on the clarity, quality, and completeness of the information presented. Submissions that do not follow the required format or are submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Questions & Assistance

For application questions: Contact NSDTA Staff Liaison, Jen Kerr at jkerr@aphsa.org

For technical assistance: Contact APHSA Meeting Planner, Maurine Jones at mcjones@aphsa.org

2022 Agenda-At-A-Glance

Below you'll find the conference schedule and agenda-at-a-glance for 2022. We'll keep this updated regularly with all new speakers and sessions, so be sure to keep checking in! (Last Updated August 8, 2022)

Featured Speakers & 2022 Highlights

Monday, October 17

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8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Welcome Opening General Session

Bringing Enthusiasm and Passion to Virtual Training


Keynote Speaker

Cynthia Clay, CEO, NetSpeed Learning

What if your virtual training sessions were so dynamic and compelling that people clamored to attend? Experienced virtual trainers know how to bring enthusiasm and passion to creating inclusive, vibrant virtual learning experiences. 


Connect more in-depth with virtual audiences through powerful presentation techniques, from using your web camera effectively to leveraging the interaction tools in your web conference platform. Learn the secrets of stellar virtual trainers in this engaging keynote. Cynthia Clay is the author of Great Webinars: Interactive Learning that is Captivating, Informative, and Fun, and CEO of NetSpeed Learning.


At the end of this presentation, you will be able to

  • Increase engagement and participation in your virtual learning experiences

  • Create inclusive virtual training that minimizes multitasking

  • Capture and keep the attention of online learners

Wednesday, October 19

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10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Closing General Session

Human Services Learning:  Dreaming of Reformation, Transformation, Abolition, Liberation


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Clarice Bailey, Certified Practitioner and Instructor in Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation and Bridges; Model of Change and Transition

While the concept of diversity and inclusion has been idealized as the way to achieve equity in organizations, the reality is that public and private organizations have fallen woefully short of achieving that goal. So what about organizational culture, practices, and policies that make equal treatment of people an ingrained and unquestionable practice? While changing "hearts and minds" may have been how we formerly framed how we thought to achieve equality, today's efforts require a committed approach to assessing organizational structure, policies, and practices that drive concrete and sustainable actions.


Attendees will be invited to

  • Reflect on the current state of diversity, inclusivity, and equity in their organizational settings

  • Consider individual, community, and systemic biases that serve to reinforce structural oppression and disparate treatment of non-white, non-cis-gendered employees

  • Make a critical analysis of their own leadership practices for equity in their workplace


Countdown to October 16 – NSDTA 2022 Starts in

Early Registration Ends September 16

Take advantage of the savings! Learn more below and register today!


2022 Registration

Registration is Open! To register, you will log in using your email associated with your APHSA membership profile. If you do not have a profile, you must create one to register for the conference.

Questions on registration profiles should be directed to Member Services at memberservice@aphsa.org

NOTICE: Registering for this meeting is an agreement to pay the stated fees. If you register before receiving travel approval and do not attend the conference, your organization will be responsible for paying the registration fees. All registration fees are due at the time of registration with a credit card. If they cannot be paid by credit card, they must be paid before the start of the conference, or a Purchase Order must be on file.


5 Reasons to Attend

Reason #1

Attendance at NSDTA conference increases confidence in abilities as trainers and organizational effectiveness facilitators.

Reason #2

Attendees report a positive impact on their job performance as a result of attending the conference. Changes include, but are not limited to: utilizing difference mediums for training, applying different transfer of learning strategies, and enhanced training evaluation development.

Reason #3

Attendees experience opportunities to apply what they learned to their job, supporting the utility and relevance of the conference topics.

Reason #4

Application of what is learned at NSDTA helps to improve how training and organizational development is facilitated within an attendee’s organization.

Reason #5

The collaboration and knowledge sharing that occurs at NSDTA helps promote shared use of training and organizational effectiveness materials and models across states, and to develop long-term relationships to support development of the health and human services’ workforce.

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Hotel & Travel Info

The DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center is the home of the 2022 NSDTA Annual Education Conference. Located on the Centennial Trail, the hotel is a 3-minute walk from the 100-acre Riverfront Park and Spokane Falls. Follow the Inland Northwest Ale Trail to over 46 breweries. World-class wine tasting rooms like Barrister and Maryhill are less than 10 minutes away. Enjoy a 10-minute walk to shopping and dining at River Park Square and only 3 minutes to the First Interstate Center for the Arts.