Focus 2020 is Now Virtual

Prior to growing concerns of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), National Safe Place Network (NSPN) released the save the date and location (Las Vegas) for Focus 2020. This unprecedented event has provoked a number of changes in our nation and in the field, including the way events are happening. NSPN has decided to offer Focus virtually this year. Don’t worry, you won’t have to wait two years to network in person, learn face-to-face from phenomenal experts, or compete with your peers in Runaway Games. NSPN will be hosting Focus 2021, in Las Vegas, on July 27–29, 2021.

NSPN invites you to register today for Focus 2020 to share and connect with youth and family service providers across the country for a new, virtual conference experience on August 18-20, 2020.

The theme, Creating Change from Trauma, recognizes the importance of identifying learning and proactive responses to events that impact individual and collective well-being and safety.

In order to facilitate broad participation and support self-care, NSPN will deliver the full day of conference sessions twice. Focus sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 18 from 9:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT / 6:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PDT, and repeat Wednesday, August 19 from 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EDT / 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. PDT. Additional post-conference sessions are available Thursday, August 20 beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT. CEUs may be requested when registering and will be available following confirmed attendance in all sessions.

Focus 2020 Schedule


Tuesday, August 18

Wednesday, August 18

Opening Keynote
Diane Tanaka, MD

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EDT

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. PDT


10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT

Affinity Group Discussions

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT

Lunch break

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PDT

“Tool Time” Live Networking

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PDT


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EDT

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PDT


2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT

NSPN Awards Ceremony
and Closing Session

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PDT














Additional Post-Conference Sessions

Additional Post-Conference Sessions are available Thursday, August 20 beginning at 12:00 p.m. EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT.

  • Helping Youth Thrive in Times of Crisis
  • Executive Action Session
  • Operating Your Safe Place Program Virtually

Registration Fees

Focus 2020: Creating Change from Trauma


Post-conference Sessions *$50

 *NSPN Members and licensed Safe Place agency staff will receive a $25 discount for Focus 2020 registration AND post-conference sessions. 

NSPN is excited to offer this virtual connection and looks forward to helping support the great work you do each and every day.

Register today for Focus 2020.

You may also view details of past conferences including Focus 2018Focus 2016, and Focus 2014.