Call for Presentations: Christian Association for Psychological Studies 2016 International Conference

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The 2016 CAPS International Conference will take place in Pasadena on March 10-12 and will feature the theme “CONNECT: The Healing Power of Relationship.” You are invited to submit a proposal for the general program by September 30. A student paper competition is also taking place, with a deadline of October 31. Interested? Go here to learn more about CAPS and read on below for details about how to submit a proposal!

All General Program Submissions
Due September 30, 2015

Student Paper Competition
Due October 31, 2015

You are invited to submit a proposal for a presentation at the CAPS 2016 International Conference.

Our purpose is to bring students, professors, clinicians, researchers and pastors together in order to promote the relationships amongst the behavioral sciences, counseling practices and Christian faith. Preference is given to proposals submitted by CAPS members.


Consider the presentation you wish to propose using the Presentation Format options listed below.
Enlist colleagues to present with you if the format requires more than one presenter.
TO SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION/PAPER return to this page once online acceptance has begun.
At the end of the on-line submission document is a “Participation Agreement”. Be sure the primary presenter reads and discusses the terms of the “Participation Agreement” with all co-presenters; the primary presenter must check a box indicating ALL co-presenters agree to these terms.
Make a copy of this proposal for your own records.

**Incomplete proposals will not be considered for the program until ALL requested information is submitted. Your proposal will be acknowledged within one week after receipt. Proposal acceptance/rejection status will be noted on the website; this information will be posted by December 15, 2015.

Seminar: Thorough discussion of a topic by an individual or group of up to four persons having essentially the same perspective. Proposals must clearly define the subject to be discussed. Names, qualifications, addresses, and phone numbers of the presenter(s) must be listed. Length of time is one or two hours. NOTE: There are very few 2-hour slots on the program.

Symposium: Thorough discussion or multiple short papers of topic by a panel of two to four persons having different viewpoints, or representing different approaches to a common topic, plus a neutral moderator. Proposals must clearly define the subject to be discussed, and list the titles/ authors of each paper, as well as the overarching theme of the symposium. Names, qualifications, addresses, and phone numbers of the presenter(s) must be listed. Length of time is one to two hours. NOTE: There are very few 2-hour slots on the program.

Clinical Demonstration: Demonstration of a particular therapeutic style or technique providing an opportunity to observe its application through direct observation. Length of time is one to two hours. NOTE: There are very few 2-hour slots on the program.

Paper: Papers may be 30 minutes or 1-hour in length. If you prefer a 30 minute slot, you will share the hour with another presenter whose paper topic is similar to your own. Student papers will be considered; they are encouraged to present with their mentoring professors.

Poster Session: Walk-by display of a paper or research, showcased in a way that encourages interchange between authors and attendees. Summary copies or entire work should be available for distribution. Students may submit presentations in this format with or without faculty co-authors.


The annual CAPS Student Paper Competition recognizes graduate and undergraduate students for excellence in Christian psychological research and scholarship. Three prizes for student papers are presented at the annual conference. The prizes consist of: graduated cash awards for 1st ($250), 2nd ($150), and 3rd ($100) places. All 3 winners shall receive complimentary one-year student memberships to CAPS and a certificate suitable for framing.

Please note the following guidelines: Submitters shall be matriculated full-time students in either undergraduate or graduate programs at the time of writing the paper. Papers should clearly state on the title page only whether the student is submitting as an undergraduate or graduate student, and only one paper per student may be submitted to a competition.

The typical submission can be theoretical or empirical, and should be conceived and written by one student, or possibly with just one additional student co-author.
Faculty mentors or sponsors may provide guidance and editing input, but guidance should fall short of the threshold of being a co-author.
The full paper should be emailed as an attachment, received by midnight of the published deadline, and be in Microsoft Word format to assist with blind review by a panel of judges.
In cases where co-authors win a prize, the cash prize winnings shall be divided, presumably, between the authors, and, if applicable, non-cash prizes will be awarded to the first author. Certificates, however, are provided to all authors.

You may request a copy of the assessment rubric and submit completed papers by October 31, 2015 at the following address: Dr. Joshua Hook,


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