Psychology Conventions

2016 CPA Convention Call for Poster Proposals — Deadline December 2

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April 2016 may seem like a long time from now, but the deadline for presentation submissions for the 2016 CPA Convention happening that month has already come and gone! Thankfully, there’s still time to get your poster proposal in — the poster deadline is December 2. The convention will be in Irvine on April 14-17.

To help turn the brilliant idea in your mind into a great poster, CPA has the following guidelines:

Things we are particular about:

  • You must be a doctoral student in psychology or hold a doctorate in psychology to submit a proposal.
  • All poster presenters are required to register for the convention at either the student or presenter rate. Students may volunteer in order to be reimbursed for their registration fee.
  • All presenters listed on the poster proposal are expected to be present when the poster is presented. If you do not plan to attend the poster presentation please do not include your name on the proposal (this includes faculty).

What is a poster?

A poster is an excellent way to summarize your research or single case studies, or to present a conceptual model or innovative interventions in therapy. It is expected that posters will represent work, research, or projects that have been fully completed before presentation at the convention. Literature reviews and planned research are not appropriate for posters.

Guidelines for Poster Proposals:

  • All proposals must be submitted online here
  • All presentation submissions MUST be received by midnight, December 2, 2015. This is a firm deadline.
  • Proposals from members of CPA will receive preference.
  • No presenter may submit more than two poster proposals.
  • A poster consists of key information (brief paragraphs, bulleted outlines, diagrams, tables, graphs) presented together. The CPA convention uses 24” x 36” black foam core board set on easels rather than on a bulletin board. The poster needs to fit on this board.
  • Most copy or print stores can usually print posters (from a PowerPoint file) for a reasonable cost. Poster can be in color or black and white.
  • There must be a primary presenter for each poster proposal. This individual will be the person who will be the main contact for CPA. It will be that person’s responsibility to notify the co-presenters of status and details.
  • Those poster presentations selected will be assigned a time either on Friday or Saturday of the convention. Each day there will be a designated time when presenters are expected to be available to discuss their posters.
  • All those proposing a poster will be notified of the Committee’s decision in January.”

2016 AAMFT-CA 6th Annual Division Conference Call for Presentation Proposals

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San Francisco State University
February 26 & 27, 2016

Dimensions of Cultural Diversity in Couples and Families:
Race, Gender, and Social Justice

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Submission deadline November 22, 2015. Abstracts must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to
  • Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed and scored based on their fit with the conference theme, overall quality, and presenter qualifications.
  • Bonus points will be given to presentations led by current students and recent graduates/new professionals (you may include faculty/clinical co-presenters).
  • Individuals may not be listed on more than two abstract submissions.
  • No more than 6 presenters per submission (workshop or poster).
  • Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed, nor will notifications be provided.
  • The lead presenter will be notified of acceptance/rejection and is responsible for notifying other presenters.
  • You do not need to be an AAMFT member to submit an abstract.
  • All workshop co-presenters are expected to pay for and be in attendance at the conference on the day of your workshop or poster presentation; poster presentations may be given by one co-author attending the conference.
  • Workshops and posters previously presented at other conferences may also be submitted for consideration here. In such cases, please provide a statement explaining how your current submission is the same or different than previous presentations made on the same or similar topic.
  • Presentations that include any form of commercial solicitation will not be accepted.

Definitions of presentation formats

Interactive Workshop: A 50-minute long session that should involve audience participation in some way. The presenters may show a video of their work and have a discussion with the audience (strongly encouraged), put together a panel of professionals who discuss a specific topic, or have a conversation hour that focuses on a particular topic with an experiential component. Abstracts for each of these types of interactive sessions should specify a clear topic, the type of interactive session, and one person who will be facilitating or organizing the panel or session. A one-page handout should be provided at your presentation.

Poster Session: A visual presentation (4′x 4′ poster) of research, treatment, advocacy, or other MFT issues. The AAMFT-CA Division Conference encourages poster submissions for the purpose of disseminating and sharing of research findings, new ideas, innovations, and advances in the profession with as many individuals as possible. Poster sessions allow presenters and attendees to engage in discussions about the author’s presentation that is in illustrated format on a poster board. Presenters are asked to be at their assigned poster board during the entire length of the poster session. A one-page handout should be provided during the poster session.

Proposal Formatting Instructions

Please complete the following information and e-mail it as a Word document to:

Provide all information as you would want it to appear in the conference program.

Page 1: Cover Sheet to Include All of the Following
Title: Should convey the scope of the presentation
Presentation Type (Circle one) a) 50-minute interactive workshop or b) Poster
Presenter(s) 1-6 – Name, Agency or Practice Affiliation, and/or School

Page 2: To Include Each of the Following
Presentation Type (Indicate one) a) 50-minute interactive workshop or b) Poster
Brief summary:

  • 250-words or less summary of the proposed workshop or poster. Be as specific as possible about the content of your presentation and what the participants will learn.
  • Discuss as specifically as possible the usefulness of your content for the clinician, the community agency, community member, student, and/or educator.
  • Research abstracts should include a statement of the research, results, and implications.
  • Research Poster proposals must mention methodology, sample size, and findings, and must report completed data collection.

Learning objectives:
List at least three (3) specific learning objectives for your workshop or poster. Objectives should be phrased as “Participants will…”

Presenter background (all proposals):
Without providing identifying information, describe the qualifications of the presenters, including prior experience with conference presentations.

Has this presentation been submitted or presented to other conferences?
Yes or No
If “yes,” please explain.

Abstracts will be reviewed and scored anonymously. The conference committee will make all final decisions on the conference program, and will review evaluations, program balance, conference theme, and any other factors they deem relevant in selecting workshops and posters for the conference program. All presenters accepted to for the conference program will be notified by January 5, 2016.

Disclaimer: AAMFT, AAMFT-CA, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, or erroneously submitted proposals, and are similarly not responsible for any data processing errors.

For more information about the conference and registration, visit:

Any questions regarding abstracts or submission may be directed to
Dana Stone, Ph.D.
AAMFT-CA Division Conference Committee member

2016 CPA Convention Call for Proposals — Deadline August 30

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April 2016 may seem like a long time from now, but the deadline for presentation submissions for the California Psychological Association Convention that month is right around the corner! The convention will be in Irvine on April 14-17, and the presentation proposal deadline is August 30. The poster proposal deadline will be a later date to be announced.

To help guide your thoughts about how to translate the great idea in your mind into an amazing presentation, CPA has the following advice:

“(1)    Be sure that you consider implications for a multicultural patient population, including racial and ethnic or cultural diversity, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, spirituality, developmental life-span and other special population elements, on individuals. We welcome proposals that illustrate the effective integration of research and practice.

(2)    Consider how you will present your information in an interactive format that will engage your audience in a meaningful way.  Our attendees do not appreciate a presentation heavily dependent on lecture and PowerPoint slides, so please keep that in mind. They do appreciate information based on your significant experience and expertise.

(3)    Consider how you will demonstrate the application of your information to work settings of psychologists; think in terms of what the attendees will walk away with that they can use with their patients, students, or in their particular work setting.

We welcome proposals on a wide range of topics related to clinical practice, training and education, public service, the role of psychology in social justice, technology as it relates to psychology, and applications of psychology beyond the clinical setting such as sports, organizations, conflict resolution, and other non-clinical environments.”

2015 LACPA Convention — Network with Pepperdine Presenters and Award Recipients!

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The annual Los Angeles County Psychological Association convention is coming up on October 24 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Culver City. Congratulations to our former Irvine Testing Desk G.A. and Pepperdine Psy.D. student Ahoo Karimian, who will receive the “Distinguished Service to LACPA by a Graduate Student” award! Karimian_Photo_web

The convention will also feature Pepperdine Psy.D. student Lara Tucci, who will co-present “The Epidemic of Obesity: Psychological Sequela.”


Pepperdine faculty Dr. Carol Falender will co-present “Complexities of Culture: Opportunities and Ethical Challenges.”


This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. David Barlow, an internationally known expert on anxiety disorders. Go here to check out all of the presentations and to register!

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,

LACPA 2015 Convention Call for Presentations and Posters

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2015 Los Angeles County Psychological Association Annual Convention

Call for Presentations: Deadline May 6, 2015
The LACPA Convention Committee is accepting proposals on all topics. Members have expressed interest in programs on PTSD, parenting, anxiety, depression, sexuality, substance abuse disorders, treatment issues with adolescents and couples therapy to name a few. Multicultural perspectives on all topics are welcomed. Proposals will be reviewed by the LACPA Convention Committee.

Call for Posters: Deadline June 12, 2015
LACPA invites poster proposals from its student and early career members (within seven years of receipt of doctorate). Proposals on any research or theoretical topic related to the field of psychology will be considered.
The LACPA Foundation will generously award $200, $100, and $50 for the posters judged to be the three best at Convention.

Click here for rates, location, and other details.

CALPCC 2015 Conference Call for Proposals

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The theme of the 2015 CALPCC annual conference to be held at the University of San Diego on March 6 and 7 is “California LPCCs: Increasing Our Knowledge and Skills, Expanding Our Opportunities.” CALPCC is currently accepting proposals for 75 minute presentations at the conference.

In terms of subject matter for proposals, they advise: “We are particularly interested in presentations on topics that our members have requested through surveys at the previous conferences. Topics of high interest include working effectively with Client Presenting Concerns, such as Substance Abuse, Grief and Loss, PTSD, Mental DIsorders, Dementia, Couples Therapy, as well as Practice Issues related to effective skills for working with culturally diverse client populations by age, gender, SES, faith and family traditions. Proposals relating to learning about opportunities for expanded practice and expansion of the counseling profession in California are also welcome. All proposals should clearly support the theme of the conference with emphasis on helping attendees build their skills and then identify opportunities for utilizing these skills in practice settings.”

The deadline for presentation proposals is January 9, 2015. Go here for all the details!