The 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference will be held Thursday-Sunday, March 13 - 16, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel. The Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) Division 17 of the American Psychological Association, the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) and the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) serve as principal co-sponsors of the 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference. This conference builds on previous counseling psychology conferences, the Northwestern Conference in 1951, the Greystone Conference in 1964, the Georgia Conference in 1987, the Houston Conference in 2001 and the International Counseling Psychology Conference in 2008. These previous conferences have been pivotal in shaping the future of counseling psychology. This conference promises opportunities to further the influence the application of counseling psychology in evolving healthcare, training, research, supervision, and consultation. Other professional groups and corporate co-sponsors of the conference will be named shortly.
Division 17 President, Dr. Sharon Bowman from Ball State University, has made the 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference the focus of her presidential initiative. She co-chairs the conference steering committee with Dr. Mark Leach from the University of Louisville.
As noted above, the theme for the Conference is “Counseling Psychology in Action: Future Opportunities and Challenges.”
Topics of special interest for this conference include four sub-themes:
- Training Contexts
- Integrated Health Care/Holistic Health
- Domestic and International Diversity
Examples of questions relevant to conference topics include:
- Training Contexts: How do we train counseling psychologists? How do we incorporate counseling psychology competencies in training? How do college counseling centers address training needs with more clients presenting with pathology and mental illness? What are the issues with online training? What are the major issues facing CP training programs? For foundational undergraduate and master’s training? For practicum and supervision? For internship and postdoctoral training? For licensure?
- Integrated Health Care/Holistic Health: How do counseling psychologists join with other professionals to facilitate a healthy public? What is CP’s role in the health system? How do we address health disparities? What are the issues for underserved populations? How do we integrate vocational issues, prevention, and new technological tools in promoting health? How do we work collaboratively across disciplines, or work in health care, rehabilitative or other health facilities? What are the training issues for CPs – how do we prepare for the future?
- Violence/Trauma: How do counseling psychologists facilitate change, prevention and healing in response to trauma? What are the issues related to bullying, domestic violence, or workplace and campus violence? What is our role with domestic and international disaster psychology?
- Domestic and International Diversity: How do counseling psychologists keep diversity relevant? How do we push the growing edge of diversity? How do we give ample attention to domestic and international issues? What about immigrants? What about issues of disability, age, gender, fluid notions of sexuality, religion, and other intersectionalities?
We seek proposals that are informed by the priorities of counseling psychology, which include a commitment to holistic strength-based development through preventative, vocational and social justice approaches. We also seek proposals that include attention to research, practice, advocacy, and/or education and training as they pertain to the identified conference topics.
The Conference Program Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Joyce Illfelder-Kaye and Dr. Margo Jackson, is pleased to provide you with this Call for Proposals. The program committee encourages proposals for symposia, posters, workshops, and round table discussions from individuals in all settings representing counseling psychology. Students and early career psychologists are especially invited to submit program proposals and attend the conference. Some preference will be given to symposia that offer CE’s. It is expected that workshop submissions will offer CE’s. The proposal electronic submission deadline has passed. Thank you for all those that submitted proposals on time.
Types of Programs
Poster Sessions are in a format that allows for extended discussion of the presentation with the author. They include illustrative materials placed on a poster with tables, graphs, and data. All research must be complete upon submission for consideration. Poster sessions will be 50 minutes long. A 500-word summary describing the poster must be included.
Symposia are focused panel discussions and/or formal paper presentations in which participants present their views about a common topic or theme. The format of a symposium usually contains an introduction and background on the topic by the chairperson to facilitate the ensuing discussion. Participants then present their viewpoints, followed by interchange among participants and between the audience and participants. Often the symposium will end with an overview of the proceedings by the chairperson or invited discussant. Most importantly, a symposium is not simply a paper reading session. In addition to a 300-word summary describing the symposium, the program proposal must include a 300-word summary (maximum) of each participant’s contribution. Symposia will be for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Workshops are programs designed to teach direct skills and practical applications of theory and research findings. Workshops combine theoretical and experiential approaches to help participants increase their understanding and skills in a particular area of current interest in counseling psychology. Most workshops will be two hours in duration. A limited number of proposals will be accepted for 4 hours workshops. A 500-word summary describing the workshop must be included. Additionally, a 2-3 sentence description of the workshop suitable for publication in the conference program must also be included.
Round Table Discussions are opportunities for informal discussions and exchange of ideas between the audience and one or two presenters. Presenters are chosen for their expertise in a particular area of current interest to members. The presenter(s) usually make(s) brief opening remarks. Then, the audience is free to ask questions and discuss relevant issues in more detail. Round Table Discussions will be 50 minutes long.
No individual papers will be accepted.
Please follow the instructions closely to assure that your proposal is received and reviewed.
The program’s summary will be used for evaluation purposes and should provide the Program Committee with a clear overview of the material to be presented. Proposal summaries may be shorter than designated word limit; however, submissions with summaries longer than 500 words (or 300 hundred words for each symposium paper) will not be reviewed. Proposals that address topics germane to the conference’s theme will receive priority.
For programs that are being offered for CE credit (all workshops, appropriate symposia):
In addition to the summary information listed above, presenters must submit vitae for workshop and symposia presenters, 3-5 learning objectives for the workshop/symposium, and an evaluation form that will be used to indicate how well the learning objectives were met. These materials can also be submitted through the online portal. There will be an evaluation form template available so that presenters can simply format their specific learning objectives for the form.
The submission deadline for all proposals has passed. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
Joyce Illfelder-Kaye, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Training
Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
Penn State University
University Park, PA
Margo Jackson, Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Psychological and Educational Services
Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology
New York, NY