Types of submissions


Posters are appropriate for the full range of research reports, including completed projects, single case studies, pilot studies, and work-in-progress. They provide a good opportunity for detailed discussion with interested colleagues. We will try to group the posters by topic to stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas. Poster presenters also are encouraged to link up with each other if they know they will be presenting on common themes. Required poster size will be announced on the conference website.

Brief Communications

Brief communications are expected to be 5-10 minutes reports about ongoing or completed studies. Brief communications sessions will be 90 minutes and will consist of six short communications, with 5 minutes for discussion allotted to each presentation. The Program Council will designate moderators for the sessions. If it proves difficult to schedule all submissions of brief communications, the Program Council may request you to consider presenting your work as a poster (see above).


Panels should include three to four presentations focused on a common theme, or reporting different aspects of a large-scale research project. Panels will be 90 minutes with a minimum of 20-30 minutes for open discussion. Each panel should have a moderator (normally, the organizer of the panel, or another clearly relevant person). Panels with two or three papers are expected to have a prepared discussant. Panels with international representation are strongly encouraged and will be preferred. If a panel features your research group, consider inviting a discussant from a different region.


The Program Council welcomes suggestions for Plenary or Semi-Plenary presentations. These will be substantial conference events and address a topic of wide importance closely related to the conference theme. One or two presenters might give an overview of the topic or engage in a debate of contrasting positions. One third of the time would be devoted to questions and debate with the audience. Plenaries will be 60-minute occasions.

Structured Discussions

These are meant to provide an opportunity for a group of colleagues to discuss a specific topic in psychotherapy research (e.g., specific methods, theories, new developments, disorders, socio-cultural aspects, etc.). A number of persons should be named who agree to lead the discussion. Sessions should be structured by having each designated discussant give a position statement (of maximally 5 minutes) on the theme to elicit active participation from audience members.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops will be held on the afternoon prior to the evening session that opens the conference (i.e., Wednesday afternoon). These are intended to provide training in specific areas of psychotherapy research and in advanced research methods. Submissions should indicate the amount of time desired for the workshop (normally 2 or 3 hours).

Conference Workshops

Some Workshops may be held during the regular programme of the conference. Generally they would have a shorter duration than Pre-Conference Workshops and there would be some scheduling reason why they could not be placed within the Pre-Conference section. They are intended to provide methodological information and training in specific areas of psychotherapy research. Conference Workshops will be limited to 90-minutes.

Research Consultation Workshops

These will be opportunities for researchers to discuss projects with experts in research design, implementation, and analysis. There will be time to discuss two or three projects in each workshop. Presenters will be expected to present work in progress (5 to 10 minutes) and to identify the aspects for which they want help. The Program Council will group submissions to form a common focus for each Workshop. Workshops will be scheduled within the regular program and will feature invited Research Consultants. Research Consultation Workshops will be limited to 90-minutes.