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 are also 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 10-12 minutes reports about ongoing or completed studies. Brief communications sessions will be 90 minutes and will consist of five to 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 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.

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). For the Santiago meeting, two types of Pre-conference workshops are encouraged. As in past meetings, the first type will be intended to provide training in specific areas of psychotherapy research and in advanced research methods. In line with the theme of the Santiago conference (“Building bridges between clinical practice and research”), we also invite the submission of a second type of workshop involving the active collaboration of clinicians and researchers. These workshops could involve, for example, the clinical presentation of an assessment or treatment method, to be followed by a discussion (led by an expert researcher) on how best to empirically study or validate the clinical procedures described. Alternatively, these workshops could also feature the description of research and/or statistical methods, to be followed by a discussion (led by an expert clinician) on the clinical implications of the empirical procedures described. Submissions should indicate the amount of time desired for the workshop (normally 2 or 3 hours).