APA Call for Convention Proposals | Washington, DC | August 7–10, 2014 3
Special consideration will be given to proposals
consistent with 2014 themes: (a) Psychology and
the Public Good, (b) the Psychology of Violence,
(c) Psychology and Technology, (d) Health
Care Integration and Reform, (e) Mechanisms
and Principles of Change, (f) Internationalizing
Psychology, (g) Controversies and Difficult
Dialogues in Psychology, and (h) Lifelong
Training and Development of Psychologists.
The Central Programming Group reserves the
right to change titles of accepted proposals to
In the event that a proposal is not accepted for
the new collaborative programming, it will be
returned to the divisions in time for consideration
under the division programming process.
Note: Limited funds have been set aside and are available
on a competitive basis to divisional collaborative proposals
for “high draw” presenters. If such funds are requested,
a budget and justification will be needed at the time the
proposal is submitted.
IV. Division Program Submission
Process (Deadline Dec. 2)
Types of Submissions
Symposia: A symposium is a focused session in
which multiple participants present their views
about a common theme, issue, or question. The
views may or may not be adversarial and may
or may not be supported by brief mention of
relevant data. The format of a symposium usually
consists of an introduction to the topic by the
chairperson to provide the audience with a background for 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 a discussant. Most important,
a symposium is not a paper-reading session.
Participants should prepare presentations in
advance so that the chairperson or discussant
can prepare a coherent summary. Participants
are encouraged to speak from notes; reading
papers detracts from the spirit of the symposium. The chair or discussant should not give a
separate presentation. Their role is to integrate,
interpret, and highlight the essential issues
raised by participants.
Skill-Building Sessions: A skill-building
session is a program based on teaching direct
skills and application of theory to participants.
Skill-building sessions combine theoretical
and experiential approaches. Leaders typically
offer practical experience to help participants
increase their understanding and skills in a particular area of current interest in psychology.
Conversation Hours: A conversation hour is an
opportunity for informal discussion and exchange
of ideas between the audience and usually one
or two presenters. Presenters are chosen for their
expertise in a particular area of current interest
to members. The audience can ask questions
and discuss relevant issues in more detail than is
usual in other types of sessions.
Posters: APA especially encourages poster
submissions so that research findings, new ideas,
innovations, and advances in the profession may
be shared with as many individuals as possible.
Poster sessions allow presenters and attendees
to engage in extended discussions regarding the
author’s presentation that is in illustrated format
on a poster board. Poster boards are 8’ high with
a surface of 4’ x 6’ and are placed in rows in a
large hall. Presenters are asked to be at their
assigned poster board during the entire length of
the poster session. If your submission is accepted
for presentation in a poster session, you will be
directed to online instructions to assist you in
preparing your materials in the required format.
Papers: Papers submitted to a division will be
grouped together by the division program chairperson within paper sessions scheduled for either
50 minutes or 1 hour 50 minutes. Paper presentations will be allotted a minimum of 10 minutes for
oral presentation. This format may provide only
limited opportunity for fully presenting one’s
work and for interacting with attendees. Time
allotments for presentations shall be determined
by the division’s program chairperson.
Instructions for Program Submissions
(Symposia, Skill-Building Sessions,
• Type of program (e.g., symposium, discussion,
skill-building session, conversation hour).
• Title of program and up to two subject index
terms for the program (see Section X).