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SPR 2014 : Society for Psychotherapy Research 45th Annual International Meeting - 25–28 June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark


When Jun 25, 2014 - Jun 28, 2014
Where Copenhagen, Denmark
Submission Deadline Dec 1, 2013
Notification Due Feb 28, 2014
Final Version Due Apr 1, 2014
Categories    psychotherapy   research   psychology   counselling

Call For Papers

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to the Society for Psychotherapy Research 45th Annual International Meeting - 25–28 June 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark

Call for Submissions

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If you have any questions, requests, ideas or suggestions for the conference and its scientific program, please send an email to Jeanne Watson:

Dates to Remember
• December 1, 2013: Deadline for submissions
• Late-February 2014: Notifications of acceptance
• March 1 until April 1, 2014: Online revision period to modify your abstract.

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen, Denmark June 2014,

Jeanne Watson

President-Elect & Program Committee Chair

Call for Submissions
For the 45th International SPR Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 25-28, 2014
The theme for the 45th Annual International SPR meeting in Copenhagen is "Facilitating Change: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future." The Program Committee encourages proposals that explore how change is facilitated in psychotherapy from multiple perspectives including clients, therapists, and researchers. We hope that participants will draw on the rich history of research and scholarship in psychotherapy process and outcome, build on the lessons learned to inform current theoretical issues and problems facing the field, and point to future directions for research and practice. The intent is to stimulate discussion among our colleagues from around the world as well as across the generations of psychotherapy researchers. We would like to encourage presentations, panels, discussions, and posters from a broad spectrum of psychotherapy researchers and clinicians drawn from diverse theoretical orientations, modalities, methodologies, and cultures.

In addition to the specific conference theme, the program committee invites submissions on all areas of psychotherapy research, practice, and training. We welcome the full range of contributions to the field of psychotherapy, including reports of innovative research methods and empirical studies of varied treatment modalities (individual, couple, family, group, and milieu therapies), diverse patient populations (children, adolescents, adults, and seniors), a wide range of diagnostic and problem categories (e.g., various psychological/psychosomatic disorders as well as the effects of cultural, political or economic oppression and migration), and a broad spectrum of theoretical approaches (e.g., CBT, behavioral, existential- humanistic, interpersonal, psychodynamic, systemic, etc.). As in all previous calls for submissions to SPR conferences, we invite qualitative as well as quantitative studies, single case research, process and outcome studies, meta-analyses, methodological contributions, research on psychotherapy measures, literature reviews and so forth.

Submission Policies and Guidelines
The official conference language will be English; all submissions should be made in English. First authorship by an individual is limited to one presentation on a Panel or Brief Paper session and two presentations in the Poster format. However, please note that one person can be listed as a co-author on multiple presentations as long as different people present them. There is no limitation on Chairing panels. In order to ensure a broad range of participation on panels and in discussion sessions, each attendee may serve as a discussant on a maximum of two panels and/ or participate in a maximum of two open discussions. Program submissions will be accepted via the submission portal (online), beginning November 1, 2013. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be emailed mid-February 2014.

To submit go to the submission portal for Copenhagen 2014:
Please retain your submission ID. Please read these instructions carefully before submitting your work!
Although preference in general will be given to presentation of completed studies, we also aim to foster discussion of research projects at various stages of development (especially in Structured Discussion Groups, Posters, and Brief Paper sessions). In selecting Panels, preference will be given to those that include: (a) presentations on a topic common to different treatment approaches or research methods, (b) representatives from different research teams, (c) members from different countries, and/or (d) presenters at different career stages.
All abstracts are limited to 250 words. For Panels, Structured Discussions, and Pre-Conference Workshops, the moderator/organizer should provide an overview of the session as a whole. Brief Papers, Papers in a Panel, and Posters should be structured using the following headings: Aim, Methods, Results, Discussion.
Click the word example to see a sample of a Panel submission. The Book of Abstracts will be available for download on the SPR 2014 Copenhagen website and hardcopies will be available for purchase at the time of registration and at the conference.

A central purpose of SPR is to foster discussion between members and it is therefore essential that presenters leave ample time for discussion of their work. A minimum of 15 minutes in each 90-minute panel session should be reserved for open discussion with members of the audience. We encourage the inclusion of panel discussants that can provide a distinctive research and/or clinical perspective on the panel presentations. We strongly recommend submission of coherently organized Panels, as standalone presentations will be designated Brief Papers and limited to 8-10 minutes. Depending on the number of submissions and possible time constraints, it may be necessary for the Program Committee to request changing the type of presentation (e.g., oral presentation to poster).
Finally, if you have an idea for a panel or other collaboration, to find colleagues with similar interests please consider using the SPR mailing list, or ResearchGate Psychotherapy_Research/

Please note that well-integrated panels with authors from different research groups often have the largest attendance.

If you have any questions, requests, ideas or suggestions for the conference and its scientific program, please send an email to Jeanne Watson:
Dates to Remember
• Online submissions will be open from November 1 to December 1, 2013.
• Notifications of acceptance will be emailed mid-February 2014.
• Online revision period: Presenters will be able to modify their abstracts between March 1 and April 1, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your program proposals and seeing you in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 25-28, 2014!

Program Planning Committee
Jeanne Watson (President Elect & Program Chair), Martina Belz, Michael Constantino, Gary Diamond, Robert Elliott, Beatriz Gomez, Martin Grosse Holtforth, Eunsun Joo, Robert King, Aarno Laitila, Evelyn McMullen, Margot Schofield, J. Christopher Perry (General Vice-President), Alberta Pos, Stig Poulsen (Local Host)
Submission types
There are 5 categories or types of presentation for the 2014 Conference: Panels, Brief Papers, Structured Discussions, Posters, and Pre-Conference Workshops. To increase the value of Poster and Brief Paper sessions, the Program Committee will organize them into groups by topic. The following is an overview of submission types:

Panels should include three to four presentations focused on a common theme or various facets of a large-scale research project. Panels with international representation and presenters at different career stages are especially encouraged. Panels will be 90 minutes in duration with a minimum of 15 minutes for open discussion with audience members. Each panel should have a moderator (normally the organizer of the panel or another relevant person). Panels with papers are expected to have a discussant prepared to offer comment on the papers or the topic being presented. We encourage the inclusion of panel discussants that can provide a distinctive research and/or clinical perspective on the panel presentations.

Brief Papers
Brief Papers are 8-10 minute reports about ongoing or completed studies. Brief paper sessions will be 90 minutes in duration and will consist of five to six short presentations, with 5 minutes for discussion with audience members allotted to each. The Program Committee will designate moderators for the Brief Paper sessions. If it proves difficult to schedule all submissions of brief papers, the program committee may request that the work be presented as a poster.

Structured Discussions
These are meant to provide an opportunity for group discussion among colleagues on a specific topic in psychotherapy research (e.g., specific methods, theories, new developments in research and practice, disorders, etc.). A number of persons should be named who have agreed 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.

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 the exchange of ideas. Poster dimensions should be approximately 32" x 40" (80cm x 100cm) in portrait format. Please keep in mind that many attendees will appreciate receiving a handout summarizing your research findings.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Workshops will be held on the afternoon prior to the evening session that opens the conference Wednesday afternoon. Two types of pre - conference workshops are encouraged. The first is intended to provide training in specific areas of psychotherapy research, methods, or data analysis. The second type of workshop entails the clinical presentation of an assessment or treatment method that is followed by discussion on how best to empirically study or validate the clinical procedures described. Submissions should indicate the amount of time desired for the workshop (either 2 or 3 hours).

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