CPA Annual National Convention Scientific Program Presentation Types

The CPA’s Annual National Convention features a number of different presentation types, as per below:

 

Pre-Convention Professional Development Workshops (PcPDW): Half-Day (3 CE Credits) and Full-Day (6 CE Credits)
The CPA is pleased to offer a number of half- and full-day workshops for CE credits on Wednesday May 27th, the day prior to the official start of the 2020 CPA Annual Convention.

The presenter of a Pre-Convention Professional Development Workshop (PcPDW) is typically a senior expert in the topic area; submissions by a novice just entering a topic area will not be considered.

A PcPDW is not intended for presenting new empirical research. PcPDWs are presented by an individual or a group, and are intended to have a clearly defined practical, experiential, and/or demonstrational component. PCPDWs are intended to be participatory events where delegates engage and interact with each other. Led by a presenter or presenters with widely acknowledged expertise and experience in the topic area, each workshop should focus on ensuring that participants leave the workshop with 3-6 tangible new skills, tools, and/or techniques (i.e., learning outcomes). Thus, good PcPDWs are innovative, interactive, inclusive, integrative, developmental, provocative, logistically sound, and provide both novice and experienced psychologists with an opportunity to continue their professional development.

The CPA will provide a travel/accommodation reimbursement of up to $1,000.00 per PcPDW (i.e., not per presenter) for PcPDW presenters. This funding is intended solely to reimburse eligible expenses related to presenter travel and accommodation. Additional expenses (e.g., speaker fees or honoraria) are the responsibility of the workshop organizer and/or sponsoring Section. To inquire about sponsorship for your PcPDW, please contact the appropriate CPA Section(s) at: https://cpa.ca/sections/

The CPA bases the registration fees for pre-convention workshops on a break-even budget, meaning that registration revenue is expected to cover the costs associated with organizing the workshop. As a result, the CPA reserves the right to cancel a workshop if it has insufficient registration to cover its costs; the decision to cancel a workshop is typically communicated to workshop organizers 6 weeks prior to the start of the CPA Convention. If a workshop organizer wishes to proceed despite having insufficient registration, all costs not covered by registration revenue will be the responsibility of the workshop organizer.

Conversation Session / Discussion Forum (25-minutes):
A Conversation Session or a Discussion Forum is intended for sharing, exploring and stimulating thoughts and ideas about an issue/topic/case, a program or intervention, or for brainstorming alternative approaches to research, practice, education, and/or policies; they are not intended for presenting/discussing empirical research.

Each Conversation Session / Discussion Forum is submitted by a leader who is expected to provide a clear but brief summary (15-minutes maximum) of the core issues, ideas or approaches, interventions, etc. to be shared and explored. In addition, the leader is expected to inspire participants into sharing and engaging with each other and with the forum topic (minimum 10-minutes).

A submission for a Conversation Session / Discussion Forum must include the following: a statement of the critical issues, ideas or approaches, interventions, etc. to be shared and explored; a statement of why these issues, ideas, etc. are of current interest and appropriate for brainstorming; and a description of methods to be used for encouraging participants to share and engage with the forum topic and with each other.

Note: No audio visual will be provided for this type of session.  Space is limited to only 12 participants per accepted session/forum.

GIMME-5 (5-minute Spoken Presentation)
The GIMME-5 is a method for sharing information in a spoken/visual format in a succinct manner, and for creating interest in a project or program. A GIMME-5 can be used for presenting empirical research, or for highlighting the need for/development of impact or evaluation of a program, policy or intervention.

Each GIMME-5 is allocated a total of 5-minutes (e.g., 4-minutes for a spoken presentation and 1-minute for questions), and each is permitted a maximum of 3 slides. To be effective, a GIMME-5 presentation needs to focus on what is critical, and it needs to be delivered in a stimulating and thought-provoking manner. GIMME-5 sessions are created by including at least 8 individual GIMME-5 presentations.

A submission for a GIMME-5 should include the following information: the rationale for the study/studies or program/policy or intervention; the method of the study/studies or the approach employed for the program/policy or evaluation; a summary of analyses, results and conclusions; and an overview of actions, recommendations, or impacts that occurred or that will be implemented or evaluated.

Printed Poster (85-minutes)
Using pictures and diagrams, and word/text sparingly, printed posters are the most appropriate and efficient method for presenting empirical research. A poster title should inform one about the results of a study or studies or speak to the effectiveness or impact of a policy/program or intervention.

A submission for a printed poster should include the following information: rationale for the study/studies or program/policy or intervention; method of the study/studies or the approach employed for the program/policy; a summary of analyses or evaluations that were conducted; a summary of the results and the conclusions that follow from them; and an overview of actions, recommendations, or impacts that were made, implemented and/or evaluated.

Information on the orientation of the posters (portrait; landscape), size of the posters, etc. will be provided upon acceptance of a submission.

Printed Poster Instructions

Workshop (85 minutes):
Workshops are offered during May 28th – May 30th, 2020. Workshops are intended for the same purpose and have the same requirements as Pre-Convention Professional Development Workshops (PcPDWs). (Please note: Some workshops are eligible for CE Credits. Free access to the workshop is included with your convention registration)

Workshops are presented by an individual or a group and are intended to have a clearly defined practical, experiential, and/or demonstrational component. Workshops are intended to be participatory events where delegates engage and interact with each other. Led by a presenter or presenters with widely acknowledged expertise and experience in the topic area, each workshop should focus on ensuring that participants leave the workshop with at least 3 tangible new skills, tools, and/or techniques (i.e., learning outcomes). Thus, good Workshops are innovative, interactive, inclusive, integrative, developmental, provocative, logistically sound, and provide both novice and experienced psychologists with an opportunity to continue their professional development. CE Credits may be available if applicable.

In contrast to PcPDWs, a total of only 85 minutes will be allocated to each Workshop (with 75 minutes for the workshop and 10 minutes for set-up and tear-down). Please be aware that your submission may be declined if the reviewers deem that their is insufficient time to provide an adequate summary of the material described in the abstract.

Through the 2020 CPA Convention Submission System, you will be able to access/edit your abstracts and view the summaries. You will be able to edit your submission until the system closes at 23:59 EST December 2nd, 2019. It is your responsibility to make the changes online or to send questions about your submissions to convention@cpa.ca before December 2nd, 2018. The submission review phase begins on December 3rd, 2019. Submissions may not be changed during (or following) the official submission review period.

12-Minute Talks (12-minutes)
The 12-Minute Talk format is intended for making a detailed report about a series (more than 2) of empirical studies or a complex program or intervention.

Each 12-minute Talk is allocated 10-minutes for presentation and 2-minutes for questions. This format is reserved for sharing information about a complex issue, series of studies or an involved program or intervention.

The convention program can accommodate only a small number of 12-Minute Talks; thus, choose this option only if it is clearly impossible to present your work either as a printed poster or as a GIMME-5.

A submission for a 12-Minute Talk should include the following information: empirical and theoretical context and rationale for the studies or program/policy or intervention; general method of the studies or the approach employed for the program/policy or evaluation; a summary of analyses, results and conclusions; and an overview of actions, recommendations, or impacts that occurred or that will be implemented or evaluated; and informative descriptors for grouping/scheduling.

Review Session (25-minutes)
Review Session are intended for the review/synthesis of one or more theoretical perspective(s), methods or analyses. This type of submission is not for presenting new empirical research. The presenter is normally a senior expert in the area; submissions by a novice just entering the area will not be accepted.

Each presentation is allocated 25-minutes; in the program, three presentations may be grouped together in a single session, with a moderator for keeping the session on schedule.

Symposium (55-minutes):
A Symposium is a format for delivering a series of Spoken Presentations that focus on the same topic. Each symposium is expected to include a moderator/convenor (10-minutes); overall title and abstract; and 3 papers (10-minutes each) each with an accompanying title and abstract. Symposium convenors have the option of including a Discussant.

Each Symposium is created and submitted by one person, called the symposium moderator (or convenor). The moderator/convenor can function in one of three manners: moderator/convenor only, presenter of one of the Spoken Presentations, or symposium discussant.

A submission for a symposium must include the following:

  • an overall abstract of the symposium with the following information: a brief description of the symposium topic; a statement of what makes this topic novel, contentious, or pertinent to the convention; and a clear statement of how each presenter will offer a unique approach/perspective to the proposed topic.
  • for each paper, an abstract that includes: empirical and theoretical context and rationale for the study or program/policy or intervention; the general method of the study or the approach employed for the program/policy or evaluation; a summary of the issue or analyses/, results/ conclusions; and an overview of actions, recommendations, or impacts that occurred or that will be implemented or evaluated.

Note: The symposium moderator (or convenor) is responsible for creating an engaging and productive experience for panel members and session attendees. The moderator/convenor should arrange at least one meeting, in person, by phone or electronically, among the panel members prior to the convention. On the day of the symposium, the moderator/convenor is responsible for managing the allotted time (55-minutes), ensuring that the symposium both begins and ends on time, and that each panelist has an equitable share of the available time. The moderator/convenor also ensures that at least 15 minutes of the symposium time is set aside for conversation with the session attendees.