PRESENTATION TYPES FOR CPA2023

The CPA’s 2023 Annual Convention will feature multiple presentations of varying presentation type.  These include:

  • Workshops (of varying duration and varying eligibility for Continuing Education credits, including 6-hour, 3-hour, and 85-minute Workshops)
  • Spoken Individual Presentations (of varying duration, including 5-minute Snapshots, 12-minute talks, 25-minute Conversation Session, and 25-minute Theory Review Sessions)
  • Spoken Group Presentations (of varying duration, including 55-minute panel discussions and 55-minute symposia)
  • Posters (Printed poster)

See below for more information on each of these presentation types, including descriptions and submission requirements.


WORKSHOPS

The CPA’s 2023 Convention will feature three types of workshops:

  • 6-Hour/6 CE Credits Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops
  • 3-Hour/3 CE Credits Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops
  • 85-minute Workshops (some CE eligible)

Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops: 3-Hour/3-CE credit and 6-hour/6-CE credit

The presenter of a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) – whether a 6-hour/6-CE or 3-hour/3-CE workshop – is typically a senior expert in the topic area; submissions by a novice just entering a topic area will not be considered.

A PDW is not intended for presenting new empirical research.

PDWs are presented by an individual or a group, and are intended to have a clearly defined practical, experiential, and/or demonstrational component. PDWs 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 PDWs 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 has traditionally made use of edited video recordings of Pre-Convention Workshop sessions as the basis for its online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) content for CPA members and other behavioural science professionals. The content from your presentation will only be turned into one of the CPA’s online CPD offerings with your consent.

The CPA will provide an honorarium to presenters on a per PDW basis (i.e., not per presenter) for those workshops that are recorded with the intention of being converted to an online CPD offering on the CPA’s education platform. Additional funding may be available from a CPA Section. To inquire about additional sponsorship for your PDW, please contact the appropriate CPA Section(s) at: https://cpa.ca/sections/.

Accepted PDW presenters will be required to deliver their presentation in-person, on site.

Workshop (85 minutes)

Workshops, 85-minutes in duration, are presented by an individual or a group with widely acknowledged expertise and experience in the topic area.

Workshops are intended to have a clearly defined practical, experiential, and/or demonstrational component; they are also intended to be participatory events where delegates engage and interact with each other. 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. Conversion to CPD may also be possible.

Accepted Workshop presenters will be required to deliver their presentation in-person, on-site.


SPOKEN INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS

Snapshots (5-minutes)

A Snapshot is a 5-minute individual presentation for sharing information in a spoken/visual format in a succinct manner, creating interest in a project/program, and promoting networking amongst delegates.  This format is encouraged for attendees interested in presenting their research as a talk rather than a poster

Each Snapshot is permitted a maximum of 3 slides and will be grouped together into sessions. Effective Snapshots focus on what is critical and are delivered in a stimulating and thought-provoking manner.

A submission for a Snapshot should include the following information: rationale, overview of methodology, summary of conducted analyses or evaluations, conclusions that follow from results/evaluation, and an overview of actions, recommendations, or impacts.

By June 3rd, all accepted snapshot presenters must submit two versions of their snapshot presentation: one with a voice-over recording of the slides, and one without a voice-over recording of the slides.  The presentation of with the voice-over recording will be made available on the CPA’s virtual platform and promoted widely over the summer by the CPA’s communication department.

12-Minute Talk (12-minutes)

The 12-Minute Talk format is intended for delivering a detailed presentation 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 3-minutes for questions. This format is reserved for sharing information about a complex issue, series of studies or an involved program or intervention.

A submission for a 12-Minute Talk should include the following information: the empirical and theoretical context and rationale for the studies or program/policy or intervention; the 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.

All 12-Minute Talk submissions will be grouped into sessions that are organized around a specific theme or topic area. To ensure that each 12-Minute Talk submission is included in an appropriate thematic session, each submission must include informative descriptors.

Accepted 12-minute talk presenters will be encouraged to submit a recording of their talk for inclusion on the convention’s virtual platform; recordings will be made available on-demand to all registered delegates and promoted widely over the summer by the CPA’s communications department.

Review Session (25-minutes)

Review Sessions are intended for the review of one or more theoretical perspective(s)/methods/analyses or for the synthesis of different theoretical perspectives/methods/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. Three presentations may be grouped together in a single session, with a moderator for keeping the session on schedule.

Accepted presenters of Review Sessions are welcomed to submit a recording of their talk for inclusion on the convention’s virtual platform; recordings will be made available on-demand to all registered delegates and promoted widely over the summer by the CPA’s communications department.

Conversation Sessions (25-minutes)

A Conversation Session 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.

Each Conversation Session 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 the forum topic (minimum 10 minutes).

A submission for a Conversation Session 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.

Conversation Session submissions intended for presenting/discussing empirical research will not be considered.


SPOKEN GROUP PRESENTATIONS

Panel Discussion (55-minutes)

A Panel Discussion is the or virtual discussion of a specific topic amongst a selected group of panelists who share differing perspectives.  It includes a brief introduction and then discussion amongst the panelists and the audience.

The panel is typically facilitated by a “moderator” who guides the panel and the audience through the discussion. It typically involves 3-4 experts in the field, who share facts, offer opinions and respond to audience questions either through questions curated by the moderator or taken from the audience directly.

A panel is NOT: a set of presentations, one after another; a one-on-one interview with each panelist; just a Q&A from the audience.

A submission for a Panel Discussion must include the following: an overall abstract of the discussion topic that addresses what makes the topic novel, contentious or pertinent for discussion; name/affiliation/role of the moderator and statement to their qualifications to moderate the session; the names/affiliations/roles of up to four panelists and a clear statement for each panelist on the unique perspective they will be bring to the discussion.

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. Symposia presenters can be from the same or different countries.

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 presenter – an abstract with the same information as required for a Spoken Presentation submission (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).

Please note: The symposium moderator (or convenor) is responsible for the engagement and a productive experience for panel members and the audience. The moderator/convenor should arrange at least one meeting, in person, by phone or electronically, among the panel members prior to the convention and the symposium. On the day of the symposium, the moderator/convenor is responsible for managing the allotted time (55 minutes) and makes sure that the symposium begins on time and 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 members of the audience and that the symposium ends at the allotted time.

For accepted symposia, the moderator and all other presenters must be on-site/in-person.


POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Printed Poster (55-minutes)

Posters are individual, free-standing research presentations that allow for one-on-one interaction and discussion of one’s research with convention attendees. Posters — in print format — are the most appropriate and efficient method for presenting empirical research.

Posters should make use of pictures and diagrams, and they should use words/text sparingly.

A poster title should reflect the results of a study/studies or the effectiveness or impact of a policy/program/intervention.

A submission for a poster presentation should include the following information: rationale, overview of methodology, summary of conducted analyses or evaluations, conclusions that follow from results/evaluation, and an overview of actions, recommendations, or impacts.

Information on preparing one’s poster will be provided upon acceptance of the submission.

By June 6th, all accepted Poster presenters must submit a pre-recorded voice-over narration of their poster. This will be made available on the CPA’s virtual platform and promoted widely over the summer by the CPA’s communication department.  The CPA’s convention staff are also exploring different ways to increase the visibility and reach of posters on-site, throughout the convention’s three days.