• Dear WVPA colleagues,

    On behalf of the Conference Planning Committee, I am pleased to present the call for proposals for the 2018 Fall Conference.

    2018 WVPA Fall Conference Friday & Saturday, October 12th & 13th Stonewall Resort & Conference Center, Roanoke, WV


    Submission Deadline: July 6, 2018

    Conference Theme

    The 2018 WVPA Fall Conference, "Psychology: Part of the Solution,” will address how we utilize ourselves as professional psychologists, teachers, and administrators as agents of change in the lives of our clients and within our communities. The conference programming will focus on the impact that psychologists can have on the behavioral health problems that are so prevalent among those living in West Virginia and the surrounding region such as addiction, obesity, chronic pain, cancer, and diabetes, to name a few.

    We also seek to highlight the impact that adverse and traumatic events play in the lives of our clients most at risk for these problems such as children, adolescents, senior adults, and marginalized populations.

    The conference aim is to facilitate an exploration and re-envisioning of how our profession can create dynamic change through how we teach, train, and practice the science of psychology in our communities. The conference and attendees will create a learning and consultation environment that will promote the sharing of innovative and evidence-based interventions. Practical tools, innovative and evidence-based approaches will be offered through experiential workshops, learning symposia, and conversations to inspire conference attendees to explore ways to promote psychologists as agents of change for the individual client and within our broader communities.

    Presentation Categories

    Experiential Workshop: In a 1.5 hour workshop, the facilitator/s combine didactics and experiential exercises that foster learning. Although knowledge is covered, the crux of the topic is learning through doing. The exercises should be transferable to a variety of clinical settings so that attendees can share them with their respective professional settings.

    Roundtable Conversation: In a 1.5 hour workshop, the facilitator/s introduce an important topic that impacts professional and health service psychology. Along with didactics, specific questions will be prepared by the facilitator/s to contribute to group conversations that invite depth and an atmosphere of genuine dialogue.

    Symposium: In a 3 hour session, two or three presentations are given around a common theme. An expert discussant may provide feedback. A symposium proposal submission must include one program summary that integrates the multiple presentations within the session, and must contain no more than three presentations. It must clearly indicate the titles and contents of each presentation within the symposium. No individual proposals for symposium presentations are accepted.

    Guidelines for All Proposals

    All proposals may be submitted online at https://wvpsychology.org/ and should include the following:

    Lead author name, degree, and place of employment Contact name for the lead author (email and phone number) Names, degrees, and places of employment of additional authors Title of proposal – for Symposia, each title submitted An abstract describing the content and method of the presentation (300 words or less, 150 words or less for poster) 2-3 learning objectives

    Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the WVPA Fall Conference Planning Committee and selected based on the following criteria: Topic choice and its relevance to conference theme Membership appeal Generalizability of presentation content to membership Methodology/mode of inquiry Innovation and creativity Contribution to the field

    Those submitting proposals will be notified by email upon receipt of their proposals. The conference planning committee may ask submitters to consider altering the format of their submission to best accommodate conference program scheduling. Submission decisions will be sent via email by July 16, 2018. For those selected for inclusion, individual authors will be contacted to provide additional information needed for CE approval. Please be advised that presenters will be assigned their presentation date (Oct. 12 or 13) and time.
  • Presenter(s) Information

  • Best number to contact on day of presentation
  • Up to 300 words.

  • By the end of the session, participants should be able to focus on measurable and observable outcomes. Remember to use SMART Guidelines (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time bound). Additional guidance http://www.apa.org/ed/sponsor/resources/objectives.pdf.

  • Verbs to Consider Using: ●list, ●describe, ●recite, ●write ●compute, ●discuss, ●explain, ●predict ●apply, ●demonstrate, ●prepare, ●use ●analyze, ●design, ●select, ●utilize ●compile, ●create, ●plan, ●revise ●assess, ●compare, ●rate, ●critique

  • Verbs to Avoid Using: Do not use terms like ●Understand, ●Know, ●Learn, ●Appreciate, ●Become Familiar With, ●Become Aware Of
  • Please write a brief professional biography for each speaker. This information will be listed in the conference brochure.
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