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2020 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Psychology is a science and practice rooted in an historical context from which has evolved a body of knowledge, ethical principles, shared professional values, and established practices.  Emerging directly from these foundations, however, is the quest for more complete knowledge, novel discoveries, better ways to understand and help, more inclusive and welcoming ways of thinking and working, and new technology that adds to our repertoire.  The highest standards of care in mental health necessitate both our grounding in the basics of our knowledge and practice, and the opening up to better and more useful knowledge and practice. Sometimes innovation can catch us completely by surprise, almost make us catch our breath in wonder and astonishment, and at other times it may seem like the obvious next step to a long-standing set of issues and solutions that have fallen short.  Innovation keeps us open and searching, while the fundamentals keep us moored.

The 2020 MPA Conference, Bridging the Gap: From Fundamentals to Innovation, will help academic and practicing psychologists span the distance from prior foundational learning to the innovations that are moving the field forward.  Rather than focusing solely on the novelty of progress, speakers and workshops will demonstrate how fundamental principles undergird new developments in order to weave a context for innovation and deepen the learning experience for participants. Some of those fundamentals to consider include:

  • the central role of relationship in so much of our work,
  • the demand for scientific bases for our work,
  • the necessity of training and supervision,
  • the ethical foundation that helps us navigate the roads ahead,
  • the attention to diversity and inclusivity,
  • a sense of social justice.

Please consider submitting a workshop proposal for the 2020 MPA Conference to explore how we can strengthen our fundamentals while embracing innovation.  Examples of innovation grounded in fundamental principles may include but is not limited to such topics as:

  • Emotionally focused therapy (couples, family, and individual)
  • Mindful self-compassion
  • Trans-theoretical models
  • Neuroscience – polarization of ideologies
  • Mindfulness practices used to treat specific diagnoses (e.g. PTSD)
  • Psychological treatments for chronic pain
  • Expanding our thinking and practices regarding diversity
  • New models of psychotherapy, “the third wave"
  • Expanding treatment contexts such as telehealth and integrated primary care and health psychology
  • Culturally responsive assessment and therapy, including cultural formulation interview
  • Chronic pain and other medical conditions
  • Addiction and new ways of understanding and new treatment

Workshops and Breakout Sessions will be 75-90 minutes in length. Proposals should directly address the general conference theme and integrate multicultural and ethical considerations either as part of the presentation or in the self-reflection portion of the presentation.


Please submit a proposal that includes a presentation title, list of presenters (including CV's), abstract of 500 words or less, three learning objectives and 3-5 references, including some that are evidence-based and recent by 5:00 pm EST on April 15th.  Please review the attached document HERE which outlines how to correctly craft learning objectives.


Please direct any questions regarding your submission to conference committee co-chairs: Lorraine Mangione ( and Emily Mohr (  We will notify you of the status of your proposal by May 1st.

To submit a proposal, please complete the following form:

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