IAC/AAC Conference 2017 – CALL FOR PROPOSALS – FINISHED

During the upcoming IAC 2017 conference, participants will have the opportunity to present their work during: Pre-Conference Workshops, Working Groups, and Poster Exhibitions. The IAC-AAC scientific committee will be accepting proposals until December 31st, 2016. The conclusions of the scientific committee will reach participants by February 8th, 2017 and the decision of the scientific committee is final.

Proposals should be sent by email to Dr. Ruth Falzon, ruth.falzon@um.edu.mt

checkbox-pen-outlinePre-Conference Workshops: 

IAC Pre-conference workshops are usually held a day before the conference starts and during the day of the conference opening ceremony (which takes place in the evening).

Pre-Conference Workshops offer participants the opportunity to develop new knowledge, skills and attitudes with respect to various areas of counselling. They provide participants with the opportunity to gain some sustained, practical professional development prior to the conference itself. IAC Pre-Conference workshops provide professional development opportunities for participants before the conference begins, and are considered as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Pre-Conference Workshops are designed to offer participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in aspects of counselling skills and strategies of work. Working individually and/or in groups, participants can address actual work related tasks and case studies.

 

Workshops are not seminars, and are usually smaller in size and more intense in content than seminars. During workshops, participants are presented with new skills and knowledge which they may actually practice under the guidance of the workshop presenter/ facilitator. As such, it is advisable that when planning workshops, presenters aim for a group of not more than 30 participants. This will ensure full participation by all workshop members. The size of workshops depends on the learning objectives and learning outcomes, of the workshop presenters. In some IAC conferences, oversubscribed Workshops have been run more than once. IAC workshops aim to bring counsellors, practitioners (in related fields), academics, researchers and students together. Using their joint interested in the field of counselling they can explore and create networks of practices, research and reflection.  IAC workshops aim to facilitate discussions on the specific subject matter which has the potential to create pathways for future research and practice.

Guidelines for Pre-conference Workshop Proposals

When submitting their workshop abstract to the IAC scientific committee, potential workshop presenters must ensure that they include:

  1. Title and topic
  2. Presenting author and if any, co-authors (for joint papers)
  3. Abstract (200-300 words) which should include:
  • The rationale of their Workshop
  • What participants would gain from the Workshop
  • Aims of the workshop
  • Learning outcomes of the workshop
  • Three to five major references, if applicable (American Psychological Association – APA – style) References are required if they reflect research and method of delivery, if they reflect practice, details of the experience and links to counselling theories are necessary(an excellent link to process APA is https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).

d. Duration of Workshop (Number of hours – minimum two maximum three hours)

e. Minimum and maximum number of workshop participants

f. Type and size of room needed

g.Description of room resources required (e.g. moveable chairs/tables/carpet…)

h. Resources required – technological or otherwise

i. Dress code of participants as needed for the workshop (e.g. tracksuit/comfortable shoes…)

j. Resources participants need to bring with them

k. Three to six key words which encapsulate the workshop

(Deadline for all Submissions: 31st December 2016)

  1. Kindly submit via email to Dr. Ruth Falzon, ruth.falzon@um.edu.mt

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 checkbox-pen-outlineWorking Groups:

IAC Working Groups have a specific theme and run on each day of the conference over a number of sessions. They provide opportunities for participants to present their work such as theoretical, empirical or practical studies and to have their voice heard at a global level. They form the heart of IAC Conferences. They provide opportunities for sustained contact and a home-base for participants throughout the conference.  IAC recognises that they are a foreign concept to many conference goers new to IAC, hence this explanation. The key idea behind these groups is that participants not only get a chance to present their papers, but to meet others from a wide range of cultures and countries and get to know them more profoundly than they would normally be able to, within a conference context. This fits within IAC’s vision to contribute to a world within which peace, social justice and respect are available to all, by providing forums for extended conversations and understanding between cultures.

The 2017 WORKING GROUPS Topics are:

  • Group 1 –Domestic Violence – its impact on women and societies generally
  • Group 2 –Counselling and HIV/AIDS
  • Group 3 – Counselling and Substance Abuse
  • Group 4 –Counselling Changing Families
  • Group 5 –Counselling and Poverty
  • Group 6 –Counselling in the face of Profound Loss
  • Group 7 –Counselling in Education
  • Group 8 –Counselling as a Profession in South America
    and Challenges in Career Counselling
     

Working group sessions last around 90 minutes and have three to five presenters. About one third of the presentation time is to be reserved for participant discussion, questions and comments.

For joint presentation papers, one of the presentation authors is to be designated as the corresponding presenter, who will be responsible for: completing submission of the abstract, notifying co-authors about the acceptance process, and completing early registration upon receiving acceptance. 

The Working Group Coordinator remains constant throughout all Working Group sessions. They are responsible for facilitating and keeping track of time, and they compile conclusions and recommendations, which are presented on the last day of the conference. All recommendations are then compiled and sent to the United Nations (UN).

Practical guidelines for Working Groups’ presenters:

  • Your presentation will be allocated to a working group. You may choose to stay in that working group for all of its sessions. However you may choose different sessions across working groups
  • Be aware of any language difficulties and other cross-cultural issues in your group. Speak slowly and simply, and allow time for translation if necessary.
  • Your presentation can be easy and informal. You may wish to present in a conversational way, using PowerPoint or slides, or you may just want to talk informally about your paper. You may also choose to read it aloud, to combat language concerns.
  • Speak about your paper initially for about 10-15 minutes, this allows the group to then: pick up ideas of shared interest, question you, and engage in cross-cultural comparisons to enable discussion. The group is also free to pick up and discuss other themes and ideas from the conference, for example those that have arisen in plenary sessions, linking these, where relevant, to your own presentation.
  • During each discussion session someone will be acting as a ‘recorder’. The working group coordinator will then put together and summarise conclusions and recommendations discussed. These will be reported to the IAC during the final conference plenary.

Guidelines for Working Group Proposals

When submitting working group abstracts to the IAC scientific committee, potential presenters must ensure that they include:

  1.  Title and topic
  2. Presenting author and if any, co-authors (for joint papers)
  3. Abstract (200-300 words) which should include:
  • The goals, theoretical framework, research questions, rationale
  • Methodology (design, procedures, participants, instruments)
  • Major findings, limitations, conclusions & discussion
  • Three to five major references, if applicable (American Psychological Association – APA – style). References are required if they reflect research and method of delivery, if they reflect practice, details of the experience and links to counselling theories are necessary(an excellent link to process APA is https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).

d. Three to six key word

e. If the presented study is based on a Master’s or Doctoral thesis, this must be indicated.

(Deadline for Submission: 31st December 2016)

Proposals should be sent by email to Dr. Ruth Falzon, ruth.falzon@um.edu.mt

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checkbox-pen-outlinePoster Exhibition

Posters offer participants the opportunity to visually share findings of theoretical, empirical or practical studies, as well as reflections on their practices. Posters will be on display throughout the conference.

Poster authors will be asked to be personally present by their poster at scheduled 30-minute poster sessions as indicated in the conference programme. This will allow interested participants to ask questions and initiate discussions. For joint poster papers, one of the presentation authors is to be designated as the corresponding presenter, who will be responsible for: completing submission of the abstract, notifying co-authors about the acceptance process, and completing early registration upon receiving acceptance.

Poster presenters will be required to respond to audience inquiries during the designated Poster session time-slot.

Practical guidelines for Poster presenters

Posters must be:

  • 80cm x 120cm (Vertical Format).
  • The title and author/s should appear at the top of your poster.
  • Poster should reflect the same contents as your submitted abstract.
  • Poster should be written in letters/have visuals large enough to be read/seen clearly from a distance of 1.5 meters.

For Mounting:

  • The conference secretariat will provide materials to mount the poster.
  • The Conference Committee does not assume any responsibility for material displayed on the poster boards.
  • Please remove your Poster at the end of the conference (the conference committee cannot be responsible for Posters left behind after the conference closes).

Guidelines for Poster proposals

When submitting poster abstracts to the IAC scientific committee, potential presenters must ensure that they include:

  1. Title and topic
  2. Presenting author and if any, co-authors (for joint papers)
  3. Abstract (200-300 words) which should include:
  • The goals, theoretical framework, research questions, rationale
  • Methodology (design, procedures, participants, instruments)
  • Major findings, limitations, conclusions & discussion
  • Three to five major references, if applicable (American Psychological Association – APA – style). References are required if they reflect research and method of delivery, if they reflect practice, details of the experience and links to counselling theories are necessary(an excellent link to process APA is https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/).

d.  Three to six key word.

e.  If the presented study is based on a Master’s or Doctoral thesis, this has to be indicated.

 

(Deadline for Submission: 31st December 2016)
Proposals should be sent by email to Dr. Ruth Falzon, ruth.falzon@um.edu.mt