Call for Convention Workshop Proposals

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WSPA Call for Convention Workshop Proposals

Coming Together:
Psychological Science and the Practice of Healing

November 2-4, 2018 | Hilton Hotel, Bellevue, WA

Proposal Deadline EXTENDED:  Friday, July 27, 2018, 5 p.m.

Washington State Psychological Association invites program proposals for the 2018 Fall Convention. This year’s Convention theme is “Coming Together: Psychological Science and the Practice of Healing.” We invite you to be a part of this annual event known for its excellent programming addressing clinical and ethical issues facing Washington psychologists.

Read through these guidelines carefully to ensure that your proposal meets the criteria. Submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 for consideration. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

About the WSPA Fall Convention
The Fall Convention is an annual, three-day event combining networking, continuing education, and WSPA membership events. Now taking place each fall, the Convention typically includes reputed speakers and presenters, student poster presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, award winners and guests. The 2018 Fall Convention will be held November 2-4, 2018, at the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue, WA.

Proposal Guidelines
To participate in this conference, please submit a compelling presentation proposal that supports the field of psychology. WSPA is committed to supporting the personal and professional lives of psychologists throughout their lifespan, from student status through retirement. Presentations for all experience levels are welcome. 

WSPA is committed to diversity and multiculturalism. All presentations are expected to address the needs of a diverse population. Presenters are required to explain, as part of their proposal, how their workshop addresses and/or integrates diversity issues into the topic. 

WSPA expects all workshops to contain elements of ethics and/or cultural competency. However, in order for a workshop to count as Ethics CE, ninety percent of the content must address ethics and/or cultural competency. As an APA-approved CE provider, WSPA adheres to their guidelines, and no partial credit is given.  Please note that, in order to be eligible for APA CE credit, the primary presenter must be a doctoral-level professional. 

By submitting a proposal, you acknowledge that you comply with APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists (see

WSPA supports and strongly encourages programs that allow for a collaborative style, address cutting-edge research and create opportunities for thoughtful discussion. Proposals are submitted by downloading and filling out the application found at this link: WSPA-2018-Fall-Convention-1

Length of presentations
As with last year’s convention, 1.5 hour workshops will be held on Friday, November 2nd, and 3-hour workshops will be held on Saturday, November 3rd.  By submitting a proposal for either of these, you are acknowledging that you will be available to present on your assigned day.

Suggested Topics
As the result of a survey of past attendees, the following topic areas were designated to be of high interest. Please note the following topics are suggestions; other topics related to the convention theme are welcome. Interdisciplinary themes are encouraged.

  • Mental health needs of transgender, non-binary/non-gender conforming individuals
  • Addiction, substance abuse and dual diagnosis
  • Diversity
  • Sleep disorders

Submission Deadline
Submissions are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018. Presenters will be notified no later than August 3, 2018 of their proposal acceptance. In submitting a proposal, presenters accept responsibility for the time scheduled for their presentation and agree that they will meet all set deadlines.

Application Schedule

  • Call for workshop proposals sent out Friday, June 15
  • Proposal submissions due Friday, July 27, 2018, 5 PM emailed to
  • Initial acceptances for workshops will be on a rolling basis with a response sent out by Friday, August 10, at the latest.
  • Accepted presenters will need to complete an application for CE approval within 2 weeks of initial notification, which will then be reviewed by the CE Approval Committee.
  • All completed presentations and materials need to be submitted to the WSPA office by Thursday, October 18.

Contact the WSPA Office, at 206-547-4220 or