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Submission Guidelines

General Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions are to be submitted as a Microsoft Word Document and emailed to Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director (cgatto@apsa.org). APsaA does not accept proposals in the body of an email. There is no need to follow up with a hard copy. You will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please call Carolyn at 212-752-0450 ext. 20
  • APsaA members presenting on the Scientific Program are expected to pay a registration fee.  Non APsaA members presenting on the Scientific Program will receive complimentary admission to the session they are presenting at. If they wish to attend other sessions on the program, they are expected to pay the appropriate registration fee.

Scientific Papers

Deadline is May 20 for the National (January) Meeting.

Overview

Papers are presented by the author and considered by a formal discussant with ample time allotted for the audience to respond. Scientific paper sessions are scheduled on Friday and Saturday of the meeting.

Submission Guidelines

  • The cover page of the paper should include the title and author's contact information. The author's name should not appear on any subsequent page. The first page of the paper should include the title.
  • Scientific Papers are for oral presentation and must be no longer than 4,500 words and timed for 40 minutes reading time. This does not count references or the cover page showing the author's contact information.
  • Include (in a separate document) a 100 word description and two educational objectives which will be printed in the Preliminary and Final Program if your paper is accepted.  Click here for the Description and Educational Objectives guidelines. 
  • Complete the Continuing Education Criteria form.
  • If a paper is accepted for the meeting, the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA) has right of first consideration. The paper cannot have been accepted or be under consideration for publication by another journal. JAPA submissions must be done separately. For further information regarding JAPA submissions, please contact Lynn Cullen, JAPA Editorial Assistant, lmculle@emory.edu.

Submit to:
Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director (cgatto@apsa.org).
You will send one email with the subject line "Scientific Paper Proposal".  The email should include the following three attachments:
1) Your Scientific Paper
2) Description and Educational Objectives
3) Continuing Education Criteria Form 

Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award

If you are a candidate or have graduated analytic training within the last seven years and are submitting a Scientific Paper according to the Scientific Program Submission Guidelines above, you will be eligible for the Karl A. Menninger Memorial Award.


Discussion Groups

Deadline is May 20 for the National (January) Meeting.

Overview

Discussion Groups permit a small number of participants to discuss a topic of mutual interest. The groups meet annually; this continuity offers participants to collaborate.  Discussion Groups are scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday of the meeting.

Submission Guidelines

Discussion group proposals (two pages maximum) must be submitted with the following headings:

Submit to:
Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director (cgatto@apsa.org).
You will send one email with the subject line "Discussion Group Proposal". The email should include the following two attachments:
1) Your Discussion Group Proposal
2) Continuing Education Criteria Form  

Symposia

Deadline is May 20 for the National (January) Meeting.

Overview

Symposia explore the interface between psychoanalysis, society and related disciplines. Many focus on how psychoanalytic thinking can be applied to non-psychoanalytic settings. These sessions feature 10-15 minute presentations given by a maximum of three presenters, with the remaining time allotteed for audience participation. No papers are read and the emphasis is on audience interaction.  Symposia are scheduled on Friday and Saturday of the meeting.

Submission Guidelines

Symposia proposals (two pages maximum) must be submitted with the following headings:

Submit to:
Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director (cgatto@apsa.org).
You will send one email with the subject line "Symposia Proposal".  The email should include the following two attachments:

1) Your Symposia Proposal
2) Continuing Education Criteria Form 


Panels

Deadline is October 15 for the National (January) Meeting (please note the one year lead time).

Overview

Panels bring together nationally recognized psychoanalysts to present papers on clinical and theoretical topics. Active interchange with the panelists is encouraged in response to questions from the audience. Please note the lead time following the submission of panel proposals. All panel proposals are circulated and voted upon one year in advance by the Program Committee members. For example, a proposal that has been submitted for a National (January) Meeting is received in October. It is voted on in January and, if accepted, the panel is held the following January. When the committee meets, the eight proposals that have received the greatest number of votes are discussed, and from among these a selection is made. Panels take place during the National meeting on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the meeting.

Submission Guidelines


Panel proposals (two pages maximum) must be submitted with the following headings: 

1. Name of Proposed Panel

2. Child or Adult Panel (please indicate which one)

3. Submitted by:

4. Description

5. Objective

6. Suggested participants (chair, panelists, discussant if there is to be one).  Please note final decisions as to participants will be made in consultation with the program committee.

7. Suggested format (see below for various formats or suggest your own).

Please complete the Continuing Education Criteria form

Submit to:
Carolyn Gatto, Scientific Program and Meetings Director (cgatto@apsa.org).
You will send one email with the subject line "Panel Proposal".  The email should include the following two attachments:
1) Your Panel Proposal
2) Continuing Education Criteria Form 

Frequently Asked Panel Questions

What is an APsaA panel?

Typically, APsaA sponsors four panels at each of our conferences. Panels address a wide range of currently pertinent or challenging clinical, theoretical, historical or professional topics through active interchange among panelists and with panelists and audience.

What is the format of an APsaA panel?

Several formats are encouraged, and are more likely to be selected for presentation:

  • A panel in which panelists address, perhaps in two rounds of about 10 (and in no case more than 15) minute presentations, questions posed by the panel chair.  In between rounds, discussion with each other and the audience is encouraged.  (Such a format works well for a topic in which panelists may wish in a first round to give a general perspective, and in a second round, a clinical vignette).
  • A format with individual presentations that are about 15 (and in no case more than 20) minutes, sometimes followed by a discussant and always with questions and interchange with the audience. This format is closer to a traditional papers panel.
  • A panel configured as a roundtable, with a chair asking a series of questions over the three hours and limiting responses to these several questions to 5-6 minutes, rotating the order of panelists for each question.  Audience participation in such a format can be built in a variety of ways.
  • A panel that begins with presentations and interchange among panelists for two hours followed by a third hour in which audience members gather in small groups, facilitated or visited by panel participants, further to discuss the topic.  (This format is particularly suitable to panels focused on particular clinical dilemmas.)

How are APsaA panel submissions different from panels at other professional conferences?

  • Unlike other conferences where the submitted proposal if accepted appears on the program in the configuration the proposer developed, the APsaA Program Committee works actively with panel organizers to shape all panels, including both format and participants.  Panels on particular topics are accepted, but this does not necessarily mean that either the proposer or the proposed participants will be on the panel.  Panel proposers are encouraged to describe a general topic of inquiry, questions, and possible participants or categories of participants.  (This means that submitting a pre-determined list of presenters, or a proposal in which titles of papers or presentations have already been determined, is much less likely to be accepted.
  • Panels are not intended as vehicles for the presentation of individual papers, which properly belong in the scientific papers section. Rather the Program Committee encourages proposals that consist of a theme or topics and suggested presenters. 
  • The Program Committee is committed to increasing and widening participation in programs.  Among suggested participants, panel proposals should always include at least one participant who has not been on a panel before or who has not been on a panel in the past five years.  On all panels, we will be trying for a mix of already-known presenters and those who are earlier in their career, less-well known, or not recently participant. Representation of the range of member institutes and of member diversity will be fostered.

What if I have questions about my panel proposal?

If you would like to consult with a member of the Program Committee about your proposal, please contact the Program Committee Chair.  She may be able to answer your question or refer you to a member of the committee who could mentor your proposal forward.

How do I contact the Chair?

Dr. Kimberlyn Leary is available via email (kimleary@hms.harvard.edu) or by phone (617.547.0449).