Understanding the Conference

Dear SPR conference presenters,

We hope you’re all well and managing the challenges of this pandemic as best you can.

As you know, we have transitioned all our in-person meetings to virtual and kept the time zones the same as the original conference. Since attendees at our conferences are from around the world, there is no perfect time for everyone; however, we opted to run the live events in a timeframe that would work for most attendees.

The conference will have two segments, one running from 8AM-2PM (live streamed or pre-recorded events), and the other segment from 2-7PM (live streamed events).

  • - Between 8AM-2PM Heidelberg time, presenters have the option to 1) present via live stream and include a live Q & A period, or 2) upload pre-recorded lectures.
  • - Between 2-7PM Heidelberg time, we expect that presentations will be live-streamed and include a live Q & A period.
  • - Additionally, chapter meetings have been conveniently scheduled to work with participants in their respective time zones.

All panels, brief paper sessions, structured discussions can be live-streamed and a portion of the presentation can include a pre-recording of a presentation if a presenter is unable to join live. All content will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing up to a year after the conference.

To support presenters in preparing for the conference, a technical guide will be posted by Monday, May 10, 2021. Technical staff will also be available during the conference to assist with all presentations.

We hope that this clarifies the structure of the conference program. The program will be posted by Monday, May 10, 2021. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the fully online conference and its scientific program, please send an email to sprconference2021@gmail.com.

We look forward to having you join us virtually in June!

Warm regards,
Dr. Shelley McMain, Chair, Program Committee

General Sessions

All general sessions are included with the registration fee. General session types include:

Brief papers are 10-15 minute presentations. The brief paper sessions will be 55 minutes and will consist of three to four short presentations, with 10 minutes for discussion at the end of the session. The Program Committee designates moderators for the Brief paper sessions from among the presenters.

Structured Discussions will provide an opportunity for group discussion among colleagues on a specific topic in psychotherapy research (e.g., specific methods, theories, new developments in research and practice, disorders, etc.). Sessions is structured by having each presenter give a brief (5 min. or less) position statement on the theme to elicit active participation and encourage discussion from audience members.

Panels will include 3-4 presentations focused on a common theme. To ensure different perspectives on a topic, panels should contain presentations from different groups. Panels will be 80 minutes with a minimum of 15 minutes for open discussion. Each panel will have a moderator (normally the organizer of the panel or another relevant person) and a discussant.

Posters are appropriate for the full range of research reports, including completed projects, single case studies, pilot studies, and work-in-progress. They provide an opportunity for detailed discussion with interested colleagues. Posters will be posted online in a virtual poster hall for attendees to engage with throughout the conference.


Targeted and Special Programming

Targeted and special programming events are also included with the registration fee. These events are designed to address a range of scientific, clinical, and professional development topics. They also provide unique opportunities for networking.

Invited Addresses/Plenaries. Speakers well-established or distinguished in their field will share their unique insights, knowledge, and contributions.

Special Meetings. Programming will include networking opportunities through Chapter Meetings, Interest Section Meetings, and a General Membership Meeting.

Online Socials. Events will be held on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings after conference sessions end.


Ticketed Events

Ticketed events offer training opportunities to enhance knowledge, skills and techniques. These sessions require an additional payment.

Pre-Conference and Conference Workshops will be held in the afternoon prior to the evening session that opens the conference (i.e., Wednesday afternoon), as well as Thursday and Saturday morning. Two types of pre-conference workshops are open for registration. The first is intended to provide training in specific areas of psychotherapy research, methods, or data analysis. The second type of workshop entails the clinical presentation of an assessment or treatment method that is followed by discussion on how best to empirically study or validate the clinical procedures described. Workshops are scheduled for three hours.

To view the conference program, please click HERE.