Call for Submissions

The theme for the 45th Annual International SPR meeting in Copenhagen is "Facilitating Change: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future ." The Program Committee encourages proposals that explore how change is facilitated in psychotherapy from multiple perspectives including clients, therapists, and researchers. We hope that participants will draw on the rich history of research and scholarship in psychotherapy process and outcome, build on the lessons learned to inform current theoretical issues and problems facing the field, and point to future directions for research and practice. The intent is to stimulate discussion among our colleagues from around the world as well as across the generations of psychotherapy researchers. We would like to encourage presentations, panels, discussions, and posters from a broad spectrum of psychotherapy researchers and clinicians drawn from diverse theoretical orientations, modalities, methodologies, and cultures.

In addition to the specific conference theme, the program committee invites submissions on all areas of psychotherapy research, practice, and training. We welcome the full range of contributions to the field of psychotherapy, including reports of innovative research methods and empirical studies of varied treatment modalities (individual, couple, family, group, and milieu therapies), diverse patient populations (children, adolescents, adults, and seniors), a wide range of diagnostic and problem categories (e.g., various psychological/psychosomatic disorders as well as the effects of cultural, political or economic oppression and migration), and a broad spectrum of theoretical approaches (e.g., CBT, behavioral, existential- humanistic, interpersonal, psychodynamic, systemic, etc.). As in all previous calls for submissions to SPR conferences, we invite qualitative as well as quantita- tive studies, single case research, process and outcome studies, meta-analyses, methodological contributions, research on psychotherapy measures, literature reviews and so forth.

Submission Policies and Guidelines

The official conference language will be English; all submissions should be made in English. First authorship by an individual is limited to one presentation on a Panel or Brief Paper session and two presentations in the Poster format. However, please note that one person can be listed as a co-author on multiple presentations as long as different people present them. There is no limitation on Chairing panels. In order to ensure a broad range of participation on panels and in discussion sessions, each attendee may serve as a discussant on a maximum of two panels and/ or participate in a maximum of two open discussions. Program submissions will be accepted via the submission portal (online), beginning November 1, 2013. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be emailed mid-February 2014.

To submit go to the submission portal for Copenhagen 2014:

Please retain your submission ID. Please read these instructions carefully before submitting your work!

Although preference in general will be given to presen- tation of completed studies, we also aim to foster discussion of research projects at various stages of development (especially in Structured Discussion Groups, Posters, and Brief Paper sessions). In selecting Panels, preference will be given to those that include: (a) presentations on a topic common to different treatment approaches or research methods, (b) representatives from different research teams, (c) members from different countries, and/or (d) presenters at different career stages.

All abstracts are limited to 250 words. For Panels, Structured Discussions, and Pre-Conference Workshops, the moderator/organizer should provide an overview of the session as a whole. Brief Papers, Papers in a Panel, and Posters should be structured using the following headings: Aim, Methods, Results, Discussion.

Click the word example to see a sample of a Panel submission. The Book of Abstracts will be available for download on the SPR 2014 Copenhagen website and hardcopies will be available for purchase at the time of registration and at the conference.

A central purpose of SPR is to foster discussion between members and it is therefore essential that presenters leave ample time for discussion of their work. A minimum of 15 minutes in each 90-minute panel session should be reserved for open discussion with members of the audience. We encourage the inclusion of panel discussants that can provide a distinctive research and/or clinical perspective on the panel presentations. We strongly recommend submission of coherently organized Panels, as standalone presentations will be designated Brief Papers and limited to 8-10 minutes. Depending on the number of submissions and possible time constraints, it may be necessary for the Program Committee to request changing the type of presentation (e.g., oral presenta- tion to poster).

Finally, if you have an idea for a panel or other collaboration, to find colleagues with similar interests please consider using the SPR mailing list, or ResearchGate Psychotherapy_Research/

Please note that well-integrated panels with authors from different research groups often have the largest attendance.

If you have any questions, requests, ideas or suggestions for the conference and its scientific program, please send an email to Jeanne Watson:

Dates to Remember

  • Online submissions will be open from November 1 to December 1, 2013.
  • Notifications of acceptance will be emailed mid-February 2014.
  • Online revision period: Presenters will be able to modify their abstracts between March 1 and April 1, 2014.

We look forward to receiving your program proposals and seeing you in Copenhagen, Denmark, June 25-28, 2014!