Guidelines for Submitting Presentations

We require all presentation abstracts submitted for consideration to maintain the highest standards of excellence. Each must include appropriate acknowledgment and citation of sources, and the promotion or endorsement of commercial products is prohibited. All presentations will last 1.5 hours.

Abstracts should meet the following guidelines:

• Sent via e-mail to
• Be 300 words or less in length. Abstracts should provide a brief summary of your proposed presentation.
• Be in a text-only format such as Microsoft Word.

Include the following information with your abstract:

  • Title: Clearly note the title of your presentation.
  • Instructional Method: Note the format of your presentation, such as workshop, lecture, or panel.
  • Audience: Note the target audience of your presentation.
  • Level of Instruction: Indicate whether the presentation is introductory, intermediate, or advanced.
  • Learning Objectives: Include 4—5 learning objectives for the participants of your presentation.
  • Prerequisites: Include any prerequisites or prior knowledge needed for participants to benefit from the presentation.
  • Advanced Preparation: List any advanced readings or other preparation if necessary.
  • Contact Information: Include your name, daytime phone number, fax number, and e-mail address with the abstract. If your presentation includes more than one presenter, include the contact information for each presenter in your abstract.

Deadline for All Submissions

We must receive all submissions (including those mailed on CD and those sent via e-mail) no later than 5:00 p.m. (CST) on November 30, 2009. Abstract revisions are not permitted.

Abstract Withdrawal

If you wish to withdraw your abstract after submission, a written notification via e-mail, fax, or letter is required. Notification should include the abstract title and name, phone number, and e-mail address of author(s) and should be received by December 31, 2009, to guarantee withdrawal.

Statement of Liability

Authors are responsible for obtaining all necessary permission and clearance for all research prior to submission. The Association assumes no liability or responsibility for any material that is submitted.


All contributors will receive a confirmation of acceptance or non-acceptance 4—6 weeks after the abstract submission deadline. A committee made up of APA Board Members from within the appropriate specialty will use universal review criteria to evaluate abstract submissions. Notifications will be sent to the contact author only through mail, email, or fax. If an abstract is accepted, presenters will be sent a packet, and will be asked to provide a current resume, affiliations, disclosure, handouts, and audio-visual equipment requirements for the chosen presentation format.

Additional Information

Presenters are responsible for providing their own hotel and travel accommodations for the conference. Presenters are required to register for the conference. A discounted registration rate will be offered to all presenters.


If you have questions regarding the submission of conference presentation abstracts, please contact APA's Conference Department via e-mail ( or toll free at (800) 205-9165 ext 168.