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Call for Abstracts 

You are invited to submit a proposal for a Paper Session, Poster Session, Workshop, or Conversation Session for the Fifth International Conference on Counselling, Psychotherapy and Wellness

Conference Themes

Trauma informed care
Lessons, narratives and research from the COVID 19 pandemic
The future of Counselling and Psychotherapy 
Culture, ethnicity and practice
Diversity issues (gender, religion, class, caste, sexual orientation, special groups)
Religion, spirituality, and transpersonal approaches
Theories and techniques in counselling and psychotherapy
Integrative and eclectic practice in counselling and psychotherapy
Training and Supervision in counselling and psychotherapy
Integrating traditional and indigenous healing practices into counselling and psychotherapy
Recent advances in counselling and psychotherapy
School/University-based counselling policy, research and intervention
Health, Wellbeing and Psychotherapy
Applications from neuroscience in health promotion and intervention
Policy, Evaluation, Advocacy and Counsellor Education

Psycho-oncology research and practice


Descriptions of Presentations:
Paper Session – a 15 or 20 minute paper presentation followed by a facilitated conversation among the presenters and the audience.


Poster Session – a poster display with the opportunity for informal discussions among presenters and participants. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference. 

Workshop – a 90 minute experiential workshop of a healing modality or counselling technique.

Conversation Session – a facilitated discussion for 1 hour on a topic related to one of the conference themes.


Symposium - a presentation by 3/4 participants around one of the themes 

Submission Procedures
Please submit a proposal with your name, affiliation, email address, abstract (150 - 250 words describing your presentation), which type of session you are proposing – paper, poster, workshop, or conversation session, and which theme(s) your abstract relate to, You can submit your proposal using the submit button below or by scanning the QR Code.

Last date for submission of abstracts

December 10, 2022

Submit Proposal

Policies and Guidelines for Poster Presentations

Kindly mount your poster on your assigned board, which will be available on the morning of your assigned session. Kindly remove your posters within 60 minutes of the end of your presentation session.


Poster Dimensions and Material

 48” x 36” (portrait orientation) is the recommended poster size on flex material.


Poster Layout


The poster should contain the following sections

  • Title

  • Abstract and Keywords

  • Introduction

  • Method

  • Results (including Figures and Graphs)

  • Discussion

  • Conclusion

  • References

  • Acknowledgments, Funding and Conflicts of interest can be listed as applicable


Font Sizes

Titles and headings should appear larger than other text, but not too large.

Recommended font sizes for major sections of the poster:

Title: 85pt

Authors: 56pt

Sub-headings: 36pt

Body text: 24pt

As for legibility, the following sizes are a good starting point:

To be legible 6 feet use 30 pt.

To be legible 10 feet use 48 pt.


Font Combinations

Too many fonts distract the viewer and make it undesirable to look at, let alone read. Keep the fonts simple and limit them to no more than two font types. Times New Roman, Arial, and Verdana are considered compatible with poster viewing. Drop shadow font is not recommended.


Color/Contrast and Print

When choosing colors for your poster, using 2-3 colors will give the best look. Too many colors make it look chaotic and unprofessional, but having no color makes it dull and plain.

If you are creating images on the computer, note that colors may appear differently on your screen. A light color for the background with dark-colored text or a darker background with light text is often a good choice. The greater the contrast between the font color and the background color, the easier it will be to see and read.


Tips on Preparing Posters

Ideally, your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to supplement and discuss particular points when asked. The poster session provides an opportunity for informal discussion, but this becomes more difficult if you are obliged to explain the basics of your poster to each viewer.

  • Bear in mind that your illustrations will be viewed from distances of 3 feet or more. All lettering should be at least 3/8” high, preferably in bold type.

  • It helps the viewer if you can indicate (by numbers, letters, or arrows) a preferred sequence that might be followed in studying your material.

  • Try to keep everything simple. Avoid “artsy” or overly ornate presentations. Block light coloring can be useful here to add emphasis and clarity. Preferably, captions should be brief and labels few but clear.

  • Use a good blend of illustration and text, using tables, figures, graphs, and charts where possible, supplemented by text.


  • The poster area will not have projection equipment or electrical outlets.

  • The presenter must be an investigator in the research study and included among the authors listed on the abstract submission.

  • Handouts must be limited to a one-page photocopy of your poster.

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