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2017 OPA Convention Call for Proposals

Monday, September 26, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Strength to Lead, Connect and Heal
April 26-28, 2017 | Columbus, Ohio


Proposal Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016

The Ohio Psychological Association invites program proposals for the 2017 Annual Convention. This year’s Convention theme is “The Strength to Lead, Connect and Heal.” We invite you to be a part of this annual event known for its excellent programming that addresses issues facing Ohio psychologists.


Read through these guidelines carefully to ensure that your proposal meets the criteria. Submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016 for consideration.


About the OPA Convention

The OPA Convention is an annual, three day event combining networking, continuing education, academic-related and OPA membership events. Now taking place each spring, the Convention typically attracts over 300 psychologist attendees, reputed speakers and presenters, student poster presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, award winners and guests. The 2017 Convention will be held April 26-28, 2017, at the Quest Conference Center in Columbus.


Proposal Guidelines
To participate in this conference, please submit a compelling presentation proposal that supports the field of psychology. OPA is committed to supporting the personal and professional lives of psychologists throughout their lifespan, from student status through retirement. Presentations for all experience levels are welcome. OPA is also committed to diversity and multiculturalism, and we advocate for proposals that reflect awareness of these issues. Presenters are asked to explain how their workshop addresses and/or integrates diversity issues into the topic. OPA also supports programs that allow for: interaction of participants, address cutting edge research and create opportunities for thoughtful discussion. Please review the proposed presenter standards before submitting a proposal. Proposals should be submitted using our online form.


Suggested Topics

As the result of a survey conducted by OPA’s Education Committee, the following topic areas were designated to be of high interest. Please note the following topics are suggestions, other topics related to the convention theme are welcome. Interdisciplinary themes are encouraged.

  • PTSD: evidence-based treatment protocols
  • Post-partem mood disorders
  • Child focused presentations such as integrating psychology into primary care treatment for children and/or topics of interest to school psychologists
  • Supervision: Skill development and pitfalls to avoid
  • Dementia: Treatment, diagnosis and developments in research
  • Genetic testing for selection of most effective psychoactive medications
  • Neuropsychology sequelae to concussions, closed-head injuries, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Medical marijuana: effectiveness and legal ramifications


Submissions are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Presenters will be notified no later than November 18, 2016 of their proposal acceptance. In submitting a proposal, presenters accept responsibility for the time scheduled for their presentation and agree that they will meet all set deadlines.


Contact Karen Hardin, Director of Education and Communications, or call 614-224-0034.