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Psychological Association of the Philippines

54th Annual Convention
September 20-22, 2017 (Wednesday to Friday)

SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City

Theme: “Philippine Psychology in Challenging Times”

This year’s PAP convention aims to build on the collaboration that transpired in last year’s conference, wherein psychology professionals shared research, best practices, and learning experiences. The theme of this year’s convention is “Philippine Psychology in Challenging Times,” which signifies the psychology community’s continued dedication and commitment in fostering psychological knowledge that may contribute to the betterment of our nation.

In one of her speeches, PAP Outstanding Psychologist Dr. Maria Caridad H. Tarroja mentioned that these may be trying yet opportune times for the psychology profession.  Our nation needs mental health professionals to help address current societal concerns such as responding to disasters, and in assisting in the recovery and reformation of substance users. Likewise, we are continuously challenged to keep promoting mental health, and to push for the continued professionalization of psychology in the Philippines.  This year’s convention aims to further equip psychologists, psychometricians, counselors, and other mental health professionals with the knowledge and skills to respond to these challenges.

This is the official CALL FOR PAPERS. You may start submitting your abstracts from March 1 to April 15, 2017.  Kindly refer to this site for further announcements.

Organized Symposium. A symposium refers to a set of three to four different presentations (no more than 15 minutes per presentation) plus a summary discussion that cluster around a common topic, issue, or subject matter with the aim of providing complementary or divergent views and perspectives. To foster inter-institutional collaboration, presenters in the symposium are encouraged to come from at least two different institutions. Organizers shall have the prerogative to select and to re-organize papers submitted as a symposium should the need arise.

Paper Presentation. This refers to oral presentations of individual papers on a research study or documentation of psychological practice. These presentations will be clustered into a maximum of four papers per session (no more than 15 minutes per presentation) based on a common theme. To facilitate the grouping into clusters, please take care in providing relevant key words in your abstract submission. For presentations with multiple authors, kindly designate a main or primary presenter.

Poster Presentation. Posters involve the use of a visual aid to illustrate a study. Presenters are expected to interact with viewers of their respective posters about their research during their assigned schedule. Guidelines for the poster size and content will be provided to those whose papers are accepted.

Learning Session. Learning sessions aim to teach participants specific knowledge or skills pertaining to current trends, teaching, practice and/or research and publication in Psychology. Sessions are typically an hour and a half (90 minutes) long and should be able to accommodate as many as 100 participants. Submitted Learning Session abstracts should include specific learning objectives and a summary of the content of the session.

Titles should not be more than 12 words. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words

To encourage a broader participation in the convention, only one submission will be allowed as a primary presenter.  In the event that an individual has more than one submission as primary presenter, only the earlier submission will be prioritized for screening. 

As all submissions and subsequent communications will be done online, you will be required to provide an active Email address that you check at least once a week.  The confirmation of this working Email address is the first step to making a submission.  This may be done below.  

After successfully submitting your abstract, it shall be evaluated and screened by the Scientific Program Committee.  Accepted papers shall be notified through the verified Email address by Thursday, June 15, 2017.  This acceptance letter from the Scientific Program Committee will also serve as the official letter of invitation.

The submission of an abstract implies that the presenting author commits to be available and to present on any of the convention dates (September 20-22, 2017).  Thus, presenters will be required to pre-register by Friday, June 30, 2017. 

Ron R. Resurreccion
2017 PAP Convention Chair

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