for Presentations


Pre/Post Conference Workshops DUE JUNE 1, 2020

All General Program Submissions DUE SEP 30, 2020

Student Paper Competition DUE OCT 31, 2020

Submit a Proposal to Present

You are invited to submit a PROPOSAL FOR A PRESENTATION at the CAPS 2021 International Conference

Our purpose is to bring students, professors, clinicians, researchers and pastors together in order to promote the relationships amongst the behavioral sciences, counseling practices and Christian faith. Preference is given to proposals submitted by CAPS members.


CONSIDER the presentation format you wish to propose using the options listed below.

ENLIST colleagues to present with you if the format requires more than one presenter.

SUBMIT your proposal online, here

Read and follow the online CE tutorial carefully.

At the end of the on-line submission document is a “Participation Agreement” (see last page of this Call for Presentations for hard copy). Be sure the primary presenter reads and discusses the terms of the “Participation Agreement” with all co-presenters; the primary presenter must check a box indicating ALL co-presenters agree to these terms.

Make a copy of the proposal for your own records.

**Incomplete proposals will not be considered for the program until ALL requested information is submitted.

Your proposal will be acknowledged within one week after receipt. Proposal acceptance/rejection status will be noted on the website; this information will be posted by December 15, 2020. Submitters will also receive email confirmation of the acceptance or rejection decisions of all submissions. Please be aware not all proposals are accepted.


Seminar: Thorough discussion of a topic by an individual or group of up to four persons having essentially the same perspective. Proposals must clearly define the subject to be discussed. Length of time is one or two hours. NOTE: There are very few 2-hour slots on the program.

Clinical Demonstration: Demonstration of a particular therapeutic style or technique providing an opportunity to observe its application through direct observation. Length of time is one to two hours. NOTE: There are very few 2-hour slots on the program.

Symposium:  Thorough discussion or multiple short papers of a topic by a panel of two to four persons having different viewpoints, or representing different approaches to a common topic, plus a neutral moderator. Proposals must clearly define the subject to be discussed, and list the titles/ authors of each paper, as well as the overarching theme of the symposium. Length of time is one to two hours. NOTE: There are very few 2-hour slots on the program.

Paper: Papers may be 30 minutes or 1-hour in length.  If you prefer a 30 minute slot, you will share the hour with another presenter whose paper topic is similar to your own. Student papers will be considered; they must present with their mentoring professors.

Poster Session: Walk-by display of a paper or research, showcased in a way that encourages interchange between authors and attendees. Summary copies or entire work should be available for distribution. Students may submit presentations in this format with or without faculty co-authors.


A limited number of Thursday morning pre-conference and Saturday afternoon post-conference workshops are being solicited through this Call for Presentations. Most workshops will be 3-hours long; although consideration will be given to 5-hour workshops. A workshop can be done by one or multiple presenters. Presenters must agree to these terms:

  1. Submissions must be received electronically here by June 1, 2020, in order to be considered.
  2. Notification of acceptance (or rejection) will be done by August 1, 2020.
  3. If accepted, presenter will receive a formal “letter of agreement” outlining terms of the workshop; CAPS will keep 50% of the registration fee for each pre/post conference workshop, the remaining 50% to go to the presenters.


The annual CAPS Student Paper Competition recognizes graduate and undergraduate students for excellence in Christian psychological research and scholarship. Three prizes for student papers are presented at the annual conference. The prizes consist of: graduated cash awards for 1st ($250), 2nd ($150), and 3rd ($100) places. All three winners shall receive complimentary one-year student memberships to CAPS, a certificate suitable for framing, and complimentary registration to the conference. Winners will display their papers as posters on Friday at the conference.

Please note the following guidelines: Submitters shall be matriculated full-time students in either undergraduate or graduate programs at the time of writing the paper. Only one paper per student may be submitted to a competition.

  1. The typical submission can be theoretical or empirical, and should be conceived and written by one student, or possibly with just one additional student co-author.
  2. Faculty mentors or sponsors may provide guidance and editing input, but guidance should fall short of the threshold of being a co-author.
  3. The full paper should be emailed as an attachment, received by midnight of the published deadline, and be in Microsoft Word format to assist with blind review by a panel of judges.
  4. In cases where co-authors win a prize, the cash prize winnings shall be divided, presumably, between the authors, and, if applicable, non-cash prizes will be awarded to the first author. Certificates, however, are provided to all authors.

Completed papers should be emailed to Dr. Joshua Hook at Deadline is October 31, 2020. You may request a copy of the assessment rubric from Dr. Hook.

We acknowledge that faculty mentors often assist their students with papers. This is acceptable, however, to be eligible for the student paper competition, the student must be primarily responsible for the theory, data analysis, and writing of the paper.