Developing Nations World Conference Scholars

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ACBS is an international society but in many corners of the world it is difficult for professionals to attend ACBS conferences and trainings due simply to cost. The Developing Nations Fund helps disseminate CBS in the developing world and provides scholarships for attendees and presenters from developing nations to attend the world conference. We know that our members from diverse backgrounds contribute depth and richness to the organization and this program will lead to a better ACBS for all of us.

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To be eligible for these Developing Nations Conference Scholarships, applicants must complete the following application detailing their motivations to attend the conference, as well as a plan to share the knowledge and skills acquired with their home community. Applicants must also currently be residing in one of the nations classified as "developing" by the International Monetary Fund (April, 2018).

Priority will be given to applicants who demonstrate a clear need for training, limited access to training and development resources in their current contexts, and a strong commitment to foster the dissemination and implementation of CBS in their communities.

Scholarship recipients will be required to present a brief description of their current work at this year’s conference poster session (if not orally during the conference) and a written report of their dissemination activity (500 words minimum) within 6 months following the conference. (Please click on an Award Recipient's name to read their activity report.)

Submission Deadline: The deadline for submissions is February 1st by 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). No submissions will be allowed after the deadline. Incomplete submissions will be disqualified. Notifications of scholarship recipients will be made via email.

Award Recipients:

2019 ACBS World Conference 17 - Dublin, Ireland

Khamisi Musanje, Uganda
Gabriel Sebastian Lizada, Philippines
Meryem Laamouri, Morocco
Dario Lipovac, Bosnia/Herzegovina

2018 ACBS World Conference 16 -  Montréal, Canada

Iqbalzada Abdul Hadi, Afghanistan - Unable to Attend
Fresia Hernandez, Mexico
Kizito Wamala, Uganda

2017 ACBS World Conference 15 - Seville, Spain

Edmond Brandon, Sierra Leone
Racheal Nuwagaba, Uganda
Fatema Ahmadi, Afghanistan - Unable to Attend

2016 ACBS World Conference 14 - Seattle, USA

Fernando Parada, Chile
Edmond Brandon, Sierra Leone - Unable to Attend
Fatema Ahmadi, Afghanistan - Unable to Attend

2015 ACBS World Conference 13 - Berlin, Germany


2014 ACBS World Conference 12 - Minneapolis, USA


2013 ACBS World Conference 11 - Sydney, Australia


2012 ACBS World Conference 10 - Washington D.C., USA


2011 ACBS World Conference 9 - Parma, Italy


2010 ACBS World Conference 8 - Reno, USA

The Developing Nations Fund began with a spontaneous effort to support two therapists from Sierra Leone, to participate in our World Conference in Reno. One was Sister Liz Onwuama, a teacher and catholic nun, who worked with traumatized refugees during the civil war and trained teachers all over the country to deal with traumatized children. The second was Bondu Manyeh, a social worker, who started the Graceland Counselling Services during the war to help especially women who were captured and abused, at times for years.
They came to the World Conference in part because of a program run by Beate Ebert, a German ACT clinician, who has been in Sierra Leone training professionals in ACT for traumatized people (for more on her program see ACT trainers JoAnne Dahl and D. J. Moran went to Sierra Leone to do trainings following the Reno World Conference (2010).