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Call for Submissions for the ACBS World Conference 14

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The annual 2016 conference theme—Reach—is dedicated to sharing work that actively reaches through typical barriers to advance contextual behavioral science and practice toward our highest aspirations. We especially encourage submissions that:

make great science accessible to a broader audience. For example, reaching across sub-disciplines or specialties or multi-disciplinary perspectives on the same phenomena for a symposium that includes basic experimental work alongside research on practical applications. A workshop that shows how to integrate the best scientific evidence into practice would be very welcome. 

diversify the people sharing work (presenters and attendees) or the people whom the work serves. Present your work to an audience that you would normally not present to, or make your work more accessible to new groups.

broaden ACBS as a welcoming home for CBS practitioners and researchers beyond its historical emphasis areas. Presentations on therapies other than ACT and basic research lines other than RFT are encouraged.

concretely build skills needed to reach our highest aspirations as practitioners and scientists. Please share your knowledge to improve how we apply core CBS principles in practice or research, with diverse groups, or to disseminate our findings.

RFT Track: At this year’s conference, an RFT Track will be organized for submissions of RFT data, as well as conceptual and clinically-relevant submissions to address the needs of those interested in RFT across experience levels. 

A final request, please encourage colleagues who might be interested in ACBS to submit to our conference. There are many great professionals we can learn from and who might enjoy the work we are doing. Our hope is to broaden our REACH!

Mike Twohig (President) and Kelly Koerner (Program Chair)

Poster and Chapter/SIG meeting deadlines: March 15, 2016

(Deadline for Other Submissions was February 15, 2016)

If you have any problems submitting, please contact

Chapter/SIG/Committee Meeting 

This gives Chapters/SIGs/Committees (or forming chapters and sigs) the opportunity to reserve a space and time to get together and plan, meet, hang out, etc. This form allows you to request space before or during the conference day (early am, during the conference, during lunch, etc.) 

Plenary/ Invited Address (use only if instructed) 



The Ignite presentation is a short, structured talk in which presenters present on ideas and issues they are most passionate about using a “deck” of 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds (no exceptions). Exactly 5 minutes total. Topics may be empirical, conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological. Presentation should be well-practiced and high energy (perhaps even... fun!).
For more on Ignite presentations, see:

Panel Discussions 

Panel discussions consist of 3 to 5 speakers selected for some shared interest or expertise in an area. Panelists respond to one or more questions or issues, with time allotted for interaction among the speakers and with the audience. A panel discussion is organized by a chairperson who serves as the session’s moderator.

Symposia (chair, 3 papers and a discussant) 

Organized by a chairperson who moderates the 80–minute session, symposia are a series of three 20–minute presentations focused on either empirical research or conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. A discussant highlights and integrates the contributions of various speakers in the symposium and moderates questions from the audience. Chairpersons are encouraged to use symposia as an opportunity to integrate related work by: 1) bringing speakers of different affiliations together rather than showcasing the work of a single group and 2) incorporating different kinds of talks (e.g., historical, conceptual and research-based) on the same topic into one symposium. Papers from submissions that are not accepted may be considered for a poster session. This year, we are prioritizing submissions that are research and data driven. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research citations (data citations) with your proposal.

Paper (not part of a pre-arranged symposium) 

Paper submissions are individual, oral presentations, usually concerned with conceptual, philosophical, historical, or methodological issues. A paper submission may report empirical research if it is too complex for effective presentation in a poster (e.g., an integrated series of experiments). Otherwise, most data-based and single-study paper submissions will be accepted as poster presentations. All paper presentations will be 20 minutes long. Accepted addresses will be organized into paper sessions of 50 or 80 minutes. Submissions not accepted will be considered for a poster session. This year,we are prioritizing submissions that are research and data driven. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research citations (data citations) with your proposal.


Workshops are training sessions of 3 hours (or less) and usually focus on some combination of experiential and/or didactic exercises. Workshops should be regarded as opportunities to directly train specific skills rather than to present research findings, discuss conceptual, philosophical, or methodological issues, or share opinions. Submissions that are not clearly focused on training will be considered for other formats. In service of being more data aware, we encourage you to include research and data citations supporting your topic with your proposal, and to briefly present these (1-2 slides) during your workshop.


Posters usually report empirical research and will be organized into one or more sessions, during which attendees will be invited to review the research presented and discuss findings with poster presenters. Presenters must be at their poster during their assigned time of the poster session and may choose to provide handouts.