Proposal Submission Details

TPA is pleased to announce its 2020 Annual Convention Call for Proposals. TPA is now accepting proposals for workshops, posters, discussions (previously symposiums), and our new category: data blitz sessions. TPA President Dr. Megan Mooney and the TPA Convention Committee encourage submissions from all individuals in all settings representing psychology. We especially welcome submissions relating to this year’s convention theme: INCLUSION. The proposal submission deadline has been extended to July 31.





Workshops are programs based on teaching direct skills and practical application of theory to workshop participants. Workshops combine theoretical and experiential approaches to help participants increase their understanding and skills in a particular area of current interest in psychology. An emphasis should be placed on interactive workshops when possible rather than lecture-only. We ask that you actively engage participants in a variety of learning modes and facilitate translation of new knowledge and skills into professional practices and services. In your proposal, explain how you intend to achieve this within your proposed time (1, 2, or 3 hours). It is important that you include new skills that can be put into practice immediately whenever possible.




A discussion is a focused, thematic session in which multiple presenters provide a review of content on a particular topic. To attain cohesion, the discussion should focus on a specific theme and presenters should review the most salient points related to their portion of the discussion. The format of a discussion usually contains an introduction to the topic background and two to three viewpoints on the topic. For example, the overall theme of a discussion may be "Facilitating Posttraumatic Growth in Clinical Practice" and include individual reviews of: 1) overview of the theory of posttraumatic growth; 2) specific techniques for facilitating posttraumatic growth with trauma clients; and 3) integrating posttraumatic growth principles within evidence-based interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder.

Participants will intentionally engage the audience and solicit comments and questions. The discussion will include a minimum of two and maximum of three presenters. One of the presenters will be identified as the "chair" of the discussion to introduce the topic and presenters and facilitate discussion between the presenters and audience.



Posters are in a format that allows for extended discussion of the presentation with the author. They use illustrative materials placed on a poster (maximum 4' x 4') with tables, graphs, and data. The text of the summary submitted should include the background, methods, results, and conclusions. While TPA will supply poster board to which you can tack your materials, authors must provide their own illustrative materials not to exceed 4’x4’. NO exceptions will be made. Given that most colleges and universities closed their doors in mid-March, scientific experiments may have been interrupted. Theoretical papers and literature reviews will also be accepted.

Accepted posters will be judged by the Texas Psychological Foundation Board Members. Cash awards will be given to first, second, and third place winners.



Data Blitz Sessions

New this year, we invite ten-minute talks covering a small piece of psychology research. These sessions are aimed at offering a fast-paced overview of existing research conducted by psychologists. Data blitz sessions will not necessarily be organized by topic. In each session, five presenters will each have a maximum of ten minutes to present.  At the end of the session, the five presenters will have approximately ten minutes of questions from the audience.