APA seeks proposals for individual presentations and sessions for the 2015 Annual Convention taking place Aug. 6-9, 2015, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


  • Film Festival: Friday, April 6, 2015.
  • Division Submissions: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, 5 p.m. ET (Submissions closed).
  • CE Workshops: Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 (Submissions closed).
  • Collaborative Programs: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 (Submissions closed).

Complete Information

The APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 105KB) provides detailed descriptions of the proposals sought, submission deadlines by category, submission procedures, rules for participation and a subject index for the convention program.

Film Festival

Friday, April 6, 2015 


The APA Ad Hoc Committee on Films and Other Media seeks to broaden the APA Film Festival’s base by attracting filmmakers outside of the traditional psychological community who are creating media that artistically comment on psychological and social issues of the day. Awards for excellence will be given for films in three categories: 

  • feature length
  • shorts
  • avant-garde
Who May Submit

APA members and commercial and educational film producers and distributors.

Format for Presentations


Application Instructions

Contact the APA Convention Office by email or call 202-336-6020 to obtain full instructions and requirements for submitting a film or other media program proposal for consideration.

Division Proposals (closed)

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, 5 p.m. ET (Submissions closed).

Types of Submissions
  • Symposia: Focused sessions in which multiple participants present their views about a common theme, issue or question.
  • Skill-Building Sessions: Programs based on teaching direct skills and application of theory to participants.
  • Conversation Hours: Opportunities for informal discussion and exchange of ideas between the audience and usually one or two presenters.
  • Posters: Sharing of research findings, new ideas, innovations and advances in the profession with as many individuals as possible.
  • Papers: Papers submitted to a division will be grouped together by the division program chairperson within paper sessions scheduled for either 50 minutes or 1 hour 50 minutes.
Requirements and Review Criteria

Requirements and review criteria vary by division.

Application Instructions

All proposals must be submitted online via the APA Call for Convention Proposals website.

More Information

Full details in the APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 105KB).

CE Workshops (closed)

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014  (Submissions closed.)


The APA Continuing Education Committee (CEC) is accepting workshop proposals that represent the lifelong learning needs of the APA membership. The CEC seeks proposals that:

  • are relevant to psychological practice, education, and science;
  • enable psychologists to keep pace with emerging issues and technologies;
  • and allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.
Criteria for Approval

The CEC is committed to gender and ethnic diversity representation among workshop presenters, and all proposals should address these issues in the content and format of the workshop.

The proposal process is a competitive one; we receive an average of 125 proposals each year for 70 spaces. You must demonstrate in the proposal that your workshop meets the Standards and Criteria for Approval of Sponsors of Continuing Education for Psychologists (February 2009) (PDF, 116KB). The Workshop Proposal Form provides detailed information on how to meet the standards and criteria.

Application Instructions

All proposals must be submitted through the CE Workshop Proposal online system.

More Information

Full details in the APA Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 105KB).

Collaborative Programs (closed)

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 (Submissions closed.)


This is the second year in which APA has implemented an exciting addition to the convention: cross-cutting themes and enhanced integrative collaborative programming across divisions. The overarching goal is to highlight the unique role of APA as a unifying force in psychology.

  • One- or two-hour proposals only.
  • At least two participants.
  • Innovative formats encouraged.
  • Proposals from all career stages, settings and fields encouraged.
  • Programs integrating psychological sciences and practices encouraged.
  • Identify a minimum of two or up to seven divisions relevant to the proposal content.
Review Criteria

Broad appeal, current and timely topic, originality and innovativeness, interactive/creative format, scientifically/empirically based and attention to diversity.

Application Instructions

All proposals must be submitted online via the APA Call for Convention Proposals website.

More Information

Full details in the APA  Call for Convention Proposals (PDF, 105KB).