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XXXII Interamerican Congress of Psychology Guatemala:June 28 – July 2, 2009--Psychology: A Road Toward Peace and Democracy

The Congress will provide an opportunity to develop meaningful strategies for fostering interventions and developing preventive efforts and education that can enhance well being, mental health, social responsibility and equity in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.

Dear Colleagues:

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the upcoming XXXII Interamerican Congress of Psychology (www.sip2009.org) of the Interamerican Society of Psychology (www.sipsych.org) known by its acronym in Spanish, SIP (for Sociedad Interamericana de Psicología). SIP, a nonprofit, scientific, academic, and professional organization with members throughout North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean has chosen Guatemala to be the host country for this event that will take place in Guatemala City from June 28 to July 2, 2009.  

We are confident that with your contribution, the Congress will be an excellent opportunity to strengthen academic and professional international collaborations, to enhance professional networking and to meet colleagues from the Americas and around the world. Learning from each other, we will disseminate and exchange scientific knowledge.  The Congress will provide an opportunity to develop meaningful strategies for fostering interventions and developing preventive efforts and education that can enhance well being, mental health, social responsibility and equity in a respectful and culturally sensitive manner.

The Congress theme, PSYCHOLOGY: A ROAD TOWARD PEACE AND DEMOCRACY, will guide us in our academic, social, and cultural programming. 
Guatemala, located in Central America, and bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize and the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, and Honduras and El Salvador to the southeast, will be waiting for you. Approximately 14 million people with diverse historical, cultural, linguistic and ethnic heritage, live in an area of 42,042 square miles.  Guatemala´s natural beauty, includes tropical rainforest, mountains, valleys, more than 30 volcanoes, lowland forest and beaches.  Its ethnic diversity is represented by 22 Mayan groups, Ladinos and Garifunas. The official language is Spanish with 23 other languages being used, i.e., 21 Mayan, the Garifuna and the Xinca. Its population is about 46% urban and 54% rural. 44% of this population is indigenous (primarily Mayan) and 56% ladino/mestizo.

The scientific committee welcomes your proposals and calls special attention to the Congress thematic axes:  Health and quality of life, Social violence and human rights, Gender, Political-legal constructions, Effects and consequences of poverty, Impact of natural disasters, Education, training and assessment, and Organizational and labor challenges. You can present in any of the following modalities: Symposia, Paper presentations, Interactive posters, Round tables, Workshops, Book presentations, Interdisciplinary discussion forums, and Conversation hours.  The official languages for the congress are Spanish, English and Portuguese, with some presentations in French.

More detailed information about the Congress can be found in the following links: Generalities:
http://www.sip2009.org,
http://www.sip2009.org/en_sobrecongreso.html;
registration procedures: http://www.sip2009.org/en_registro.html
instructions to submit proposals: http://www.sip2009.org/en_cientifico.html;
tourism information: http://www.sip2009.org/en_turista.html,
lodging information: http://www.sip2009.org/en_turista.html,
as well as the Congress venue: http://www.sip2009.org/en_sede.html.

Should you be interested in knowing more about Guatemala, the following sites might be useful:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guatemala 
http://www.who.int/countries/gtm/en/
http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/guatemala.htm;
http://hdrstats.undp.org/countries/country_fact_sheets/cty_fs_GTM.html; http://hdr.undp.org/xmlsearch/reportSearch?y=*&c=n%3AGuatemala&t=*&k=&orderby=year;
http://www.visitguatemala.com;
http://www.iadb.org/countries/home.cfm?id_country=GU&Language=English.

Should you have any further questions please let us know since we will be more than glad to assist you.  The organizing committee can be reached at e-mail and the advisory committee at e-mail.

Let us join together and make plans to attend. See you in Guatemala! Ψ