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Update January 2018:
We received a great number of abstracts with proposals for symposia, panels and workshops and we thank the authors for their submissions! The selection procedure will start soon. But there are also some time slots left for presentations. That is why the deadline is extended until February 10th 2018.

Dear colleagues,

The International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP) has invited the Dutch Psychotherapy Association (NVP) to organize the 22nd International Congress on Psychotherapy in 2018, June 7-9 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We would like to invite you to submit an abstract for presentations at this conference.


The theme

In a rather divided psychotherapy world - reflected in competing theoretical perspectives - we would like to stress the power of collaboration to optimize a patient centered approach in clinical practice from a diverse perspective. Therefore we have chosen as theme 'Psychotherapy; stronger through diversity'.

We especially welcome abstracts that reflect either diverse theoretical or clinical views, or presentations with an over-arching approach. What do we know about what actually works in psychotherapy? What are the mechanisms of change? Which neurobiological processes are relevant for mental improvement? How do recently developed methods for analysis of clinical and research data become helpful in selecting the best treatment for an individual patient? How will psychotherapy remain economically sustainable?

In addition, clinical practice is challenged to create new and feasible interventions for online applications. Which interventions are fit to be transformed into an overarching format?

According to its mission statement, the aim of the IFP is to promote, endorse and maintain high professional and ethical standards of psychotherapy in practice, research, and training. The IFP fosters a worldwide intercultural, interdisciplinary dialogue and mutual learning among psychotherapists, psychotherapy researchers, psychotherapeutic orientations, traditions, and related sciences. The IFP provides a platform for the development of theories, methods and treatment approaches, and promotes the integration of psychotherapeutic thinking in clinical and non-clinical fields.


Abstracts are invited based on the wide range of topics relevant to the development of psychotherapy in its broad sense and in its diverse application. These can be clinical in nature, presentations of research findings, or theoretical perspectives. Possible topics might be:

  • Child & adolescent
  • Elderly
  • Adults
  • Attachment
  • Novel (therapeutic) approaches
  • Assessment, differential diagnosis & comorbidity
  • Neuroscience
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Experts-by-experience perspectives
  • Trauma
  • Therapeutic relationship
  • Art & expressive therapies
  • Political, social & cultural perspectives
  • Infant Mental Health
  • Personality disorders
  • Group and inpatient psychotherapy


Conference presentation formats will include symposia, panels, papers, mini-workshops (i.e., 90 minutes) and posters. Information on each of these formats is below.

  • A symposium is organized around a central theme or question that is illustrated from different view points or elaborated from different angles by different presenters.
  • A panel involves a discussion on a central theme, such as 'symptom focused or personality focused interventions in complex traumatized population?'
  • Single papers could also be proposed and will eventually, when accepted, be presented together with other papers on similar topics.
  • A mini-workshop is a short, well prepared educational meeting on a certain theme.

Submissions should be original and of interest to the scientific, clinical, administrative, policy, or theoretical work.

Proposals will be rated on their strengths and limitations using multi-dimensional criteria. Proposals must be in English, and should be well-written, with as few spelling or grammatical errors as possible. They should be coherent, with sentences having a logical and progressive flow.

Please read the below guidelines before submitting your abstract.
All abstracts must be submitted electronically by using
online submission form. All submissions will be acknowledged on receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Information About Submissions

  • The deadline for submissions is February 10th 2018
  • Abstracts are limited to 200 words, with the exception of symposium summary abstracts, which have a 50-word maximum.
  • All presenters must submit proposals online.
  • All presenters must register for and attend the conference.
  • Each individual is limited to no more than two (2) submissions (We strongly suggest that you prepare a word processing file that contains all of your submission information in advance. This will save time online and ensure that you have a backup copy.
  • For those submitting symposia consisting of 3 or more presentations, we suggest that one person gather all the required information from co-presenters ahead of time and be responsible for coordinating the submission. The symposium title and summary abstract must be submitted separately from each symposium paper (i.e., 4 submissions per symposium). When the symposia paper abstracts are submitted, the title of the symposium should then be placed in the appropriate box.
  • Research presentations should be original contributions (i.e., have not been published prior to the date that you submitted the abstract).
  • Abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings Book. Any case material, including any biographical material, must be disguised to avoid revealing the identity of the patient/client. For videos of clients, you must fill out a special release form that should then be sent to the conference organizer.
  • Presenters will be notified by e-mail about the submission’s acceptance, rejection or modification (such as offer for a poster instead of a paper) approximately four to six weeks after the close of the call for proposals.

Skill Level

Presentations must designate the knowledge/skill level required of the participant (i.e., Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced).

  • Introductory: Suitable for all professional participants (including students). Such presentations include basic knowledge, techniques, or skills.
  • Intermediate: Requires participants to have at least some work experience in order to gain maximum benefit from the presentation.
  • Advanced: Participants require a high level of training and substantial experience in the topic. Such presentations are geared to specialists and to those in advanced stages of their career.


Abstracts of research presentations should include the purpose, methods, findings, and conclusions. Submission of findings is strongly encouraged. Other types of abstracts should include purpose, population, main points to be covered, and conclusions. Research submissions should include three published references.

Presentation types



Abstract Length

Number of



Single Paper or Case Study

Paper Sessions are 90 minutes in length and contain 3 25-minute papers (to leave time for discussion)

Research, theoretical, clinical, or case study.

200 words

1 or more



Session Length: 90 minutes

Several presentations on a specific theme, issue, or question.

Overview: 50 words

Each presenter’s abstract: 200 words

3 (or 4, if there is a discussant)


Panel Discussion

Session Length: 90 Minutes

Expert panelists conduct an organized discussion of a specific theme, issue, or question. Audience interaction involves panelists responding to audience questions.

Overview: 200 words 




90 Minutes

Workshops help participants to increase their understanding and skill in a particular area of interest, or use case material to illustrate clinical, theoretical, or policy issues. Workshops should include both didactic and practical or experiential components.

200 words 

1 or more



Paper presentation in poster form.

200 words 




In case of any problems with the online submission form or any post submission changes of an abstract please forward an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.