Whether you're a first-time or a seasoned presenter, we have compiled some information and tips on what you will need, and what you need to know, when getting ready to present at the CPA National Convention.

Types of Presentations

CPA offers various types of presentation formats:

  • Pre-Convention Professional Development (PD) Workshops,
  • Symposia
  • PD Workshops
  • Posters (Traditional and Digital)
  • GIMME-5s
  • Round-Table Conversation Sessions
  • and Theory reviews.

 

Description of Presentation Types:

    Pre-Convention PD Workshops:

    ** This type of presentation is not for presenting new empirical research. The presenter is normally a senior expert in the area; submissions by a novice just entering the area will not be accepted**

    The Pre-Convention PD Workshops will take place on Wednesday June 7, 2017, the day prior to the start of the CPA National Convention. PD Workshops are presented by an individual or a group and are intended to have a clearly defined practical, experiential, or demonstration component. Led by presenter(s) with widely acknowledged expertise and experience in the content area, these sessions should focus on specific learning outcomes (i.e., must provide participants with tangible new skills, tools and/or techniques). Pre-Convention PD Workshop spaces are available in three session times: ½-Day AM, ½-Day PM, or Full-Day. They are intended to be participatory sessions where delegates will engage and interact with each other. Good PD Workshops are innovative, interactive, inclusive, integrative, developmental, provocative, logistically sound, and address the specific needs in the education of adults. The PD Workshops must provide both new and experienced psychologists with an opportunity to continue their professional development (growth). For more information please contact convention@cpa.ca or 1-888-472-0657 ext 338.

    Poster Sessions:

    Posters are the most appropriate and efficient method for presenting empirical research. Posters will be arranged by topic and scheduled for a 1-hour 30 minutes session.

      Traditional Posters:
      Traditional Posters will be grouped by topic, numbered, and listed in the official Convention Programme. The number assigned to your presentation in the convention programme corresponds to the poster board which you must use. Poster sessions will be scheduled on Thursday, June 8th and Friday, June 9th. They will be scheduled for a 1-hour 30 minutes (90 minutes) session. Because of schedule constraints, FIFTEEN MINUTES will be allowed during your scheduled presentation time for setup and dismantle: 10 minutes to mount your posters and 5 minutes to remove them.

      ** PLEASE BE AT YOUR ASSIGNED SPACE ON THE DAY AND TIME SPECIFIED IN YOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTER TO PRESENT YOUR POSTER. YOUR POSTER WILL BE ONLY DISPLAYED FOR THE TIME SPECIFIED IN YOUR ACCEPTANCE LETTER.

      You have a space of approximately 4' high by 8' wide for your poster. The poster board surface will be Velcro (soft side). If you do not bring your own Velcro, it will be available for sale at the Registration Desk. Prepare a label for the top of your poster space, indicating title and author(s). A copy of your abstract (preferably in English and French), in large typescript, should be posted in the upper left-hand corner of the poster board. Heavy board may be difficult to keep in position on the poster board. Do not write on or mark the poster boards.
      TIPS ON MAKING YOUR POSTERS

      1. All lettering should be legible from a distance.
      2. Charts, drawings, and illustrations should be kept as simple as possible; coloring can be useful to add emphasis and clarity. Captions should be brief and labels few but clear.
      3. It helps the viewer if you can indicate a preferred sequence to follow in studying your material.
      4. Ideally, your poster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to supplement and discuss particular points.

       

      Digital Posters:
      There is a limited opportunity available to present posters on a flat screen monitor. This digital medium allows you to display 'a poster' as a series of images, with either a scheduled time programmed for slides or manual (via remote control) advancing from image to image. Digital Poster presenters indicate their preference to present in a digital format when they submit their poster presentation for review.

      If you wish to present in a digital format there is a cost of $100.00 that will be required at the time of the acceptance. You will need to prepare your poster either as one image or as a series of images, each measuring 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels (an aspect ratio of 16 x 9), save it either as a .jpg or .jpeg file, with files named to ensure their proper display order (e.g., CPA2017-Name-A.jepg, CPA2017-Name-B.jpeg, etc…). Save your poster on a USB drive and bring it to Toronto. We recommend that you bring your own laptop, however, If you do not have a laptop the CPA can try to provide one for you. Due to limited space we are limiting the Digital Poster format to one per first and presenting author, selection will be done on a first come first serve basis.

    GIMME-5:

    Envisaged to be an instant cure for “death by a 1,000 PowerPoints”, the CPA’s new GIMME-5 format is an entertaining and alternative method of sharing information. Each GIMME-5 is 5 minutes long and uses a maximum of 3 slides, no exceeding - no exceptions! The 5 minute time limit requires the speaker to make his or her point clearly and rid the presentation of non-critical information, which in turn causes the audience to be more attentive to the speaker and gain a broader array of knowledge from the various presentations given within the hour. We anticipate that GIMME-5s will be popular and fun to attend. The recipe is quite simple, successful talks delivered in this format are insightful, inspiring, thought-provoking, useful, humorous, controversial, or enlightening… and they are almost always fun for both the speaker and the audience. At many conferences, similar formatted talks have become the second most popular presentation type after the plenary keynote presentations. Timing of the presentations is strictly enforced, so be prepared to keep up and have fun!

    Round-Table Conversation Sessions:

    Conversation sessions (55 minutes maximum) are relatively informal round-table events intended to stimulate discussion on a specific topic. They may involve several presenters with different points of view, may be supplemented with handouts (no power-points), and a moderator with an established reputation in the area. The moderator is responsible for directing the conversation and for keeping the session on schedule.

    Professional Development (PD) Workshops:

    PD Workshops are presented by an individual or a group and are intended to have a clearly defined practical, experiential, or demonstration component. Led by presenter(s) with widely acknowledged expertise and experience in the content area, these sessions should focus on specific learning outcomes (i.e., must provide participants with tangible new skills, tools and/or techniques). PD Workshop sessions are allotted in two session times as assigned by the Section Chair: 1 Hour (50 min + 10 min for set-up and tear-down), and 2 Hours (1:50 + 10 min for set-up and tear-down). They are intended to be participatory sessions where delegates will engage and interact with each other. Good PD Workshops are innovative, interactive, inclusive, integrative, developmental, provocative, logistically sound, and address the specific needs in the education of adults. The PD Workshops must provide both new and experienced psychologists with an opportunity to continue their professional development (growth).

    Theory Review:

    **This type of presentation is not for presenting new empirical research. The presenter is normally a senior expert in the area; submissions by a novice just entering the area will not be accepted**

    This type of submission is intended for the review of one or more theoretical perspective(s) or for the synthesis of different theoretical perspectives. This type of submission is not for presenting new empirical research. The presenter is normally a senior expert in the area; submissions by a novice just entering the area will not be accepted. Each presentation is allocated 25 minutes. In the program, three presentations may be grouped together in a single session, with a moderator for keeping the session on schedule.

    Symposium:

    A symposium is a submission that usually consists of a moderator, plus 3 or 4 spoken presentations on the same topic. A symposium may or may not include a discussant. Each symposium consisting of 4 papers is scheduled for 1 hr 25 minutes and those consisting of 3 papers are of 55 minutes depending on space availability, and the moderator is responsible for keeping participants on schedule.

GENERAL

  • Most meeting rooms are supplied with a laptop, screen and LCD projector.
  • Please respect the time allotted for your session so as not to infringe on the time of subsequent presenters. Allow 5 minutes to move-in and 5 minutes to move-out, and DO NOT exceed the hour (or two) that you were allotted.