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Congress 2016 Announcement

Congress Theme: #PsychologysResponse/ability

Internationally, 2015 has been a year that has interrogated the role of Psychology and Psychology professionals in society. In particular, the involvement of Psychologists’ in human rights abuses provided an opportunity for many to examine Psychology’s responsibility to society. The reactions (or lack thereof) from organisations and individuals also brought the responsiveness of Psychology to the fore. In the South African context, the increase in service delivery protests, anti-corruption marches, high levels of crime, violence and trauma and the perpetuation of gross inequality also demand some responsiveness from Psychology. As a profession that focuses on individual and societal wellbeing, Psychology professionals have a responsibility to inform research, policy and practice for the betterment of all in society. This compels Psychology to engage with the transformation to a more socially relevant discipline in training and practice. In an increasingly globalised world where technology is embedded in individual behaviour, Psychology is offered a platform to transform the discipline by engaging creatively with the power offered by technological advances. Yet Psychology professionals in South Africa are challenged by issues of Scope of Practice wherein the emphasis is on differentiating the roles of professionals rather than focusing on the core responsibilities of all Psychology professionals, including ethical practice and responsiveness to societal issues. This begs the question as to what the responsibilities of the Psychology profession and professionals are and should be; whether Psychology has the ability to respond to its’ own and other issues; and how responsive Psychology has been and will be to these issues locally and internationally.

With this in mind, the 22nd Annual South African Psychology Congress, to be held in Johannesburg from the 20-23 September 2016, has as its theme #PsychologysResponse/ability.

The Congress Committee invites submissions for the 2016 Congress that contribute to the conversation on the relevance of the profession in a maturing democracy as well as in a globalised, technologised world. The Congress encourages submissions from a wide range of voices, presentations, scholarly and practice-oriented perspectives. It is hoped that the Congress will showcase a broad range of scholarly research and reviews that reflect Psychology as a science, profession and practice. Abstract submission for posters, papers, round tables or symposia will be open from the 25th of January.

Registration Information
  • Complete the on-line registration form – please select the type of member – please be sure to capture all the information correctly as all Memberships will be verified.
  • Press “continue” and verify all detail are correct – and then submit
  • Your registration will be captured directly onto the database automatically.
  • A Provisional Confirmation of Registration will be emailed directly to the email captured with a link to the PDF Invoice with the Congress bank details and payment gateway link for Credit card and EFT payments.
  • Registration is only confirmed on receipt of payment, payment can be made via EFT or credit card online
  • The data that you input will appear on your registration record on the official Congress database
  • Registration fees are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR) and are inclusive of 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) – VAT is reflected on the invoice.
  • For any Amendments or queries please contact Sue Gibson at Vibrant Media on sue@vibrantmedia.co.za or Tel: 011 880 5202

 

Registration Includes:

Standard Registration Includes:

  • Attendance of all Congress sessions
  • Tea/coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Access to the Congress exhibition
  • Delegate package

Student Registration Includes:

NB: This option is only open to bona fide FULL TIME students. A letter from your study supervisor/supervising professor, confirming your formal registration as full time student must be included with your registration (student card is not acceptable).

  • Attendance of all Congress sessions
  • Tea/coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Access to the Congress exhibition
  • Delegate package

Day Delegate Registration:

Attendance for all Congress sessions on the day selected

  • Tea / coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Access to the Congress exhibition for the day selected
  • Delegate package

 

Congress Registration Fees and Entitlements
Descriptions Pre-booking – if booked and paid by 1 March 2016 1 June Early Bird Late / On Site
PsySSA Member R3600 R4200 R4800
PsySSA Student Member * To register as a student you have to be currently registered as a full-time student of psychology at the undergraduate, Honours or Masters level R1500 R1500 R1500
PsySSA Intern Member   *Psychology Interns registered with the HPCSA (for the duration of their registered internship programme) R1800 R2000 R2200
PsySSA Member One Day Fee R1500 R2000 R2500
Non Member R6500 R7500 R8500
Non Member One Day Fee R2500 R3000 R3500

*To receive the Early Bird registration one has to be register and be paid up before the date expires

Congress Pre- Workshops
PsySSA Member R1500
PsySSA Student/Intern Member R 700
Non-Member R 2500

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Access to and attendance at the congress will only be confirmed on receipt of payment.
  2. Payment is due prior to the start of the Congress. In the event of there being limited number of delegates, preference will be given to persons who have paid their registration in full.
  3. All early bird fees must be paid on the closing date of the early bird. Failure to pay the early bird fee by such date you will be liable for the full registration fees.
  4. A Confirmation Email with the Congress bank details as well as a link to open the pdf invoice be sent to you uponsubmission of the online registration.
  5. A link to the payment gateway is provided on the PDF Invoice with option to pay by credit card or online EFT.
  6. Receipts will only be issued once proof of payment has been received, and once the payment has been cleared and identified in the Congress bank account.
  7. Proof of payment is to be emailed or faxed to Sue Gibson, at sue@vibrantmedia.co.zaor contact: Sue on +27 11 880 5202 for any invoice enquiries or adjustments to the registration.
  8. Please ensure that all payments make clear reference to the Invoice Number and Delegate Surname only. If this reference is not used, we cannot guarantee that payment will be traced and cleared.
  9. All payments must be made payable online to PsySSA.
  10. Online Registration will close on 12 September 2016.

Cancellations and Termination of Registrations

  1. On completion of this application you will be liable for the full amount of the registration fees subject to the cancellation conditions below.
  2. All cancellations must be received in writing by the Congress Secretariat Attention: Sue Gibson at sue@vibrantmedia.co.za
  3. Cancellations received before 30 April 2016 will receive a full refund, less a 10% administration fee (or the amount of the administration fees whichever is the greater amount).
  4. Cancellation received between 1 May and 30 June 2016 will receive a 50% refund. Include the admin fee
  5. No refunds will be issued for cancellation received from the 1 July 2016 onwards.
  6. All refunds due will only be issued after the Congress.
  7. Any registrations received after 30 June 2015 will not be entitled to any refund or credit, and such person will be liable for the full registration fee as per point (1) above.
  8. All cash deposits will attract a 10% administration fee.
  9. The Organising Committee reserves the right to decline a request for a refund.
  10. NOTE: Delegates who do not cancel in writing by 30 June 2016, as well as delegates who do not arrive at the Congress and who cannot provide proof of written cancellation to the Congress secretariat within the mentioned cancellation date, will be liable for the full Congress registration fee. If fees have been paid, no refund will be issued.

 

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Abstract Submission Instructions
Abstract Submission... Closes 18th of April
Guidelines For Preparation of Presentations

PsySSA Guidelines for the Preparation of Presentations

 

 

General guidelines for abstract submissions

The Scientific Committee welcomes abstracts in all fields of psychology. In addition to research-informed abstracts, and without compromising scientific rigour, the Scientific Committee welcomes submissions that have a practitioner, policy and/or applied focus. Some general guidelines relating to the formatting and content of ALL abstracts are listed below. Carefully prepared abstracts facilitate the review process and enhance the likelihood of acceptance.

  1. Abstracts must be in English. If English is not the authors’ first language, the abstract should be proofread before submission.
  2. Please follow the pre-formatted fields indicated in the forms. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words, not counting the title of the paper.
  3. The title should be brief and relevant to the contents of the abstract and paper/poster.
  4. Use Arabic numerals for all numbers except at the beginning of a sentence where they should be written out. Use standard abbreviations and symbols. Keep abbreviations to a minimum and define each one at first use. Do not include any figures or tables in abstracts, nor references, and do not submit attachments, slides, or any reference materials with the abstracts.
  5. Abstracts should adhere to UK English and the APA 6th edition style guide.
  6. Please write the abstract with a word-processing programme, check spelling and grammar, proofread carefully, copy and paste it in to the space in the submission form.
  7. Points to consider including when writing the abstract: 7.1. A statement of the purpose of the presentation (preferably in one sentence) 7.2. A brief mention of the theoretical framework, if applicable, and/or the rationale for the contribution 7.3. A summary of the results/findings obtained (if it is an empirical study), or the major points to be made 7.4. A conclusion 7.5. A brief reflection on theoretical, methodological, and ethical implications.
  8. Do not include subheadings, keywords or references within the abstract text.
  9. Only submit original work that has not been published or accepted for presentation elsewhere
  10. All abstracts will be subjected to peer-review, coordinated by the Scientific Committee. The criteria for review are:
  • Relevance for advancement of psychological knowledge and practice

  • Theoretical and/or empirical basis

  • Clarity of ideas and methods applied

  • Implications and/or knowledge contributions of the study

  1. Please note that the Scientific Committee reserves the right to change submissions for oral presentations to posters, rather than refusing abstracts, depending on the number, theme, and quality of submissions. Submitting authors grant congress organisers permission to publish their abstracts online and in electronic devices. Likewise authors grant congress organisers permission to use personal information, received and required from participants, before and after the congress, for statistical purposes, and for the dispatch of information concerning relevant future congresses. Kindly submit your abstract/s online http://psych2016.professionalhosting.co.za/PsychologyConference2016/

The acceptance of abstracts by the Scientific Committee does not imply any financial assistance or fee reduction. Presenting authors must register for the congress by 23rd May 2016 to ensure that the presentation will be included for the Congress. Presenters who are absent from their presentations without notifying the Scientific Committee in advance will be blacklisted for future Congresses.

Guidelines for the submission of Proposed Symposia

The submission of proposed Symposia is strongly encouraged, given that a Symposium is designed to be a focused session in which distinguished speakers present on a common theme, issue or question of particular relevance. It would usually consist of a chairperson briefly introducing the topic and providing an introduction to the session. This would usually be followed by at least 3 but no more than 6individual speakers and ending with concluding remarks by a discussant. Every effort should be made to ensure close interaction between the speakers and to provide new and non-overlapping presentations. There should be opportunity for the audience to ask questions to presenters and for an exchange of views. A symposium session will run for 90 – 120 minutes. All symposia submissions should include an overall abstract as well as abstracts for each presentation. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Submissions should be made via http://psyssa.professionalhosting.co.za/PsySSA2015Conference/. If accepted as a symposium presentation, authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for presentation:

  • The presentations must be in English, the official language of the PsySSA Congress.
  • The presentation submission constitutes a formal commitment by the author/s to present the corresponding presentation in the session and timeslot assigned by the Scientific Committee.
  • Changes in authorship should be communicated timeously to the Scientific Committee so that the necessary amendments can be made to the printed programme.
  • If the original presenting author is unable to present, one of the co-authors should take over this responsibility.
  • Presenters who are absent from their presentations without notifying the Scientific Committee in advance will be blacklisted for future Congresses.

Notification of acceptance of symposia by the Scientific Committee will be emailed to the individual submitting the symposium. Detailed information, guidelines, and recommendations for oral or poster presentation, as well as time allotment, date, time, and venue will be duly sent to registered presenting authors.

Guidelines for the submission of Individual Oral Presentations

Participants may choose to submit an individual oral paper presentation.  Individual presentations submitted and accepted by the Scientific Committee will be grouped by category topics into thematic sessions, in order to promote communication among the presenters and participants and to facilitate discussion. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Submissions should be made via http://psych2016.professionalhosting.co.za/PsychologyConference2016/ If accepted, authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for presentation:

  • The presentations must be in English, the official language of the PsySSA Congress.
  • The presentation submission constitutes a formal commitment by the author/s to present the corresponding presentation in the session and timeslot assigned by the Scientific Committee.
  • Changes in authorship should be communicated timeously to the Scientific Committee so that the necessary amendments can be made to the congress programme.
  • If the original presenting author is unable to present, one of the co-authors must take over this responsibility.
  • Presenters who are absent from their presentations without notifying the Scientific Committee in advance will be blacklisted for future Congresses.

Notification of acceptance by the Scientific Committee will be emailed to the individual submitting the abstract. Detailed information, guidelines, and recommendations for oral or poster presentation, as well as time allotment, date, time, and venue will be duly sent to registered presenting authors.

Guidelines for the submission of Roundtable Presentations

Roundtable presentations are among the most flexible format offered at the conference, and may look quite different from session to session. The one thing that they have in common is that each allows for extended discussion among a small group. Roundtables are excellent venues for giving and receiving targeted feedback, engaging in in-depth discussions, and meeting colleagues with similar interests. Roundtable discussions are an opportunity for participants to get together in an informal setting to examine issues as they relate to a particular area. Roundtables at PsySSA may take the form of 60 or 120 minute sessions. Roundtable presentations typically include 15 – 30 minutes of presentation, followed by discussion and feedback. They do not typically include audiovisual aids. It is recommended that roundtable facilitators either have questions prepared in advance to get at and discuss the issues surrounding the topic or facilitators may request that the audience present questions to the roundtable participants. A combination of these is also an option. Effective roundtables are those in which time is managed carefully; the moderator is well versed on topic and keeps focused; the facilitator does as much prep work for discussion as possible and provides closure by summarizing the key points of the discussion and way forward (if applicable) at the conclusion of the roundtable. All roundtable  submissions should include an overall abstract. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Submissions should be made via http://psyssa.professionalhosting.co.za/PsySSA2015Conference/. If accepted as a roundtable presentation, authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for presentation:

  • The presentations must be in English, the official language of the PsySSA Congress.
  • The presentation submission constitutes a formal commitment by the author/s to present the corresponding presentation in the session and time slot assigned by the Scientific Committee.
  • Changes in authorship should be communicated timeously to the Scientific Committee so that the necessary amendments can be made to the printed programme.
  • If the original presenting author is unable to present, one of the co-authors should take over this responsibility.
  • Presenters who are absent from their presentations without notifying the Scientific Committee in advance will be blacklisted for future Congresses.

Notification of acceptance of roundtable presentations by the Scientific Committee will be emailed to the individual submitting the roundtable. Detailed information, guidelines, and recommendations for presentation, as well as time allotment, date, time, and venue will be duly sent to registered presenting authors.

Guidelines for the submission of Individual Oral Presentations

Participants may choose to submit an individual oral paper presentation.  Individual presentations submitted and accepted by the Scientific Committee will be grouped by category topics into thematic sessions, in order to promote communication among the presenters and participants and to facilitate discussion. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Submissions should be made via http://psych2016.professionalhosting.co.za/PsychologyConference2016/ If accepted, authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for presentation:

  • The presentations must be in English, the official language of the PsySSA Congress.
  • The presentation submission constitutes a formal commitment by the author/s to present the corresponding presentation in the session and timeslot assigned by the Scientific Committee.
  • Changes in authorship should be communicated timeously to the Scientific Committee so that the necessary amendments can be made to the congress programme.
  • If the original presenting author is unable to present, one of the co-authors must take over this responsibility.
  • Presenters who are absent from their presentations without notifying the Scientific Committee in advance will be blacklisted for future Congresses.

Notification of acceptance by the Scientific Committee will be emailed to the individual submitting the abstract. Detailed information, guidelines, and recommendations for oral or poster presentation, as well as time allotment, date, time, and venue will be duly sent to registered presenting authors.

Guidelines for the submission of Poster Presentations

Participants may choose to submit an abstract for consideration as a poster presentation. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Submissions should be made via http://psych2016.professionalhosting.co.za/PsychologyConference2016/ If accepted as a poster presentation; authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for poster presentations:

  • The posters are to be in English, the official language of the PsySSA Congress.
  • Changes in authorship should be communicated timeously to the Scientific Committee so that the necessary amendments can be made to the printed programme.
  • Recommended Poster Size: Poster board size — 238 cm (93″) high x 95 cm (37″) wide
  • Font: the poster must have clearly visible type face that is not smaller than 16 point.
  • Recommended Content: Maximum pertinent information should be provided in the poster. The poster should reflect:
    • The title (abbreviations should be avoided in the title)
    • The author/s & institutional affiliations
    • E-mail address of corresponding author
    • The objective of the study
    • The methods used, if pertinent
    • A summary of the results obtained (or preliminary findings), if pertinent
    • The conclusions reached and/or recommendations made.
    • These are recommended guidelines. It is acknowledged that some posters may require a slightly different approach.
  • Attendance: The author of a traditional poster (in the case of a multi-author poster at least one author) must be present during the time slot allocated by the Scientific Committee to interact with and answer questions that delegates may have.

Notification of acceptance by the Scientific Committee will be emailed to the presenting author. Detailed information, guidelines, and recommendations for oral or poster presentation, as well as time allotment, date, time, and venue will be duly sent to registered presenting authors. Presenters are responsible for putting up and taking down posters and should ensure that appropriate material is brought for this purpose (Double-sided tape or Prestik).

Guidelines for the submission of Electronic Poster Presentations

Participants may choose to submit an abstract for consideration as an Electronic Poster presentation. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Submissions should be made via http://psych2016.professionalhosting.co.za/PsychologyConference2016/. If accepted as an electronic poster presentation, authors are requested to conform to the following guidelines for poster presentations:

  • The electronic posters are to be submitted in English, the official language of the PsySSA Congress.
  • Changes in authorship should be communicated timeously to the Scientific Committee so that the necessary amendments can be made to the printed programme.
  • Electronic format: May consist of a maximum of six power point slides with clearly visible typeface that is not smaller than 16 point OR a single poster slide (recommended A0 poster – Portrait or Landscape slide) with clearly visible type face that is not smaller than 16 point. Click here for guidelines on preparing a poster in MS PowerPoint (insert link to guidelines document)
  • Electronic Posters must be submitted in .pdf format.
  • Content: Maximum pertinent information should be provided in the poster. The poster should reflect:
    • The title (abbreviations should be avoided in the title)
    • The author/s
    • E-mail address of corresponding author
    • The specific objective of the study
    • The methods used, if pertinent
    • A summary of the results obtained (or anticipated), if pertinent
    • The conclusions reached and/or recommendations made.
    • These are recommended guidelines. It is acknowledged that some posters may require a slightly different approach.
  • Submitted posters will not be edited, applicants must ensure that their posters are thoroughly edited and do not contain any typographic and grammatical errors.
  • Attendance: Electronic poster authors may be excused from being present during the time slot allocated for viewing the electronic poster, provided that the corresponding author takes responsibility for responding electronically within 24 hours to questions posted by delegates.

Notification of acceptance by the Scientific Committee will be emailed to the corresponding author. Detailed information, guidelines, and recommendations for the electronic submission, as well as time allotment, date and time of the session will be duly sent to the registered corresponding author. Electronic posters accepted for the Congress must be emailed to info@psyssa.com by the 15th of August 2016.

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  1. Exhibition Booking Information
  2. Exhibition Booking Form
  3. Bag Insert Booking Form

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