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Call for Proposals

The call for proposals and reviewers will close February 17, 2020 at 5pm EST. 

**Deadline extended to Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 5 PM EST**

Call for Proposals

The SACES Executive Committee is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the SACES 2020 Conference, October 22-24, 2020 in Baltimore, MD. We invite proposal submissions for the conference that address all areas of counseling, counselor education, and supervision. Pre-conference sessions and the Emerging Leaders Workshop will occur on Thursday (10/22), with a welcoming reception Thursday evening. The conference educational sessions will run on Friday (10/23) and Saturday (10/24) from 8 am to 5 pm.  Submissions must be received by February 17, 2020 by 5 pm ET.

Presenters: when reviews are completed, you may edit your proposal as allowed; all presenters will be notified by April 15th and must register by July 15th. Presenters are encouraged to create their presentations with consideration for ADA accommodation.

All conference proposals will undergo a double-blind review. If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Program Chair, Sejal Barden at conference.programs@saces.org

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Electronic Program Proposal Format

  • Program Title
    Your title should clearly and accurately describe the focus of your presentation (max 100 characters with spaces)
  • Type of Session and Format Flexibility
    50-minute content session; 50-minute roundtable discussion session;  or 30-minute poster session
  • Primary Topic Addressed (based primarily on NBCC categories)
    • Assesssment
    • Career development and counseling
    • Counseling specialty areas
      (e.g., addictions; clinical mental health; rehabilitation; college counseling & student affairs; marriage, couple, & family; school counseling; CE&S doctoral programs)
    • Coiunseling theory/practice
    • Teaching and learning
    • Counselor professional identity and practice issues
      (e.g., supervision, ethics, personal career development, leadership & advocacy, gatekeeping, mentoring)
    • Group dynamics and counseling
    • Human growth and development
    • Research and program evaluation
    • Social and cultural foundations
    • Wellness and prevention
    • Other (specify)

  • Presenter Information and Qualifications
    Name, highest degree earned, licensure/certification, institutional affiliation, primary mailing address,  email, and phone (for all presenters)
  • Presenter Expertise
    The collective experience related to proposed session (max 1500 characters).
  • Conference Program Abstract
    This will appear in the conference program (max 500 characters).
  • Synopsis of Program
    Include overview of rationale, content, and presentation format (max 1500 characters).
  • Learning Objectives
    Provide three objectives attendees can expect as a result of participating in your program; they must be relevant to the work of professional counselors, supervisors, and counselor educators. They will be available to participants (max 500 characters).
  • Presenter Agreement
    You must agree to the following:
    •  Individuals' names may only appear on two presentations (includes ead or co-presenter).
    • All presenters must be available to present Friday 10/23/20 and Saturday 10/24/20 from 8am - 5pm.
    • SACES will provide one LCD projector/screen combo in each content presentation room. Any other A/V needs are the responsibility of the presenter.
    • All presenters must register for the conference by 7/15/20 to be included in the conference program.
    • Presenters must provide handouts or make the presentation available to participants within one week of the conference.
    • Cancellations received after the program has been printed may result in a presenter proposal disqualification for the next SACES conference.

Rating Criteria

Proposals will be blind-reviewed and rated on the following review criteria:

  • Clear rationale for program
  • Clearly stated and appropriate learning objectives
  • Appropriate content and format
  • Overall organization and clarity
  • Relevance of topic to SACES membership
  • Appropriate fit with program tracks
  • Attention to cultural and ethical considerations
  • Relevant presenter credentials


  • 12/16/19 – Submission portal open
  •   2/17/20 – Deadline for submissions
  •   4/15/20 – Decision notification
  •   5/15/20 – Scheduling notification
  •   7/15/20 – Deadline for presenters and co-presenters to register; all presenters must register by this date and attend the conference to be included in the conference program
Presenters are also expected to follow the presenter guidelines for accessibility and inclusion.

If you have questions, please contact the Program Chair, Dr. Sejal Barden, at conference.programs@saces.org

Call for Proposal Reviewers

The SACES Executive Committee would like to invite you to become a proposal reviewer. You will have the opportunity to indicate your interest in serving as a reviewer at the end of the proposal submission process or by completing an application here. All conference proposals undergo a double-blind review.  Each reviewer must be available to evaluate submissions between February 20, 2020 and March 16, 2020 and be willing to complete at least 20 proposals.

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