Trauma Talks

Call for Proposals

Instructions for submissions
Presentation Formats

SUBMISSIONS Opens: October 16, 2017 
SUBMISSIONS Deadline: December 1, 2017

We are excited to invite you to submit proposals for our fourth Trauma Talks Conference. The theme for the 2018 conference is “Bridging Brain and Body through Trauma-informed Care.” The conference will feature 2 keynote speakers, papers, workshops, a poster session and networking opportunities - all taking place in our brand new conference centre at Women’s College Hospital. 

The 2018 conference committee is seeking proposals that reflect dynamic and innovative approaches to the brain and body related to trauma-informed care (TIC) that are informed by theory, research, or clinical practice and cognizant of issues of diversity and inclusion. Multi-media and collaborative presentations are encouraged. The committee welcomes proposals from Canadian and international participants, as well as proposals from clinicians and service providers across disciplines and sectors, researchers, policy makers and others with a range of perspectives on psychological trauma and trauma-informed care. Trauma Talks is an opportunity to learn from your colleagues and to build a network of support and collaboration among professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge about psychological trauma and trauma-informed care. 

Click here for more information on the theme.

The committee invites proposals that: 

  • Reflect innovation and cutting edge content
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
  • Deliver model practices using approaches for different types of professionals
  • Present evidence based on or supported by research
  • Target either new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals
  • Use multimedia approaches to enhance attendee learning

Highlighted topics may include:

  • How utilizing the brain and/or body can further principles of TIC
  • Challenges of integrating brain and body approaches for trauma-informed care
  • Trauma-informed practices that may be applied in different practice settings
  • The impact of trauma-informed care on outcomes
  • Faculty engagement and curriculum innovation
  • Ethical issues in trauma-informed care
  • Cultural and human diversity in trauma-informed care and the role of advocacy
  • The current state of scholarship in the field

While we will give priority to presentations that address our theme, proposals on any topic addressing psychological trauma are welcome. Student and early career submissions are especially welcome. Our intention is that the overall program will include a diverse array of presenters and perspectives, including those with different backgrounds, different levels of experience, and different institutional and organizational types. 

For instructions on submissions go to We look forward to receiving your submissions.  

Dana Ross, MD, MSc, FRCPC and Carrie Clark, PSYD, CPSYCH 
Program Co-Chairs


Instructions for submissions
  • The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2017, 11:59 PM EST.
  • All presenters must register for the conference. Please note that there is no discount for presenters.
  • All proposals must designate a person who can be contacted regarding the submission. Normally, this would be the first author/primary presenter.
  • Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 200 words, with the following exception: (1) Symposium summary abstracts have a 50 word maximum.
  • A CV of each author must be submitted.
  • Abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings which will be available as a pdf on our website. 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 are asked to be aware of potential for audience distress in their presentations, and to align presentations with the principles of trauma-informed care, as well as respect for diversity and inclusiveness.
  • All proposals should be emailed to with the subject line “Trauma Talks Proposal Submission.” Failure to include the subject line may result in the submission being lost.
  •    Indicate your preferred type of presentation. However, be aware that we may need to change the presentation format depending on the best fit within the overall program.

Skill Level: All presentations must designate the knowledge/skill level required of the participant as Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, or All. Of course, these are only very general guides, since participants have quite diverse experience and training.

  • Basic: Any professional participants (including students) should be able to fully understand and appreciate this presentation. It includes 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 those in advanced stages of their career.
  • All: Presentation would be of interest to all participants, regardless of experience or training.

Abstract Length: All conference abstracts should be 200 words or less. A symposium submission must include one abstract for each discussant/presenter.

Text: Abstracts of research presentations should include the purpose, methods, findings and conclusions. All other abstracts should include an introduction to the topic, relevant populations discussed, relevance to conference theme (if any), and main points to be covered.

Learning Objectives: Three learning objectives are required for each proposal. Do not use verbs such as learn, understand, or know. Verbs must indicate observable behavior, e.g., list, describe, demonstrate.

Citations: Each submission must include 3 to 5 references in American Psychological Association format that are relevant to the objectives of the presentation.

Patient Informed Consent: In order to comply with ethical standards, you must obtain informed consent from patients who will be seen or heard in audio or video presentations, whose cases are discussed without disguise, or whose written or art work is distributed to participants. All other case material must be disguised sufficiently such that an individual cannot be identified.

Statement of Ethical Standards: All work presented must conform to national and/or professional ethical standards for each discipline represented by the presenters.


Presentation Formats

Single paper or case study
Research, theoretical, clinical, or case studies. Maximum length is 20 minutes. Authors of unaccepted submissions may be offered the opportunity to present their paper as a poster.

An organized collection of individual papers around a theme; total length is 75 minutes; usually 3-4 presentations. Each presentation discusses: (a) a particular aspect of the Symposium topic, (b) an integrated perspective on related topics, or (c) several components of a research project.
Note: One 50 word summary abstract describing the overall topic must be submitted by the moderator, along with a 200 word maximum abstract from each presenter on his or her specific contribution.

Panel Discussion
An organized and coordinated discussion among expert panelists of a particular theme. Total length: 75 minutes; usually 3-4 panelists, including a moderator. A single abstract is required for a panel.

Workshops are 75 minutes. Workshops should include both didactic and practical or experiential components.

Poster session will occur over the lunch break. A poster award will be given for best poster and announced at the end of the day.

Submissions not accepted for oral presentation may be invited to present in poster format.

Notification of Acceptance  
Primary authors only will be notified of acceptance status by email the week of January 5, 2018. Primary authors are responsible for notifying all co-presenters of acceptance status. Please email if there is a change in email address.

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2017


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