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Call for Proposals

Calgary Family Therapy Centre’s 50th Anniversary Conference

August 16th -20th, 2023 at Calgary, Alberta

Hello! We invite you to share your work at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre’s 50 th Anniversary Conference Bringing Forth Generativities Within Relational Disquiet! We are looking forward to hearing about your generative activities. Ideally, your presentation will relate to the conference theme described below.

In distinguishing disquiet, we are pointing to passionate differences that arise spontaneously among us as human beings. How such differences are managed make a huge difference in terms of outcome. Differences can become extremely divisive and problematic but at other times they can be channeled into remarkable creativity. Rather than trying to evade such disquiet, we intend to befriend it in ways that opens space to bring forth relational preferences at a variety of levels. This conference will focus on different kinds and sources of relational disquiet and how systemic family therapy practitioners might enable its potential generativity, a generativity that promotes healing and wellness, and also aims towards the kinds of collaboration that adds liveliness to life.


Please note: if your proposal is accepted, all presenters must be registered with full fees paid prior to posting your title and abstract on the website of the conference program.

****PLEASE NOTE, you can submit your proposals for the Brief Papers and Posters in the form below. However for the Symposiums, please submit your symposium proposal in a Word document via email to: 

Presentations can be delivered in one of the following formats:


These will feature research, clinical practice, community, supervisory, or other work in the field of family therapy and how these relate to the conference theme. A number will be assigned to each poster and the same number will be placed on the poster display for presenters to showcase their poster. Posters should be no larger than 92 cm (36 in) wide x 76 cm (30 in) high. Posters should be no smaller than 70 cm (28 in) x 70 cm (28 in).

Brief papers:

These will be 10-minute-long presentations that highlight presenters’ research, clinical, community, or supervisory work, and how these relate to the conference’s theme. The presentations will be followed by 5 minutes for Q&A. Presentations will be grouped (4 presentations) based on common themes, and facilitated by a moderator. Abstracts for the presentations should be no longer than 250 words.

Please submit your poster and/or brief paper presentation proposal in the form below.


Presenters may choose to organize presentations together with others in the form of a symposium. Symposiums should include 4

10-minute presentations and will be followed by a Q&A period. 

Symposium proposals:

In a Word or pdf document please outline for each of the 4 presentations:

1) Authors names, academic and/or clinical affiliation, country, and if you choose, pronouns, in order of appearance 

2) Title of the presentation

3) Aims of the symposium (100 words)

4) Abstract for each presentation (no more than 250 words)


*****Please email symposium proposal to:****** 


Presenters will receive an email to acknowledge receipt of their proposal. After proposals are reviewed, presenters will be contacted with an update on the status of their proposal (accepted or rejected). Upon receiving an email confirming the proposal’s acceptance, presenters must register and pay the full conference fee here.

Completed registration confirms presenters as part of the conference. Presenters who have been accepted but do not complete the registration will not be able to present at the conference.

****PLEASE NOTE, you can submit your proposals for the Brief Papers and Posters in the form below. However for the Symposiums, please submit your symposium proposal in a Word document via email to: 

All submissions and presentations must be in english

For more information, please contact: 

Call for Proposals


We are looking forward to reading your presentation(s) submission. Please do not forget to provide your contact information so that we can reach you. 

All rooms designated for the presentations (brief papers and symposiums) will be provided with a projector and microphones. Presenters should arrange to have at least one laptop per presentation.


Poster presentations will have a designated area during the conference and will be provided with a numbered poster display.

For Brief Papers and Posters please fill out the form below:

Type of Presention

For symposiums:

Please create Word or pdf document outlining for each presentation part of the symposium (up to 4 presentations):

1) Authors names and last names (in order of appearance) 

2) Title of the presentation

3) Abstract for each presentation (no more than 250 words)

PLEASE EMAIL your symposium proposal to: 

Thanks for submitting!

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