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Call for Proposals: 2021 OPA Convention

Interprofessional Alliances to Promote Growth in Times of Change

April 21 - 23, 2021 

Proposal Deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020

The Ohio Psychological Association invites program proposals for the 2021 Annual Convention. This year’s Convention theme is “Interprofessional Alliances to Promote Growth in Times of Change.” We invite you to be a part of this annual event known for its excellent programming that addresses issues facing Ohio psychologists.

The OPA Convention is a three-day event combining networking, continuing education, academic-related and OPA membership events. Taking place each spring, the Convention typically attracts over 350 psychologist attendees, reputed speakers and presenters, student poster presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, award winners and guests.

Read through these guidelines carefully to ensure that your proposal meets the criteria. Submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020 for consideration. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Flexibility is Key
Given the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying restrictions, OPA has developed three plans (Traditional, Virtual and Hybrid) to ensure that the 2021 OPA Convention meets expectations while keeping participants’ safety a priority . The decision as to which plan to implement will be made based on directives set forth by the State of Ohio. 

Based on which plan is selected, speakers may be asked to present their workshop in-person with a live audience or virtually with or without an audience. Speakers will also be required to provide all slide decks and handouts in a digital format. Your flexibility and patience during this process is greatly appreciated.

Suggested Topics
In line with our 2021 Convention theme, “Interprofessional Alliances to Promote Growth in Times of Change,” the following topic areas have been designated to be of high interest. Please note the following topics are suggestions, other topics related to the convention theme are welcome. Interdisciplinary themes are encouraged. 

  • Forensic psychology
  • Geriatric population
  • Insurance best practices
  • Mental health needs during the pandemic
    • Access to healthcare
    • Childhood development
    • Diverse populations
  • Mindfulness
  • Opioid Crisis
  • Pain Management
  • Racism pandemic
  • End of career transitions and retirement planning
  • Self-care for mental health professionals
  • Substance abuse and its affect on children and families
  • Telepsychology

Proposal Guidelines

To participate in this conference, please submit a compelling presentation proposal that supports the field of psychology. OPA is committed to supporting the personal and professional lives of psychologists throughout their lifespan, from student status through retirement. Presentations for all experience levels are welcome. 

OPA is committed to diversity and multiculturalism. ALL presentations are expected to address the needs of a diverse population. Presenters are required to explain, as part of their proposal, how their workshop addresses and/or integrates diversity issues into the topic. 

OPA expects ALL workshops to contain elements of ethics and/or cultural competency. However in order for a workshop to count as Ethics CE, eighty-five percent of the content must address ethics and/or cultural competency. As an APA approved CE provider, OPA adheres to their guidelines, and no partial credit is given. 

OPA supports and strongly encourages programs that allow for a collaborative style, address cutting edge research and create opportunities for thoughtful discussion. Please review the proposed presenter standards before submitting a proposal. Special attention should be given to the learning objective standards as outlined on our website.

Proposals should be submitted using our online form.


Submissions are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020.
Presenters will be notified no later than November 20, 2020 of their proposal acceptance. In submitting a proposal, presenters accept responsibility for the time scheduled for their presentation and agree that they will meet all set deadlines.


Call Karen Hardin, Director of Education and Communications, at 614-224-0034 ext. 15 or email at khardin@ohpsych.org