Call for Presentations

Second Round of Abstracts are now CLOSED.

Over the years, International Adventure Therapy Conferences have focused on connecting and consolidating our global field of practice through face to face conversations, high quality presentations, and experiences of adventure therapy in action. Past conferences have led to greater depth, coherence and quality in the international field of adventure therapy.

The 8IATC is ‘expanding the circles’ to build links with allied fields such as social work, youth justice, programs for and by first peoples, psychology, occupational therapy, psychotherapy and of course many more. We encourage all practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and professionals from allied fields to come, share and learn together.

Thinking of presenting at the 8IATC? Submit your Abstract early to avoid disappointment…

To ensure high quality presentations, all 8IATC presenters are required to submit an ‘expression of interest to present’ in the form of an initial Abstract. Abstracts will be reviewed by an international group of reviewers, and presenters will be notified of the success (or otherwise) of their submission well in advance of the conference.

Once accepted, oral presenters will need to submit an Extended Abstract for inclusion in the 8IATC Proceedings. Delegates will receive the full set of Abstracts in electronic or hard copy format upon arrival at the 8IATC.

All potential presenters need to register and pay for their attendance at the 8IATC. We encourage potential presenters to make the most of discounted fees by registering and paying for their attendance as early as possible. 

We ask that presenters consider the best means of conveying their messages (e.g. interactive workshop, experiential workshop, didactic presentation, poster) and align it with a conference theme (see below).


Information for Potential Presenters

Expanding the circles

The four 8IATC themes are intended to draw out useful knowledge across the breadth of experience. Presenters may choose to address one or more of the following:

  • Core – Adventure therapy research and practice
  • Spiral – Traditional methods in a contemporary context
  • Overlapping – Merging adventure therapy with allied fields/ professions
  • At the edge – Exploring the new

Presentation Formats
A range of presentation options are available at the 8IATC. Presenters may choose one of the following formats:

  • Poster presentations – A0 size poster (841 x 1189 mm or 33.1 x 46.8 in)
  • 45 minute information-sharing or interactive workshop presentations
  • 90 minute workshops with some experiential components – if you are interested in using an outdoor adventure medium such as abseiling, climbing, low ropes, high ropes, leap of faith, archery, bushwalking, or initiative activities, please contact co-conveners to discuss the possibilities.

Extended Abstracts

Presenters who are selected to share their ideas and work at the 8IATC will need to submit an Extended Abstract of their presentation (approx. 1500 words) for inclusion in the 8IATC Proceedings, which will be available to delegates at the conference. Presenters can also choose to further prepare a full paper of their presentation for publication in one of a range of professional journals that have offered their support to the conference.

Process for Presentation Selection and Publication

Call for Abstracts 
Potential presenters need to submit a 250 word Abstract for review by a selection committee by 1st Dec 2017. The submission should provide a summary of the intended presentation, the format of the presentation, and publication choice (extended abstract only, or with additional journal publication). A second round of Abstracts will likely be called in early 2018. Before you submit your Abstract, first read the Abstract guidelines.

All oral presenters will be expected to submit an Extended Abstract (1500 words) of their presentation by 6th August 2018 for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, to be distributed at the Conference. Poster presenters will need to upload a PDF of their poster by this date.

Important Dates

First Round of Abstracts NOW CLOSED

Notification of Acceptance of First Round Abstracts: 10th Jan 2018

Second Round of Abstracts NOW OPEN. This round closes: 1st Feb 2018

Deadline for submission of all Extended Abstracts: 6th August 2018

Deadline for submission of Full Papers for separate publication: October 2018

NOTE: We will receive Abstracts until the 8IATC Program is FULL. Submit your early to avoid disappointment.