Submission Guidelines

The organisation committee is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract electronically here:

1. Please submit your abstract electronically by the 31st May 2019.
Poster abstracts can be submitted until the 1st of September 2019. All submissions will be acknowledged, and if you do not receive an acknowledgement within 10 days please contact us to ensure that your submission has been received.

2. All abstract submissions for posters, papers, workshops and all congress presentations must be in English.

3. Submission of abstracts is on the understanding that the main authors of accepted abstracts will register and attend the symposium, so please ensure funding is secured accordingly.  Authors will be required to confirm their acceptance of presentation and register with full payment before the 21st of August 2019.

We would especially welcome submissions which are aligned with the symposium theme of “Advances in Training: Evidence and Practice” and related sub-themes as below:

  • Advances in the theory and/or practice of ‘De-escalation’
  • Advances in theory and/or practice related to use of ‘restrictive interventions’.
  • Advances in theory and/or practice related to use of ‘regulation, standards and quality ‘ of training.
  • Advances in theory and/or practice of integrating:
    –  Trauma informed care into training.
    –  Positive Behaviour Support into into training.
    –  Seclusion and Restraint Reduction into training.
    –  Technologies into training.
    –  emerging psychological knowledge into training.
    –  emerging neurobiological knowledge into training.
  • Advances in theory and/or practice which enhancing the safety of restrictive physical interventions into training.
  • Advances in theory and/or practice of enhancing the involvement of service users, and their unique perspective into training.
  • Advances in the theory and/or practice and/or special challenges relating to specific populations including:
    –  Mental health
    –  Childcare
    –  Adolescent
    –  Forensics
    –  Older persons
    –  Intellectually disability
    –  Acquired/Traumatic brain injury
    –  General hospital
    –  Community care
    –  Emergency departments
    –  Educational settings
  • Other themes which demonstrate novel and/or unique advances in the theory and/or practice related to training.

 4. Abstracts can be submitted for:

  • An oral paper presentation of 25 minutes presentation & 5 minutes discussion.
  • A poster presentation
  • Abstracts for papers and/or posters may be a maximum of 300 words.

Those interested in presenting interactive workshops of 90 minutes on a defined theme, which are structured as approximately 50% presentation/ 50% active participant involvement,  should contact either

5. Abstracts must be no more than 300 words and in general be structured as follows:

  • Background (maximum of two sentences to provide key rationale for study)
  • Aims
  • Methods/Content as appropriate
  • Results/Findings/Key messages  as appropriate
  • Conclusions
  • Two educational learning outcomes
  • Submissions may report original research, project development/evaluation, practice initiatives or position papers, but should be related symposium themes
  • The title of the abstract/presentation may not extend 12 words

6. All submissions will be reviewed by at least two members of the scientific committee. The scientific committee, and the conference chairs, will then adjudicate on the acceptance of abstracts.

7. The submission of an abstract implies acceptance that the decision of the scientific committee as to acceptance and allocation of presentation method [poster/paper] and timing is final, and that no further correspondence will be entered into in this regard.

8. Authors will be notified regarding acceptance of abstracts by 14th June 2019.

9. Awards will be given by the scientific committee for the “best scientific abstract” and congress participants will vote for the award for the “best poster”.

9. Schedule of important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline 31th May 2019
  • Notification of acceptance 14th June 2019
  • Submission of poster deadline 21st August 2019
  • Registration and payment for symposium no later than 21th of August 2019