Call for abstracts

We invite music therapists as well as arts therapists, allied health professionals, educators and community arts practitioners to submit proposals that consider the symposium’s theme and topics in the following formats:

An oral presentation refers to a developed academic topic, policy area, an ongoing project or program evaluation, research (please include: description, aim, methods and results), or case studies. The duration allocated for each oral presentation is 15 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for questions.

A poster presentation is designed to allow the presenter to have a static image of text and graphics describing preliminary findings from research or published papers, description of programs or their activities or other clinical and creative work completed in the field related to the conferences subthemes. Work being submitted in a poster format must lend itself well to visual displays and representations. These sessions allow for engagement in informal discussions about the work with interested participants throughout the conference.

A workshop is an opportunity for a group of interested participants to be engaged in intensive discussion and activity on a particular topic. A workshop can feature educational material with a particular focus on emerging trends, promising practices, applied research and replicable programs. In addition to building new knowledge, workshops can educate participants on particular skills that can be used in a medical, clinical or educational setting. These sessions may be structured in a form of a crafted panel, a dialogue or debate, case studies and interactive-experiential activities. Each workshop session includes two 45-minute sessions

NEW deadline for abstract submission

Due to a high number of requests, the deadline for abstract submission has been extended until February 24th, 2019 at 23:59 GMT

Official language

All sessions at the CAIPT PcS-2019 will be given in English. Abstracts must be submitted in English to be considered for CAIPT PcS-2019.


Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are to have a maximum of 250 words, and should have an intro, body and conclusions. Abstracts highlight major points of your research and explain why your work is important; what your purpose was, how you went about your project, what you learned, and what you
concluded.  It is not acceptable to cite any references in the abstract.

Abstracts must include sufficient information for reviewers to judge the nature and significance
of the topic, the adequacy of the investigative strategy, the nature of the results, and the
conclusions. The abstract should summarize the substantive results of the work and not merely
list topics to be discussed.

Workshop abstracts are to have a maximum of 250 words, and should address the following questions: 

  • What are the learning outcomes of the proposed workshop?
  • How will your workshop engage participants?
  • How will your workshop address the chosen theme?

To discuss suitability of your workshop please feel free to contact the symposium’s chairs at prior to submission. 

Abstract submission using EasyChair

All presenters are encouraged to submitt their abstracts through EasyChair. Creating an EasyChair account is required before abstract submission.

Sign up for an account

  1. Navigate to the EasyChair web page at:
  2. Click Sign up for an account (top-right).
  3. Create an account filling in your name and e-mail. Click Continue.
  4. You will receive a confirmation e-mail containing a link to continue your registration. Find the mail in your e-mail client and click the link.
  5. Complete your registration by providing all the required information, and picking a username and password. Then click Create my account.
  6. You have now the EasyChair account and can proceed to abstract submission.

Abstract submission (an EasyChair  account is required – see above)

  1. Click on CAIPT PcS2019 abstract submission link here:
  2. Login to EasyChair using your account details (username/password)
  3. Fill out the required fields in the abstract submission form.
  4. Finalize your submission using the “Submit” button at the bottom of the form.

You may also watch this video: Submitting papers to EasyChair

Abstract review and notification

All abstracts will receive blind peer-review by two members of the Scientific Program Committee according to the following criteria: 

  • Quality of the empirical work and theoretical foundation
  • Implications for arts therapy practice
  • Originality
  • Clarity and organisation
  • Relevance to the theme

Abstracts will be considered for both Podium and Poster Presentations. Email notifications of acceptance or rejection will be sent to corresponding authors by March 10, 2019.

Registration Requirement

Upon acceptance, all presenting authors of both oral and poster presentations must register for the symposium. Failure to register by March 20, 2019 will result in removal from the scientific program.

Publication of submissions

CAIPT PcS-2019’s abstract book will be published at the symposiums website. Selected speakers will be invited to submit papers to a special journal issue on the symposium’s theme.