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Call for Proposals

The SACES Executive Committee is pleased to announce the call for proposals for the SACES 2018 Conference, October 11-13, 2018 in Myrtle Beach, SC. We invite proposals for the conference that address all areas of counseling, counselor education, and supervision. Pre-conference sessions and the Emerging Leaders Workshop will occur on Thursday (10/11), with a welcoming reception Thursday evening. The conference educational sessions will run on Friday (10/12) and Saturday (10/13) from 8 am to 5pm.  Submissions must be received by February 15, 2018 by 5 pm ET.

Electronic Program Proposal Format

  • Program Title
    Your title should clearly and accurately describe the focus of your presentation (max 100 characters with spaces)
  • Type of Session and Format Flexibility
    50-minute content session; 50-minute roundtable discussion session;  or 30-minute poster session
  • Primary Topic Addressed (based primarily on NBCC categories)
    • Assesssment
    • Career development and counseling
    • Counseling specialty areas
      (e.g., addictions; clinical mental health; rehabilitation; college counseling & student affairs; marriage, couple, & family; school counseling; CE&S doctoral programs)
    • Counseling theory/practice
    • Teaching and learning
    • Counselor professional identity and practice issues
      (e.g., supervision, ethics, personal career development, leadership & advocacy, gatekeeping, mentoring)
    • Group dynamics and counseling
    • Human growth and development
    • Research and program evaluation
    • Social and cultural foundations
    • Wellness and prevention
    • Other (specify)
  • Presenter Information and Qualifications
    Name, highest degree earned, licensure/certification, institutional affiliation, primary mailing address,  email, and phone (for all presenters)
  • Presenter Expertise
    The collective experience related to proposed session (max 1500 characters).
  • Conference Program Abstract
    This will appear in the conference program (max 500 characters).
  • Synopsis of Program
    Include overview of rationale, content, and presentation format (max 1500 characters).
  • Learning Objectives
    Provide three objectives attendees can expect as a result of participating in your program; they must be relevant to the work of professional counselors, supervisors, and counselor educators. They will be available to participants (max 500 characters).
  • Presenter Agreement
    You must agree to the following:
    •  Individuals' names may only appear on two presentations (includes lead or co-presenter).
    • All presenters must be available to present Friday 10/12/18 and Saturday 10/13/18 from 8am - 5pm.
    • SACES will provide one LCD projector/screen combo in each content presentation room. Any other A/V needs are the responsibility of the presenter.
    • All presenters must register for the conference by 7/15/18 to be included in the conference program.
    • Presenters must provide handouts or make the presentation available to participants within one week of the conference.
    • Cancellations received after the program has been printed may result in a presenter proposal disqualification for the next SACES conference.

Rating Criteria

Proposals will be blind-reviewed and rated on the following review criteria:

  • Clear rationale for program
  • Clearly stated and appropriate learning objectives
  • Appropriate content and format
  • Overall organization and clarity
  • Relevance of topic to SACES membership
  • Appropriate fit with program tracks
  • Attention to cultural and ethical considerations
  • Relevant presenter credentials


  • 12/15/17 – Submission portal open
  •   2/15/18 – Deadline for submissions
  •   4/15/18 – Decision notification
  •   5/15/18 – Scheduling notification
  •   7/15/18 – Deadline for presenters and co-presenters to register; all presenters must register by this date and attend the conference to be included in the conference program

If you have questions about the Call for Proposals & Reviewers, please contact the Program Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Villares, at SACESconference2018@gmail.com.

If you have questions or issues with your SACES member account or login, please contact the Membership Chair, Dr. Chris Belser at christopherbelser@gmail.com. If you join ACA/ACES after Feb 1st, your membership profile may take a few days to update; this can quickly be addressed with a copy of your new member or renewal receipt. However, we encourage you to login early to avoid any technical difficulties before the deadline.

You do not need to be a member to submit a proposal. You may still submit a proposal application and register for our conference as a non-member; however, there will be an additional cost for registration. Create a non-member account here.




Call for Proposal Reviewers

The SACES Executive Committee would like to invite you to become a proposal reviewer. You will have the opportunity to indicate your interest in serving as a reviewer at the end of the proposal submission process or by completing an application here. All conference proposals undergo a double-blind review.  Each reviewer must be available to evaluate submissions between March 1 and March 15, 2018 and be willing to complete at least 20 proposals.