Call for Proposals – CIC 2019

Please send us your proposal!

May 17, 2019 – Chicago, IL

Theme: Gun Violence Prevention: The Mental Health Implications of Mass Shootings

Gun violence has a detrimental impact on society in numerous ways, including reductions in the quality of life due to the fear of violence (APA, 2018).  The United States has the highest rate of gun-related injuries among “developed countries,” as well as the highest rate of gun ownership.  Furthermore, the U.S has more mass shootings than any other country.  The recent and tragic incidents of mass shootings in schools across the U.S have left community members, families, and their children shocked and terrified.  The resulting mental health ramifications are many and may include trauma, PTSD, general anxiety, depression, and others.  Psychologists and other mental health providers are working to develop effective methods to reduce gun violence, but political opposition has created barriers to support for research. 

The frequency of mass shootings, including school shootings, is on the shocking rise as there have been nearly as many mass shootings as days in 2018 thus far.  During 2017, there were 346 mass shootings in the U. S. killing 437 people and injuring over 1,800 people.  In Chicago alone, there have been more than 1,000 people shot and over 200 homicides in 2018, with the majority of the victims residing in marginalized communities (Chicago Tribune, 2018).  Gun violence affects people of all ages but has a disproportionate impact on young adults and racial/ethnic minorities (APHA, 2018).  As responsible and engaged members of our community, mental health practitioners must respond.

This conference will explore how this complex and multifaceted problem of gun violence prevention can be addressed by various systems (e.g. mental health providers, community advocates, policy leaders, educators, and students) to work together and promote a comprehensive approach that will keep individuals, families, and communities safe.

Conference Objectives:

·         Identify individual, community, and social prevention and intervention methods to promote mental health wellness

·         Apply research, theory, and innovative practice initiatives

·         Create interprofessional coalitions to engage in systemic sustainable change

Suggested Topics:

·         Media, mental health, and stigma

·         School shootings, influence on children and adolescents

·         Widespread access to firearms and lethal guns

·         The psychology of mass violence and the desensitizing of violence

·         Identifying risk factors associated with gun violence; what can you do?

·         Interventions that assess the impact of gun violence prevention

·         Impact on marginalized communities and engaging communities

·         Influence on the Criminal Justice System

·         Prevention at the individual, family, and community levels (a systems approach)

·         Community-based anger reduction programs (“Becoming a Man”, Chicago)

·         Antecedents to gun violence: Developmental issues

·         Gender, culture, and violence

·         The politics and policies on firearm prevention

·         The intersection of Mental health, suicidal ideation, and access to firearms

·         Why do mass shootings in schools happen in the U.S and not as frequently in international contexts? 

·         Policies, and social justice initiatives that promote safety, public health, and dialogue with a focus on children and/or youth

·         Conflict, anger, and rage among men and the larger society

Proposal Application Process:

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Poster Proposal Process and Details:

We invite students, faculty, and staff across disciplines of professional psychology to consider submitting to present posters for new, ongoing, or completed projects related to the theme.  Projects will also be considered that do not fit into a classic research project format, but, as an example, entail an advanced exploration of clinical or professional techniques and interventions that could be showcased. 

Submissions from graduate students in any area of psychology and the related fields should be emailed to [email protected] by Friday, February 8, 2019.   Authors will be notified of the status of their proposals on Friday, March 8, 2019. At least one of the authors of the accepted presentations must be present at theconference.  

All submissions must include a cover sheet with the information below reported for every participating author, in the following order: (1) Title of the poster/exhibit; (2)Name of the author(s); (3) Academic affiliation; (3) Highest degree earned; (4) Mailing address; (5) Email address; (6) Telephone number.

Poster proposals should include an abstract with 500 words and 3-5 keywords.

All proposals must adhere to APA format and ethical guidelines.

For inquiries, please email [email protected]