Call for Student Posters: CIC 2017

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Deadline extended!

Call for Student Posters:

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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March 17, 2017 Chicago, Illinois



Title: Resiliency and Healing: The Aftermath of Violence in Marginalized Communities

Theme Description: Violence in marginalized communities is a byproduct of institutionalized racism with historical and present-day harmful repercussions. Institutional racism includes policies and structures that deprive certain individuals within a society equal opportunity to social, economic and political advantages.  It is reflected in disparities regarding criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education.  Consequently, marginalized communities fraught with violence are created and sustained.  The witnessing, victimization and exposure to racism and violence for individuals residing in marginalized communities may lead to detrimental long lasting psychological effects (Alvarez, Liang & Neville, 2016). As engaged members of our community, we have an obligation and responsibility to address the cycle of violence and promote resiliency and healing.

The conference will explore how various systems (e.g. mental health providers, community advocates, legal advocates, business and policy leaders, educators and students) can work together to help promote individual and community empowerment through their efforts towards social justice.

Conference objectives are as follows:

  • Explore individual, community and social interventions to promote resiliency and healing from violence in marginalized communities
  • Apply innovative research and theories in practice for positive change in communities
  • Form interprofessional alliances to engage in systemic and sustainable change

Suggested Topics:

  • Institutionalized racism and policy
  • Trauma and violence in communities: psychological impact
  • Gang prevention and intervention programs; breaking the school to prison pipeline
  • Social justice responses/community interventions: mental health education in marginalized communities, effective social forums
  • Universities as intervening organizations: Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model, Critical Race Theory
  • Community Interventions: building social trust and civic engagement
  • Police violence and racial profiling
  • Environmental Justice Issues
  • Psychological residuals of slavery and colonization impacting communities
  • Effects of privilege on marginalized communities
  • Media portrayals and creation of negative stereotypes
  • Modern day racism: Covert discrimination, microaggressions
  • Protective and resiliency factors: Ethnic/racial socialization, family system supports

Submission Deadline: Deadline extended! Submit no later than Friday, November 18, 2016.

Student Poster Proposal Process and Details:

We invite graduate students 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 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 Monday, October 31, 2016.  Authors will be notified of the status of their proposals on Monday, November 21, 2016. At least one of the authors of the accepted presentations must be present at the conference.

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.

Additionally, poster proposals should include a 150-word abstract, a 500-750-word summary, and 3-5 keywords.

All proposals must adhere to APA format and ethical guidelines.

For inquiries, please write to [email protected] or go to the CIC website at

For assistance with creating and editing your poster proposal, please contact Academic Success Programs at the National Center for Academic & Dissertation Excellence by emailing [email protected]