Information on Submissions

Requirement and guidance for submitting papers

Submissions Information and Link

The submission period ended FEBRUARY 15, 2018

  • All submissions must be made online via Submittable, a cloud-based submission management system. The link to submit is provided below. Information on submission criteria and requirements is included on this page and also available on Submittable..

  • Please note that current trainees (e.g., PhD candidates, medical students) may only submit posters to this meeting. The WACP is offering an award for best poster!  Trainees with a doctoral degree (e.g., residents/registrars, postdoctoral fellows) are eligible for oral presentations at trainee rates. Professionals who are not currently in training (regardless of degree) and work as clinicians, researchers, educators, policymakers or in other areas are eligible for oral presentations at professional rates.


The 5th World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry is applying to offer continuing education credit to physicians nationwide and, in New York State, to social workers and other professionals. In order to fulfill the requirements of the CE granting office, we must submit several things from each presenter: (1) CV, (2) conflict of interest disclosure form, (3) and presentation slides - or, for those not using slides, an outline of the presentation. CVs and disclosure forms will be required upon submission of abstracts. Slides will be collected during the conference. Please note that these materials will NOT be distributed or used for any purpose other than fulfilling requirements of the CE office. Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing Roberto Lewis-Fernandez at

The types of questions to be discussed at the World Congress

How can diverse public mental health systems provide care in ways that are locally adapted, financially sustainable, and responsive to evidence-based practices usually developed in affluent settings?
What are the best ways for service planners and providers to identify and tackle disparities in care across cultural groups?
How can trust, therapeutic alliance, and shared decision-making be enhanced in clinical encounters challenged by culture-related barriers?

What are the best ways to teach, include in service planning, and incorporate into clinical practice a more comprehensive definition of culture that encompasses multiple aspects of identity?
What processes have worked best for highlighting to policymakers the need to address mental health needs and disparities across cultural groups in low-and-middle income communities?
How can addressing these needs and disparities in low and middle-income countries help them attain their Sustainable Development Goals? What is the “business case” for cultural psychiatry?

What innovative training methods have been developed to help trainees identify and address the impact of culture on mental healthcare?
How can providers best elicit the cultural views and expectations of their patients and their social networks in ways that are feasible and useful in high-demand settings? How can this information be applied in formulating and conducting effective treatment plans?
What approaches have been used to leverage community and clinical resources (such as physical health services, local healers, peer-run organizations, and faith-based communities) to expand access to mental healthcare in underserved areas? What are the strengths and limitations of these approaches?

The World Congress will provide a venue for frank and rich international exchange on these and other related questions essential to the implementation of cultural psychiatry in diverse clinical settings. 

Abstract Submission Categories

Abstract forms can be submitted for a Plenary, Special Session, Workshop, Symposium, Individual Paper or Poster.

Multiple workshops, symposia, and paper sessions will run concurrently

Click through the tabs on the right to view the details for each category.


Special session



Paper session

Individual papers

Individual posters

a. Individual lectures attended by all Congress participants
b. Each plenary lecture is 20 min. long
c. Three lectures per 90-min. plenary session, plus Q&A

a. Panel presentations, two running concurrently (“half-plenary”)
b. Each panelist speaks for 20 min.
c. Three panelists per 90-min. special session, plus Q&A

a. Interactive, hands-on group session on a single topic
b. Focus on specific skills, debates, concepts
c. Submission includes a timeline of activities
d. One organizer and up to four co-facilitators
e. 90-min. duration

a. Panel presentations on a focused topic, submitted as a group
b. Three presentations per panel, each 20 min. long
c. 90-min. duration, including 25 min. of Q&A
d. A discussant may be included, but must allow for 20 min. of open audience discussion
e. May be assembled by organizers from individual papers on very similar themes

a. Assembled by organizers from papers submitted individually
b. The overall theme of each paper session may be broad (e.g., “Culture and treatment”)
c. Four-five presentations per session, each about 12-15 min. long
d. 90-min. duration, including 25 min. of Q&A

a. Individual presentation to be assembled by organizers into symposia or paper sessions
b. Preference will be given to papers that present empirical data

a. Posters should present empirical data and/or projects related to the conference theme
b. The following headings must be included: title, authors, institution, objectives, background, methods, (partial or final) results, conclusions, and references (in APA format)
c. Poster size should be 120×180 cm (4×6 ft.); font size of ≥30 pts. for headers, ≥24 pts. for text

Attention Trainees

Best Poster Award

Please note that current trainees (e.g., PhD candidates, medical students) may only submit posters to this meeting. The WACP is offering an award for best poster!

Submit now!


Submissions must include a structured abstract (300 word limit), 2-3 learning objectives, and 2-3 related references.

Instructions for Preparing Abstracts

Abstracts should include the following subsections:

  1. Background
  2. Aims/Objectives/Issues of Focus
  3. Methods/Proposition
  4. Results/Potential Outcomes
  5. Discussion/Implications.

Instructions for Preparing Learning Objectives

Please make sure you use learning objectives, not teaching objectives. Teaching objectives state what you are trying to teach. Learning objectives are what you expect the attendee to know or be able to do after attending your presentation.

The objectives must use action verbs, which allow for the measurement of quantifiable outcomes. For example, At the conclusion of this presentation learners will be able to:

  • define what an action verb is and list three characteristics of it
  • describe two reasons why educational objectives are important
  • discuss the importance of action verbs in preparing measurable educational objectives

An excellent reference for this task is Robert F. Majer’s Preparing Instructional Objectives, 3rd. edition, available from if not at your local library.

Conference Learning Objectives

After attending this meeting, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the impact of culture on illness presentation, treatment preferences and choices, patient and family engagement, provider behavior, and healthcare system organization as seen in various clinical, policy, and advocacy settings around the world.
  • Describe the range of clinical, policy, and advocacy strategies being planned and implemented globally to apply the principles and practices of cultural psychiatry in routine care.
  • Discuss the multiple aspects of culture being included in these implementation efforts, including language, religion/spirituality, nativity status, gender identity, race/ethnicity, geographical origin, citzenship status, class, caste, tribe, occupation, and sexual orientation.
  • Identify multiple approaches to enhance the equity of mental healthcare access, quality, and outcomes across cultural groups.