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Call for Submissions

CRCP2018 - 4th Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology
Theme: Transforming Psychology: Embracing Caribbean Realities

November 2018
Kingston, Jamaica

Early Submission Deadline: September 15th, 2017
Regular Submission Deadline: February 18th, 2018

We are pleased to announce that CRCP2018, sponsored by the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations - CANPA, will be held November 2018, in Kingston, Jamaica. This conference is a continuation of the historic CRCP2011 in Nassau, Bahamas, the inaugural CANPA conference in Suriname in 2014, and the 2016 conference in Haiti.

The conference theme, Transforming Psychology: Embracing Caribbean Realities, seeks to stimulate and promote psychological theory, practice, research, assessment and training that are relevant to meeting the needs of the diverse communities within the Caribbean. Such a psychology embraces psycho-historical, psycho-social, ethnic, cultural, economic, linguistic, family composition and intellectual realities of Caribbean societies. While acknowledging the contributions of Euro-American psychology and other worldviews, the intent of the conference is to promote the development of a contextual psychology that can effectively address the psychological challenges of Caribbean people. As Caribbean current realities are explored, there will be an appreciation for the rich heritage of Caribbean nations and an examination of colonialism, slavery and indentureship and their impact on Caribbean societies. This transformation will move psychologists, and those in related fields, forward in appropriating a unified psychological framework to the realities of residents in the Caribbean as well as those in the diaspora. We invite papers from the various disciplines that explore the themes and subthemes of the CRCP 2018.

CRCP2018 invites abstracts that embrace and affirm the past and present realities of the Caribbean peoples, and promote their prospective physical, mental and social health and overall well-being. Abstracts from psychologists, other social scientists and educators as well as students, and those working in related fields--within the region, the Caribbean Diaspora, and from around the world--are welcome.


The conference theme is Transforming Psychology: Embracing Caribbean Realities.
Abstracts are welcome on any of the following five sub-themes, or on other topics that are embodied in the overall conference theme that are not captured in the sub-themes and topics below.

Sub-Themes & Topics


  • Envisioning Caribbean Futures
  • Conceptualizing National and Pan-Caribbean Identities
  • Challenging Old Narratives and Creating New Visions
  • Addressing Transgenerational Trauma
  • Use of Hypnosis in the Caribbean
  • Developing Culturally-Relevant Mental Health Services
  • Psychology and Social Justice in the Caribbean Context
  • Caribbean Models of Well-Being and Health Promotion
  • Psychopathology and Mental Health in the Caribbean
  • National and Regional Trauma, Emergency and Disaster Mental Health Programmes
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Risk Factors and Resiliency among Victims and Survivors of Disasters (Natural, Human and Medical like Ebola, Cholera, etc.)
  • Addictions
  • Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases & Communicable Diseases (STDs, AIDS, etc.)
  • Suicide and Para-suicide
  • Positive Psychology: Strength Based Approaches and National Happiness
  • Occupational Wellness, Health and Safety
  • Economic/Political Dependency and Mental Health
  • Political Systems and Mental Health


  • Indo-Caribbean culture
  • African Caribbean mores, usages, traditions, and well-being.
  • Indigenous peoples in the Caribbean
  • Indigenous languages in the practice of Caribbean Psychology
  • Caribbean emigration, immigration, and return migration
  • Acculturation and Globalization in the Caribbean
  • Transnationalism in the Caribbean Diaspora
  • Multicultural Caribbean identities
  • Conceptualizing National and Pan-Caribbean Identities (from above)
  • Globalization and Caribbean Development
  • Race and Race Relations in the Caribbean


  • Regionalizing the Psychology Curriculum
  • Core Competences in Undergraduate Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Culturally- Appropriate Pedagogy
  • Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology Education
  • Culturally- Appropriate Training: Assessment and Therapy
  • Alternative Models of Intervention
  • Ethnography and Participant-Focused Methodologies
  • Training in Cultural Competence: Cultural Translation and Adaptation in Assessment and Therapy
  • Caribbean Perspectives on Post Graduate Education
  • Psychotherapy Training, Certification, and Evaluation


  • Caribbean interventions in Neurosciences
  • Caribbean interventions in Cognitive Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology: contributions to Caribbean economic development)
  • Educational Psychology: assessment and guiding of learning and teaching at educational institutions
  • Caribbean Psychology and religious practices


  • Psychology Regulation – Protecting the Public and Serving Science and the Practice of Psychology
  • Developing a Culturally Appropriate Psychological Science
  • Caribbean Psychology: Engagement Across Disciplines
  • Promoting Cross Cultural Research
  • Psychology and the Environment: Sustainability and Adaptability
  • Documenting Caribbean Worldviews, Attitudes, Beliefs & Values
  • Developing Community-Based Interventions
  • Disability, Marginalization, Discrimination.
  • Psychological Care to Older Adults or Caregivers of Elders
  • Technology and the Caribbean Reality
  • Embracing Alternative Knowledge Systems
  • Practicing Psychology in Small Spaces
  • Decreasing Dependency on Pharmaceutical Interventions: Behavioral Approaches to Mental Illness Treatment
  • Innovative Caribbean Practice Models

Presentation Formats

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations, grouped together by subject matter. Presentation will be displayed on a poster board and the presenter will be present during the time of the dedicated session to answer questions from individuals. Presenters will highlight scholarship via displays and informal discussions.

Papers (15 minutes) 
Separate presentations grouped together by subject matter or theme. This is a talk presentation style. Paper presentations will be grouped by the conference organizers into topically related sessions. Individual papers may also be assigned as poster presentations.

Symposia (90 minutes)
Presentations submitted together on a specific topic. Listings have the symposium abstract and abstracts of each presentation listed. This is a talk presentation style. Each integrated symposium generally includes a maximum of four (4) presentations and one (1) discussant on a common topic based on the conference theme and subthemes. Multi-disciplinary panels are welcome; note however, that the convenor of the symposium must be a psychologist.

Roundtables (45 minutes) 
Parallel discussion sessions on specific topics - presentation and discussion. Presenter will sit in a roundtable with individuals interested in the topic area. Presenter will present their paper and elicit questions and comments from individuals at the table. In this format, presenters will open a discussion on a topic relevant to the conference theme and subthemes with brief remarks and facilitate a guided, interactive discussion with the roundtable participants.

Conference Language

English is the official language of the Conference but abstracts will also be accepted in Haitian Kreyòl, French, Spanish, and Dutch. 

Submitting a Proposal

Abstracts are required for all formats
All poster, paper, and roundtable submissions must include a title (10 words maximum), an abstract of no more than 250 words, and a 50-word summary of the abstract.

Symposia submissions must include a symposium title (10 words maximum), an overall abstract of no more than 500 words, and separate entries (title, authors and abstracts - 50 words maximum) for each presentation.

Abstracts are submitted online at :
Please follow the instructions for the type of format that is relevant to your submission.
Only abstracts submitted online will be considered.

Review Criteria

All abstracts will be reviewed on the basis of relevance to the overall conference theme and subthemes. Abstracts for empirically-based presentations must include the specific goals of the study, the research questions, methodology, a summary of the results if analyses have already been completed, and a conclusion. While it is not necessary for analyses to be completed prior to abstract submission, data collection must be completed. Abstracts for theoretical, educator, or practitioner-based presentations must clearly describe the issue, project, intervention, or educational experience that is at a reasonably complete stage.

Notification of Decisions

Decision notification of abstracts submitted by the early submission deadline (SEPTEMBER 15th, 2017) will be provided, via email, by December 15th, 2017. Decision notification of abstracts submitted by the regular submission deadline (FEBRUARY 18, 2018) will receive email notification of decisions by April 1st, 2018.

Presenter Policy

All paper, symposia, roundtable and poster presenters must be registered participants in the conference and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. There will be special conference accommodation rates for registered participants at the conference hotel.

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