SCT: An Innovative Approach to Sustainable Change

Pre-Conference Institute: Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2025
Two-Day Experiential Training

Five-Day Conference: Monday – Friday, June 9-13, 2025
Two-Hour Workshops

We are looking for interactive sessions that focus on systems-centered theory and application. Trainings, workshops, and institutes can include:

  • SCT theory pertaining to clinical, organizational, and educational contexts
  • Research relevant to the topic
  • Experiential exploration and/or discussion
  • Applications in specified contexts

The information requested in your proposal is:

  • Required to meet the standards of the American Psychological Association (for continuing education [CE] credits). See the APA guidelines below.
  • Used in evaluating your proposal and developing the conference program.
  • Available on the website to allow participants to select the training sessions that best match their goals.

Your proposal needs to meet the following criteria:

  • Relevance in a specified clinical, organizational, or educational context
  • Take into consideration conference attendees of all experience levels and professional backgrounds
  • Minimal use of SCT jargon

The deadline for submitting your proposal is September 20. If you have any questions, please contact Janneke Maas (Netherlands) or Åsa Bergquist Håål (Sweden).

Note: You can begin a draft of your proposal by entering basic information and you can return to continue working on it. The boundary for completion is September 20. Only completed proposals will be reviewed. Please review the guidelines below carefully.

After submission, the group reviewing your proposal will communicate with you. Please allow time for revisions to your proposal. You can expect to be notified of the final decision regarding your proposal by mid-October.

SCTRI Norms for All Conference Presentations:

  • All presenters are expected to register, pay for, and attend the Conference.
  • Presenters are responsible for providing A/V equipment (projectors, screens, etc.) and other supplies. If you’d like a cost estimate for renting A/V equipment, please contact Jan Vadell.
  • Workshops and trainings at the SCT Annual Conference will only be recorded for these purposes:
    • supporting the learning of members of that specific training
    • for the benefit of SCTRI-as-a-whole
    • for use in research
    • helping SCT cross the boundary to the wider world
  • Participants in any recorded training must give express permission to record prior to the event.

Please contact Janneke Maas with any questions around recording.

Guidelines for Submitting Your Proposal:

Please Note: You must be logged in to the SCTRI website to add a new proposal or revise a proposal. If your name appears in the top right of the screen, you are logged in.

If you are an SCTRI member or have attended the SCT Annual Conference recently, you already have a username and password. Click the blue "Login" link in the top right.

If you do not recall your username or password, click the blue "Login" link in the top right & then click the gray "Reset Password" button & follow the prompts.

Questions? Contact Kathy Lum at

Submitting a New Proposal:

In an effort to support you in submitting a strong and complete proposal, we have included a checklist. The checklist will guide you through all the fields in the proposal, helping you create strong content that meets APA guidelines. Please review the checklist here.

Click the “New Proposal” button below to see the information you will need to provide. Follow the links throughout the form for guidelines on presenter bios, learning objectives, presentation content, and supporting references.

Cloning Your 2024 Proposal for the 2025 Conference:

You can clone/copy your 2024 proposal and revise it for 2025. Click the link to Clone a 2024 Workshop Proposal. After you clone your proposal, you can make changes and save it as a draft or submit it as complete. Your proposal(s) will now be displayed at the bottom of the page. Select the “Edit” link next to the proposal to make additional changes.

Note: After cloning or making changes, press the SAVE button at the bottom of the page.

Please review the APA guidelines checklist here.

Note: APA requires that at least 3 of your references are within 10 years of the conference year, published in a book or peer-reviewed journal, and with no more than one reference authored by the presenter(s). Articles from the SCT Newsletter do not meet the criteria. You can list additional references older than 10 years.

Overview of the Proposal Submission Process:

  • We recommend that you complete your proposal in a Word document before starting the online proposal form so that you can copy & paste the information and reduce the chance of being logged out or losing your information.
  • You can save a DRAFT of your proposal and SUBMIT it at a later time. You will see a list of any proposals you have submitted or saved at the bottom of this page. Use the "Edit" link to update your workshop details or the "View" link to see a summary. The website will timeout after 1 hour and your draft will not be saved unless you tick the "SAVE AS DRAFT" box at the bottom of the form and press the "SAVE" button. We recommend that you save your work as you go along.
  • You will be asked for the following information:
    • Event Type - select Weekend Institute or Conference Event
    • Category - select Institute, Afternoon Workshop, etc
    • Title - a clear and informative title that lets the participant understand what to expect from your workshop
    • Description - a brief description (maximum of 65 words). For institutes and morning training groups, please include any prerequisites. This information will appear on the website.
    • Theme - a brief description of how your proposal relates to the conference theme. This information is for the Program Planning Group only & will NOT appear on the website.
    • Format - choose in priority order the formats you will use. No more than 3 please, with 1 being the primary format: didactic, demonstration, experiential, sharing of experience
    • Training Track - choose at most 3 in priority order, with 1 being the primary track: clinical, organizational, SAVI, research, theory & basics, education, general interest
    • Training Level - open to all levels, foundation, intermediate, intermediate/advanced, advanced
    • Application Form - if required
    • Presenter(s) Information – name, credentials, email, brief biography, CV
    • Learning Objectives – afternoon workshops & drop-in groups – 3 learning objectives; institutes & multi-day training groups - 6 learning objectives
    • Presentation Content - brief narrative describing how the content of your presentation is backed by broader psychological practice (e.g., is widely used, or other professionals cite it in their work), or established by research procedures (e.g., relevant research studies), or has peer-reviewed published support (e.g., chapters in books, or discussed in reviews of the field), or relates to ethical/statutory/regulatory policies for professional practice.
    • Supporting References - 3-5 references with at least 3 within 10 years of the conference year, published in a book or peer-reviewed journal, and with no more than one reference authored by the presenter(s). Articles from the SCT Newsletter do not meet the criteria. You can list additional references older than 10 years.
  • You will be asked to upload current CVs or resumes for all presenters, as well as any required applications, when you submit your proposal, so please have these to hand.
  • Please note that all fields are required, and you will only be able to submit your proposal when it is complete.
  • When you have completed the form, please click the “Save” button. Your proposal will be displayed in the list at the bottom of the page. If you are unable to submit a proposal, please contact Kathy Lum.

Note: You can begin a draft by entering basic information and return to completing it later (before the September 20 deadline). Only completed proposals will be reviewed. Please review the guidelines below before you start.