Call for Presentations

Presentation Proposal Submission Instructions


The submission deadlines for presentations, Hot-Off-The-Press and Poster sessions is now over.

Presentation Proposal Submission Instructions below are only for those presenters who have been asked by the conference committee to update their information.

Submissions: High quality proposals are invited addressing the following topics: Research and Theory; Arts and Humanities; Education; Religion, Spirituality and Philosophy; Clinical Approaches; Dreamwork Practices; Extraordinary, PSI and Lucid Dreams; Dreams and Health; Mental Imagery; Culture and History; or the Golden Gateway to Dreams Conference Theme.

Submission Categories include: Paper Presentations; Symposia; Panels; Workshops; Special Events; Morning Dream Groups; and Research based Hot-off-the-Press presentations and Poster Papers. IASD encourages presenters of all backgrounds to apply.

All submissions must be made online.

IASD encourages all potential presenters to develop content that respects issues of diversity and disability, as well as diverse points of view, in their submissions and presentations. IASD does not discriminate in approving instructors and presenters with respect to race, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, income, or various forms of disability. Conference sites are chosen, in part, based on their stated compliance with ADA standards and ability to provide accessibility.

Read Carefully BEFORE Preparing the Submission Form

Note: Submit one form for each proposal. If you plan to submit more than one proposal, you must submit one complete form ONLINE for each. Panel or symposia chairs must coordinate all presenter materials and submit on one form. Do not have co-presenters send separate documents – this may be cause for rejection. All submissions must be via the online form – any other form of submission will not be accepted.

Proceed as Follows:

STEP #1PRINT OUT THESE INSTRUCTIONS – They contain important content and format information you will need to prepare your submission properly.


FORM A – Multi-Presentation Session: Organized Symposium, Organized Panel, Organized multi-presentation Special Event.
FORM B – Single Presentation: Paper presentation, Talk, Lecture, Workshop, Special Event. Note: This may include a presenter or co-presenter(s), as long as they are engaged in the same presentation/workshop/event.
FORM C – Hot-off-the-Press or Poster: Single research based presentation by single or multiple presenter(s) or co-authors.

Hot-off-the-Press presentations are verbally presented theory or research briefs, 15 minutes in length (10 minute presentation with 5 minutes for Q&A).

A Poster presentation is the presentation of research information by an individual or representatives of research teams with an academic or professional focus. Disciplines of interest include, but are not limited to, the neuroscience of dreaming, psychological studies of dreaming and quantitative and qualitative dream research in such fields as anthropology and cultural studies. The presenter should be available for discussion during the entire session, normally two to two and a half hours.

STEP #3 – COMPILE THE REQUESTED INFORMATION Because this will be an online submission which must be completed in its entirety and cannot be recalled for editing, we suggest you review the form in order to collect the information you will need and to prepare the main parts of your submission off-line so that you can copy or cut/paste it into the online form. Future editing or changes can be done but may require that the form be resubmitted in its entirety.

Note that if you are proposing a multi-presentation session, YOU as submitter must organize all of the materials for the various presentations (names, bios, summaries, abstracts, etc.) into a single submission form. So contact your other presenters, gather their materials in accordance with the requirements of the form, and determine the order of presentation.

STEP #4 – PREPARE THE MAIN TEXT OF YOUR SUBMISSION OFF-LINE using a word processor such as MS Word or a text editor so you can cut and paste the information into the online form:
- Presenter(‘s) name listing in order of presentation as they are to appear in the program
- Submitter and Presenter(‘s) contact information
- Session and presentation summaries (50 words)
- Session and presentation requests (Track, CE, AV, Space, Language, Booklists, etc.)
- Brief presenter(‘s) biographies (50 words)
- Abstract(s) (500 words; please follow format instructions below)
- Learning objectives and evaluation questions (150 words; please follow format instructions below)

STEP #5 – PREPARE YOUR ONE-PAGE “SUMMARY” VITAE OR RÉSUMÉ AND SAVE IT AS A SEPARATE FILE on your computer before filling out the online form. If you are proposing a multi-presentation session or single session with co-presenters, compile all of the presenter’s SUMMARY Vita’s/Résumé’s into a single file document. NOTE: The preferred format is MS Word (.doc), although we can accept text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), or MS Works (.wps) files. Please do not send Adobe (pdf.), Apple Pages, or photo copies (.png, .jpg, etc.)


online submission button

a) At the beginning of the online form, select Multi-Presentation, Single Presentation, or HOTP/Poster;
b) Complete all applicable fields; those identified with an asterisk (*) are mandatory;
c) Cut and paste the summaries, bios and other information prepared off-line into this form;
d) Browse and attach the Vitae/Resume using the button at the end of the form.
e) Carefully review your completed form before clicking the “SUBMIT” button on the bottom of the form.*

*Note: Once you have submitted, you will not be able to retrieve the form for online editing. If you later decide to make a change to your submission, you will have to resubmit the proposal in its entirety unless changes are minor enough to be added manually (contact to request a minor correction).

STEP #7 REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE. All presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate fees. Once you submit your presentation, please go to the conference main page – – and click on the registration link. All presenters must register by 15 March 2014 to remain on the program, after which time we must close the program and offer any open slots to those on the waiting list. All registrations for presenters who have been accepted at this point are final and non-refundable. We encourage you to register earlier for your lodging however to ensure room availability at the conference site. If you do register earlier, and your submission is subsequently NOT accepted, you will be given a full refund if you notify us before 15 March 2014 that you are no longer able to attend. Please be aware that scheduling is extremely tight and we must remain fair to all submitters, including those whom we were unable to fit into the program – we appreciate your courtesy to them and to us in maintaining your commitment.


There is a 500 WORD LIMIT on all abstracts, so do a word count on your document before cutting and pasting it into the online field. Enter only ONE ABSTRACT PER PRESENTATION. Co-presenters of a shared “Single” presentation and co-authors should NOT enter additional abstracts. IASD reserves the right to edit abstracts in order to adhere to this format or to improve grammatical accuracy and readability.

(1) Title of presentation, workshop, or special session
(2) Republishing of abstract – IASD reserves the right to edit and reproduce abstracts on the IASD website or other publications, including the International Journal of Dream Research (IJOD), unless you state clearly, “(Not to be published)” after the title of the abstract or if you wish to exclude only IJOD then state “(Not to be published in IJOD)” after the title. Note that in the event you are planning to publish your work in future journals, we advise you that the abstract from this conference should not contain a level of detail or final data that might conflict with your plans to publish elsewhere, because some journals are restrictive.
(3) Presenter(s) and co-author listing (with affiliations, credentials – PhD, etc.) with primary presenter listed first.
(4) A detailed description of the presentation as it is to appear on the conference website. Please do not include charts and graphs. Also note the **Necessary Abstract Information for Workshops and Morning Dream Groups (below) required for workshops and morning dream groups.
(5) Audience (for those requesting CE qualification): at the end of the abstract, add a sentence that indicates the following:
(a) The target level of the audience: Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, For All.
(b) The aim of your presentation as it applies to this audience (adapt one or more of the following four phrases to describe the aim): Increasing personal self-awareness and emotional growth of attendees; Increasing attendees’ knowledge about dream research and theories; Training licensed mental health and professionals and graduate students about using dreams in clinical practice; or Increasing spiritual or psychic awareness.

**Necessary Abstract Information for Workshops and Morning Dream Groups

Abstracts for Workshops and Morning Dream Group proposals must contain the following additional information:

1) Specific Methods or Techniques to be utilized during the workshop or group meeting, such as Ullman’s dream group approach or Gestalt Therapy dialogues. Note whether any dream interpretation will be performed and who is determined to be the “ultimate authority” on the meaning of that interpretation (it is important to review IASD Ethics statement in this area);
2) Activities in which attendees will be encouraged to participate, such as using expressive arts techniques like mandala drawing or dance, role play or acting out the dream, breaking into dyads for discussion, group discussions, etc.;
3) The approximate % of the workshop planned for didactic introduction/lecture versus experiential work with/by the participants. Note that workshops are intended to be experiential but will typically contain didactic portions to introduce the underlying theory, methods and illustrations. The didactic portion should not exceed 30% of the total workshop time. A lengthy lecture with short periods of interaction is not considered a workshop so if your session is structured in this manner please indicate as much, so that we can consider what other options might be available for its inclusion in the program.


Each PRESENTATION submission – not just those for CE – must include learning objectives and evaluation questions. Artistic Special Events or presentations of a purely entertainment nature are the only exceptions (place N/A in the field). On the submission form it is required that you complete THREE (3) Learning Objectives and THREE (3) Evaluation Questions for each presentation in your submission. Any submission with fewer than three will be declined. It is crucial that you follow the guidelines for writing learning objectives and evaluation questions described below. There is a limit of 25 words for each learning objective or evaluation question or 150 total for the six items.
Note: IASD reserves the right to edit the learning objectives and evaluation questions to comply with APA requirements.
Learning Objective Format

The three (3) learning objectives are to be observable and measurable learning outcomes that clearly describe what the learner will know or be able to do as a result of having attended your presentation. The learning objectives MUST: a) match the content of your proposal as described in your title, summary, and abstract, and b) use active verbs that indicate what will be taught, demonstrated, or experienced.

USE ONLY THESE VERBS WHEN WRITING LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Identify, summarize, list, describe, differentiate, discuss, compute, predict, explain, demonstrate, utilize, analyze, design, select, create, plan, assess, compare, critique, write, apply, demonstrate, prepare, use, compile, revise.

AVOID THESE VERBS: know, understand, learn, appreciate, become aware of, or become familiar with.
Here are some examples of well-written learning objectives using active verbs:
Participants who attend this presentation will be able to:
1. List three attributes of posttraumatic nightmares.
2. Compare and contrast the characteristics of night terrors versus nightmares.
3. Describe three clinical techniques to use with trauma survivors suffering from disturbing nightmares.

Evaluation Question Format

The three (3) evaluation questions are to be questions which participants should be able to answer after attending your presentation. These three questions should be based on the three learning objectives and must be consistent with the content of your proposal as described in your title, summary, and abstract, so that attendees can demonstrate their knowledge of the stated learning objectives. It is logical to create one evaluation question based on each learning objective. Make sure to cover the information in your presentation linked to the learning objectives and evaluation questions. PLEASE NOTE: The evaluation questions should be simple and require very short answers. Remember this is not a semester course but a 30 or 60 minute presentation. It is better to ask “Name one universal dream theme” as opposed to “name and describe five universal dream themes.”

Here are examples of well-written evaluation questions that are keyed to the learning objectives stated in the example above:
1. Name one key attribute of posttraumatic nightmares.
2. List one characteristic that differentiates night terrors from nightmares.
3. Briefly describe one technique that has been shown to be effective with trauma survivors suffering from disturbing nightmares.


All submitters will be required on the submission form to positively indicate that they have read and will adhere to the following Ethics statement and principles. If you are planning a multi-presentation session then your indication of ethics adherence implies that all presenters in your session have read and agreed so it is your duty to send this statement to all in your group and gain compliance. Any submission which does not adhere will not be accepted.

In keeping with these broad principles, the Association considers it unethical, at its own conferences and programs, for members to use direct solicitation or persuasion for economic or self-aggrandizement. While personal works may be included in your biographical sketch and referenced during the talk when appropriate to support the discussion, openly advertising and selling of books or services during presentations is inappropriate and prohibited.

Presenters are expected to be honest and accurate in the communication of their own credentials and competencies. All proposals should reflect educational, ethical, non-intrusive goals and methods, and presenters should not practice therapy nor make impractical claims. For example, workshops conducted in a manner that implies that the leader is the ultimate authority on the meaning of the dream, rather than the dreamer, are unacceptable.

IASD Dreamwork Ethics Statement:

“IASD celebrates the many benefits of dreamwork, yet recognizes that there are potential risks. IASD supports an approach to dreamwork and dream sharing that respects the dreamer’s dignity and integrity, and which recognizes the dreamer as the decision-maker regarding the significance of the dream. Systems of dreamwork that assign authority or knowledge of the dream’s meanings to someone other than the dreamer can be misleading, incorrect, and harmful. Ethical dreamwork helps the dreamer work with his/her own dream images, feelings, and associations, and guides the dreamer to more fully experience, appreciate, and understand the dream. Every dream may have multiple meanings, and different techniques may be reasonably employed to touch these multiple layers of significance. A dreamer’s decision to share or discontinue sharing a dream should always be respected and honored. The dreamer should be forewarned that unexpected issues or emotions may arise in the course of the dreamwork. Information and mutual agreement about the degree of privacy and confidentiality are essential ingredients in creating a safe atmosphere for dream sharing. Dreamwork outside a clinical setting is not a substitute for psychotherapy, or other professional treatment, and should not be used as such. IASD recognizes and respects that there are many valid and time-honored dreamwork traditions. We invite and welcome the participation of dreamers from all cultures. There are social, cultural, and transpersonal aspects to dream experience. In this statement we do not mean to imply that the only valid approach to dreamwork focuses on the dreamer’s personal life. Our purpose is to honor and respect the person of the dreamer as well as the dream itself, regardless of how the relationship between the two may be understood.

Prepared by the IASD Ethics Committee
Carol Warner, Chair
Association for the Study of Dreams
Spring, 1997