Call for Proposals: 2013 Education Session Information & Tips

Jan 01, 2012
The Call for Proposals for the 2013 Conference in Cincinnati, OH will open on April 2, 2012. All Proposals for the Learning Institutes must be submitted using the Online Submission Site.

Presenter Requirements:

  • The primary presenter must be an ACA member in good standing (excludes invited programs)
  • The primary presenter is the contact person and is responsible for notifying all other presenters of acceptance, rejection, scheduling and any other information provided by ACA
  • A presenter (primary or co-presenter) may be listed on no more than two ACA Education Sessions (excludes invited programs)
  • All presenters must register for conferenceby January 2, 2013

How many times is the same presentation offered?

Each Education Session is presented one time during the Conference.


  • Attendees have many programs to select from and often choose those that have well written descriptions
  • Attendees desire brief reviews of research that support the concepts presented
  • Prepare your proposal in a word document, and use the grammar/spell check before copying and pasting into the online form
  • ACA is actively seeking advanced programs that provide in-depth knowledge or skills beyond the introductory or basic level
  • Save and print a copy of your submission for your reference and records

Grounds for Disqualification:

  • Do not submit the same proposal under different formats (i.e. submission as a 60-Minute Program and the same as a 30-Minute Project/Research Poster Session)
  • Do not submit the same proposal as an Education Session and again as an Learning Institute

How will my proposal be reviewed?

  • Proposals are blind reviewed
  • A committee of professional counselors representing all divisions, organizational affiliates and regions will review proposals
  • Proposals will be rated using the below rubric and criteria

Scoring Rubric:

1 = Very Poor, 2 = Poor, 4 = Fair, 6 = Good, 8 = Very Good, 10 = Outstanding

Proposal Review Criteria

1.Proposal Preparation:

a) Writing style (grammar/spelling/punctuation/flow)

b) Followed proposal instructions

c) Organization and clarity

2. Relevance to the counseling profession

3. Program conceptualization including:

a) Appropriateness of rational

b) Clearly stated and appropriate learning outcomes

c) Well developed program format to assure accomplishment of program objectives

4. Consideration of cultural diversity and ethics

5. Actively engages audience

6. Innovative and cutting edge or proven and effective evidence-based practices

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