2023 SPA Convention

March 29 - April 2 | Austin, TX 

Book A Room | Call for Workshops & Programs Schedule-at-a-Glance

Skyline of Austin, TXThe Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) is THE place where personality researchers and practitioners alike come together to stay at the forefront of what is possible in terms of evidence-based and treatment useful assessment developments. Providing a range of CE workshops and scientific and clinical talks, the SPA Convention is of interest to people who are just learning about assessment, to those who would like to brush up or learn about the newest finding techniques, to skilled experts interested in staying at the cutting edge.

At this moment, we are planning on having a virtual component which will include all the Featured Lectures along with other select concurrent sessions. However, workshops happening before and after the convention will NOT available for virtual viewing. 

Registration Opens in November!


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Austin Marriot Downtown 

304 East Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX 78701, UNITED STATES
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Call for Workshops & Programs

SPA is seeking proposals offerings featuring fresh perspectives on the field of personality assessment, as well as connections to overall psychological assessment, to be held at the 2023 SPA Convention and Workshops in Austin, from March 29 - April 02, 2023. Our new system has a few requested features, including the ability for you to edit your proposal before the submission deadline, as well as the ability to search for your other co-presenters.

Please note, even though both calls are opening at the same time and will be using the same link to submit, deadlines are different.

 Call for Workshops Deadline DEADLINE PASSED
 Call for Program Proposals Deadline  October 10, 2022


Submit Your Proposal Here

If you have any questions or need help submitting a program, please reach out to us at info@personality.org.

SPA offers different opportunities for community generated content:

  • Workshops (either 4 hour or 8 hour extended learning opportunities where attendees can dive into a specific content area or program),
  • Webinars (virtual content occurring outside of the Annual Convention) or programs connected to the annual convention (both live and pre-recorded in a variety of formats).
  • Convention Programming 
    • Symposia 
    • Case Discussion 
    • Roundtable Discussion 
    • Individual Paper 
    • Individual Poster 
    • Flash Talk 

Continue reading to learn about these opportunities and make sure to submit your ideas before the stated deadlines.

Symposia are a group of professional talks on theory, research, or practice. These sessions entail the presentation of a series of papers in which presenters make an effort to integrate the content of the papers with one another. Integration can be achieved in a number of ways (for example, presenters may comment on one another’s papers, or a discussant may provide a commentary integrating the material in the papers). Presenters may range from students to seasoned professionals. Symposia require joint submission of papers, typically by the session organizer, who chairs the session. Generally, papers are allowed 15 minutes for presentation and questions, but the session organizer may prepare a program with fewer, but longer, presentations at their discretion. Session time slots may be 1.5 or 2 hours.

Case discussions offer the opportunity to share specific details with attendees around uses and experiences with assessment, whether it is in individual, couple, family, group, or organizational contexts. Although we are interested in learning about the case context, method, and description, we encourage case discussions to include substantive clinical or theoretical contributions to the literature. Session time slots may be 1.5 or 2 hours.

Roundtables are an opportunity for attendees to gather around a specific topic or issue. They are traditionally a forum for debate, often including discussion of diverse opinions or intellectual positions. We encourage the traditional roundtable format for emerging topics and controversies. At the same time, we also would like to use this format to offer opportunities for attendees to evolve professionally and occupationally. Session time slots may be 1.5 or 2 hours. Topics welcomed include for example:

  • Emerging or Controversial Topics in Personality Assessment
  • Bringing Science and Clinical Practice Together
  • Building Strategies to Advance Public Knowledge of the Utility of Personality Assessment
  • Career Strategy
  • Organization and Financial Considerations for a Private Practice
  • Preventing Burn Out and Career-Family Balance 
  • Advice to Progess into Leadership Positions
  • Trainings or Diplomate Degrees
  • Advice to Progress into Leadership Positions
  • Advertisung or the Use of Media to Enhance Private Practice
  • How to Access Open-Source Data for Research
  • How to Obtain Government Contracts or Grants

If you have a compelling individual paper topic focusing either on research or clinical material but do not or cannot submit it as a symposia, please submit it as an individual paper. If accepted, the Convention Program Chair will group individual papers into a topic area and assign a session title. Presenters may range from students to seasoned professionals. Papers are allowed 15 minutes for presentation and questions.

Poster presenters will prepare a visual depiction of a research study, case analysis, or other type of material relevant to personality assessment, typically including descriptive text along with tables and/or figures. Poster sessions may be for a completed study or proposed study, so no need to have your research complete to present. Poster are either presented on Thursday evening or Saturday evening. 

Presenters are given the opportunity to give a live 3-minute overview of their completed project or proposal (using PowerPoint or similar) to all attendees. It is expected that these presentations will also have a poster featured during one of the two poster session time blocks on Thursday or Saturday. 

The Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.