Abstracts are invited under the following categories:

  • Adolescent Parenting
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Antenatal and Perinatal Practices
  • Assessment for Family Law Issues, including Child Abuse and Custody
  • Assessment: Diagnostic & Clinical Issues
  • Attachment Studies and Clinical Disorders
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Caregiving Contexts
  • Cross Cultural Studies
  • Emotion Regulation and Disorders of Temperament
  • Evaluating Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
  • Father Infant Interaction
  • Infant Depression and Early Psychopathology
  • Infant Mental Health Services and Training
  • Mother-Infant Interaction
  • Parenting and Family Process
  • Prematurity and High Risk Infants
  • Preventive-Intervention and Community Context
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Authors wishing to submit an abstract are requested to submit a 300 word paper (excluding title) in English Language.

The primary presenting author is required to be registered for the conference. The details submitted within the abstract submission system for the primary author will automatically appear in the programme and abstract book produced. Please note that if the primary author does not register the abstract will be withdrawn.

Authors will be able to create the abstract online and may return to the site as necessary to edit the text of the abstract until the final submission of October 20th, 2013 (GMT). Please note: no changes will be possible after this date.

The primary presenter will receive automatic acknowledgement of receipt of abstract via e-mail.

  • The overall limit for abstracts will be 300 words. Introduction (50 words) Methods (100 words) Results (100 words) Conclusion (50 words). The title will not be included in the word count
  • Abstracts are peer reviewed in a blind evaluation process
  • Accepted abstracts will be published online as a supplement to the Infant Mental Health Journal
  • Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by at least one of the author(s), if accepted, to present, register, and pay the Congress registration fee
  • Abstract acceptance will be communicated to the primary presenter via email by 15th January 2014

Specific Guidelines for Submission of Symposium and Poster Workshop

For submission of symposium and poster workshop we expect the chairperson or the person organizing a symposium to structure the content and submit a joint abstract of the symposium as the primary presenter. In the abstract we need to have a clear description of the contents of the symposium. The information of all presenters needs to be saved in the space reserved for author information. The joint abstract of a symposium can be submitted at the same time as the abstracts of the single presentations.

Once you have submitted your abstract you are able to return and edit the abstract up until the submission deadline.

To download the specific instructions on how to submit a symposium or poster workshop.

Presentation Categories

Clinical Teach-in
The goal of a teach-in is to review experience and knowledge about clinical experience/cases. Teach-ins are scheduled for 90 minutes.

Poster presentations are best suited to reporting of results from a single empirical investigation or presentations of a clinical, educational, training, evaluation, or intervention program. Posters are displayed for half a day. The author(s) must be present at the poster at a scheduled two-hour period in order to discuss the poster with participants.

Poster Workshop
Poster Workshops consist of regular posters that are organized around specific themes. Poster workshops cannot contain more than eight posters. Poster workshops are assembled in one of two ways:

  1. A group of investigations from diverse laboratories/ clinics/countries can propose a thematic poster workshop. All primary authors should submit their own abstract and indicate the title of the poster workshop.
  2. The Program Committee may assemble a group of abstracts that share a common theme and assign them to a separate poster workshop. In this case, the moderator for the poster workshop session will be selected by the Program Committee.

Poster workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes.

Workshops are designed to exchange information about a particular body of knowledge, clinical treatment, teaching technique, assessment or research instrument, or methodology. A workshop should include a small number of presenters (generally no more than two) and the emphasis should be on disseminating specific knowledge. Because workshops are tutorial in nature, active discussion between audience and presenters should take place throughout the session. Workshops are scheduled for 90 minutes.

A symposium must include three or four presentations on a related topic (clinical issue, research finding, policy issue). Symposia with more than four speakers will not be accepted. Symposia that feature active panel debate about a topic, or present various perspectives about a topic, are preferred to those in which speakers all report from the same perspective. It is important to recognize the interdisciplinary and international nature of WAIMH when organizing a symposium. Preference will also be given to symposia that report longitudinal outcomes of 0-3 clinical and scientific studies. Symposia are scheduled for 90 minutes, 30 of which should involve active discussion with the audience.

Video Presentation
Video presentations are used to demonstrate or teach about new clinical or research evaluation tools and methods. These presentations run once during the time of parallel sessions, and are restricted to 45 minutes. Presenters must be available at the scheduled time. The video format to be used is *.wmv. Special video formats have to be approved well in advance of the congress.

Special note
The Programme Committee will use the reviewer scoring to structure, if necessary, also 45 min Clinical Teach-ins, Workshops and Symposia.