Student Poster Presentation

Due Date

  • 9/15/2016 - 2/10/2017

2017 Colorado Mental Health Professionals Conference Call for Student Poster Presentation Proposals Guide


  1. Timeline

    Proposals Accepted: October 1st - February 10th, 2017

    Proposals Reviewed: February 11th - February 28th, 2017

    Presenters Invited: February 28th, 2017

    Presenter Invitation RSVP Deadline: March, 2017

  2. Your Submission

  3. The topic of your proposal should interest you, have a sufficient body of research, and benefit the general mental health community in Colorado. You will be required to list a faculty advisor to assist you in the proposal process and, upon acceptance, in preparing a poster. Please note, the deadline for proposal submission is February 10th, 2017.

You are required to have a faculty advisor to support this process however they are not required to be present at time of the poster presentation program. Please secure this prior to submitting your proposal.


  1. Submission Process

    You will be asked to provide the following information on your poster presentation in the proposal submission process:

    1. Presentation Title

      • Your title should be engaging and informative. A good presentation title summarizes the presentation well, and gives conference attendees an idea of what to expect from your presentation. This is one factor that will impact conference attendees coming to view your poster, and speak with you about your topic. Your presentation title will be limited to .

    2. Presentation Summary

      • You will be required to summarize your presentation in 500 or fewer characters. An effective presentation summary discusses the major points of the poster in academic vernacular. Conference attendees will often decide which posters to view by reading the presentation summary.

    3. Rationale

      • Why is this topic relevant to mental health professionals attending the conference? In other words, why should this proposal be chosen, and why is the topic important for others to learn about? You will have to explain your rationale within 500 characters.

    4. Learning Objectives

      • Learning objectives are brief statements that describe what information you wish the conference attendees to learn after visiting your presentation, and/or speaking with you. These objectives should be supported by the development of your poster and handouts. It is appropriate for learning objectives to use Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs. Three to five learning objectives are sufficient.


  2. Proposal Evaluation Criteria

  • Is your proposal written in a clear, professional manner while using academic language?

  • Is your proposal rationale strong and persuasive?

  • Do your proposal learning objectives demonstrate clear expectations for what attendees are supposed to learn?

  • Would your topic be of interest to and attract other mental health professionals?

  • Will your poster actively engage those attending?

  • Will your poster present sound and useful information?


  1. Suggested Areas of Emphasis For Your Poster

  • Addictions Counseling

  • Assessment, Testing, and Program Evaluation

  • Career Development and Employment Counseling

  • Child and Adolescent Counseling

  • Clinical Mental Health

  • College Counseling

  • Counseling Theory

  • Counselor Education

  • Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling

  • Creativity in Counseling

  • Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Ethics and Legal Issues

  • Evidence-Based Practices

  • Gerontological Counseling

  • Graduate Student Issues

  • Group Work

  • Human Rights

  • Individual Trauma and Disaster Mental Health

  • LGBTQ Issues

  • Military Issues

  • Multicultural and International Issues

  • Offense Specific Treatment

  • Private Practice

  • Professional Issues

  • Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Issues

  • Conducted Research

  • Sexuality

  • Social Justice

  • Spirituality and Religion

  • Suicide Prevention

  • Supervision

  • Technology and Social Media in Counseling

  • Wellness