Call for Abstracts

We invite researchers, clinicians, policy makers, consumers of mental health services and their family members, from around the world to submit abstracts for the 2019 “It takes a village” conference on Families experiencing substance use, mental or physical health problems”, in Oslo, Norway, May 14-16, 2019.   In particular, we welcome young family members and consumers who would like to share their expertise with an international audience.

The conference explores the ways that we might strengthen and support families where a family member has a mental illness, a physical illness or substance use issue.  Conference themes include

  • The experiences and hopes of children, youth, parent, and family experiences including but not limited to
    • Grief
    • Stigma and shame
    • Exclusion and connectedness
    • Young carers
    • Families, parent, children and youth  capacities, capabilities, recovery journeys, and potentials
    • Methodologies to engage and elicit the voices of children, youth,  parents and family members
    • Methodologies to strengthen and support the resources and capabilities of  consumers and their families
  • Change agents at individual, service or population levels.
    • Who they are, what they do, and how they promote change including
      • Programs of peer support
      • Evidence based practices and interventions
      • Quality implementation framework

This is an opportunity to share your research, expertise, and best practices with international colleagues who are actively working in the field of family wellbeing. 

We welcome abstracts of a wide range of topics related to the field, where the mental health, substance use, or physical illness is related to the parent and/or the child. 

Abstracts will be peer reviewed. Acceptance will be based on content, relevance to the conference themes, available space, and overall program balance.

 All submissions must be made through the abstract submission form.

Work presented must be in compliance with local policies and ethical approval related to the use of humans in research.

Presentation opportunities

Single presentation:  20 minutes + 10 minute discussion.  These papers will be focused on conference themes and might include best practices, research topics, innovative services, systems change initiatives and narratives about family, mental health, substance use or physical illness.  The paper will be grouped with other papers by topic, and moderated by a chairperson, selected by one of the scientific committees. 

Symposia: 60 or 90 minutes including discussion time.  The symposium leader will submit an abstract, outlining the unifying symposium theme(s) followed by an abstract of each individual paper within the symposium.  The symposium is designed to take an organised approach to the selected topic that is relevant to family experiences, practice issues, systems of care, interventions or a specific health related topic.  The symposium leader moderates the discussion.  Maximum number of presenters: chairperson and 3 – 5 presenters. You need to select 60 or 90 minutes option in your proposal.

Skill building workshops: Three hours.  The abstract must provide a brief outline of the proposed workshop, which should focus on a particular issue or topic relevant to the conference themes.  The workshop must engage with workshop participants and target skill building. Learning outcomes need to be clearly defined.

Roundtable Discussions:  60 minutes.  These intimate, focused discussions target a specific topic, issue, or research topic.  The discussions are designed for a small audience where there is an opportunity for dialogue and debate.  At the round table, presenters give a very brief overview of the topic and then facilitate the discussion with the other panel members and the audience. 

Poster (either e-poster or traditional paper poster): E-posters need to be short (maximum of 6 information slides) and will be continuously played as part of a loop presentation at the conference.


Each submission must be written in English and follow the following guidelines:

Each listed author must provide:

  • Full name
  • If applicable, institution affiliations for each author
  • Biographical information  (50 words only)
  • Indicate whether an early career researcher (PhD received within the last five years)
  • Educational or other qualifications/expertise 
  • Disclosure of any conflicts of interest.  A brief disclosure and conflict of interest statement should be included in the submitted abstract.  Any potential for financial gain that may be derived from reported work may constitute a possible conflict of interest.


Abstracts are accepted on the following conditions:

Presenters must register and pay for the conference.  
The Committee reserves the right to accept or refuse any paper, symposium, workshop, roundtable discussion or poster. Their decisions on abstracts and awards will be final. The committee is not obligated to provide feedback to authors regarding final decisions.


The following award categories will be selected by members of the scientific committee. 

  • Top poster presentations
  • Early career researcher awards. If you are eligible (employed as a researcher five years or less) then please indicate this on the submission form. 

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