Presenter Guidelines

Presentation Type
Clinical Case Conferences (CCCs)
Allows clinicians to present difficult case material and includes discussions of diagnostic, clinical formulation, and/or treatment issues.
If using, must upload to website.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
2 hours
Clinical Consultation Breakfasts (CCBs)
Forum for experts to share clinical wisdom and discuss difficult cases with attendees. Ticket required, limited to 15 participants.
Not permitted.
Thurs., Oct. 22 – Sat., Oct. 24
7:00 am – 8:30 am
1.5 hours
Clinical Perspectives (CPs)
Similar to Symposia, Clinical Perspectives present a particular topic related to treatment, research method, service delivery, or clinical care, which is evidence-based, but also includes the "art" and clinical wisdom of the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.
If using, must upload to website.

Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
2.5 hours
Honors Presentations
Educational sessions focusing on the work of an AACAP award winner.
If using, must upload to website.
Wed., Oct. 21 – Sat., Oct. 24
20-50 Minutes
Focuses on "how to do it" with respect to clinical problems, academic areas, or a blending of the two. Institutes are designed for attendees who wish to be taught a comprehensive and authoritative overview of a topic area. Institutes are full day programs and require a ticket. Notebooks with all of the program materials are included.
Must upload to website in July.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
6-8 hours
Media Theatre
Features motion pictures, commercially released documentaries, videotapes, music, and other forms of media relevant to any area of child and adolescent psychiatry. These programs are two to three hours in length and open to all attendees.
Not Required.
If using, must upload to website.

Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
2-3 hours
Member Fora/Member Services Fora
An open discussion for AACAP members about a topic specific to AACAP membership or information on a practical service for AACAP members.
Recommended. If using, must upload to website.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
1-2.5 hours
New Research Posters
Authors present the results of data-rich research or clinical reports with opportunity for feedback from viewers.
Slides are not applicable. Upload poster to website.
Wed., Oct. 21 – Sat. Oct. 24
2 hours
Other Programs
An educational program that doesn't fit into the other categories listed.
Recommended. If using, must upload to website.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
1-3 hours
Special Interest Study Groups (SIGs)
Designed to allow participants the opportunity to discuss a specialized topic with experts in the field. Keeping this in mind, most attendees prefer any formal presentation balanced with adequate time for informal discussion. Hence, please ensure that you have adequate time for informal discussion. Hence, please ensure that you have adequate time (roughly half) for discussion. Free but ticket required, limited to 25 participants.
Not recommended. If using, must upload to website.
Fri., Oct. 23
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
1.5 hours
Data-driven programs that present perspectives on different aspects of a topic or differing views of the same topic. These programs are two and a half hours in length and open to all attendees.
Recommended. If using, must upload to website.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
2.5 hours
Designed to provide participants with tools for relaxation, personal enrichment, avoidance of burnout, and experiential learning opportunities in methods proven to be beneficial for patient wellbeing.  Some examples from past meetings include yoga, meditation, bike riding, running, therapeutic drawing, poetry writing, paper cutting, and music therapy.  Wellness activities are free and open to all meeting attendees as space permits.
Not recommended. If session involves materials, the presenter is responsible for bringing them. Presenter can claim up $75 for reimbursement of material cost. To access reimbursement form, click here.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
1-2 hours
Provides instruction on treatment, research method, delivery, or organization of services, and designed to encourage discussion in a small group. Ticket required, limited to 30 participants.
Recommended. If using, must upload to website. Up to $75 is provided for reimbursement to make copies of materials. To access reimbursement form, click here.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
3 hours
Extended Workshops
Provides additional time and opportunity to master evidence-based therapeutic interventions beyond what is possible in the standard 3-hour workshop. Active audience participation in hands-on, focused learning and skill practice is essential. Ticket required, limited to 40 participants.
Recommended. If using, must upload to website. Up to $100 is provided for reimbursement to make copies of materials. To access reimbursement form, click here.
Tues., Oct. 20 – Sat., Oct. 24
6-8 hours


If you need audiovisual equipment in your meeting room, you must submit a request to AACAP's Meetings Department through their online form. The link to your program's request form is provided in the acceptance email that the chair receives from AACAP. AACAP will pay for your audiovisual equipment, but we urge you to coordinate your efforts among your co-presenters and order only what is necessary. You will need to bring your own laptop if you wish to show your slides on an LCD projector. Be especially careful to bring all necessary cables/converters and a backup of your presentation in case your computer crashes. We recommend that the chair collect all presentation slides onto one laptop computer. There will be a speaker ready room at the hotel where you can rehearse. The online form should be completed by the chair no later than July 1, 2020.

Disclosure of Affiliations

  • Disclosure is required and considered to be an obligation of all attendees who present or speak at the Annual Meeting, be it from the podium or the floor. (Those asking questions or making short comments from the floor can fulfill this obligation by a purely verbal disclosure.)
  • The Program Committee and CME Committee monitor disclosures during the meeting.
  • Failure to disclose is construed to be an ethical violation that will result in disciplinary action by AACAP's Program Committee and CME Committee.
  • BEFORE beginning your presentation, you have a duty to disclose:
    • Any off-label medication uses recommended.
    • Any commercial, financial, or other affiliations.
  • Full disclosure is a requirement of AACAP and our accrediting institution, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
  • Disclosure must be made:
    • In writing and in advance to AACAP.
    • On the first content slide in a presentation, if slides are used.
    • Verbally at the beginning of each presentation.
  • Use of the Standard Disclosure Format is required.
    • Presenters are required to use AACAP's Standard Disclosure Slide as the format for disclosure for each presentation if the presentation includes slides; otherwise verbal disclosure is acceptable.
  • When in doubt, report.
    • When there are no affiliations, this should be indicated on a slide (if used) and verbally.
    • The reporting timeframe is a minimum of the past TWO years and imminent support. If external funds have an impact on that particular presentation, then any time frame is relevant. e.g., funding for a study which ended prior to two years ago but is now being reported must be disclosed.
    • When in doubt about reporting, request guidance from The Program Committee will respond promptly to questions about disclosure of affiliations.
  • If disclosures were not submitted to AACAP in the response to the Call for Papers, or if there has been a change to your disclosure, email appropriate information immediately to

Please announce at the beginning and end of your session that it is extremely important for attendees to fill out their evaluations. Without evaluations, AACAP cannot continue offering continuing medical education credits. We will compile attendee comments from your presentation and will email them to you after the Annual Meeting. Attendees can complete their evaluations on Pathways ( or on the AACAP App.

If you wish to bring printed handouts to the meeting, the Program Committee suggests that a one-page handout with your full contact information, including email address and disclosure(s) of affiliation, will satisfy most attendees. This decision is entirely up to you and your co-speakers. If you receive funding from an outside source to produce your handouts, you must disclose (please see Disclosure of Affiliations information above). Workshop chairs will receive up to $75/workshop for printing reimbursement and Extended Workshop chairs will receive up to $100/workshop for printing reimbursement. It is the responsibility of the chair to print the handouts and submit the reimbursement form to AACAP no later than November 2, 2020.

AACAP does not provide honoraria, travel reimbursement, or hotel reimbursement for speaking in this event. The only exception to this rule is for Institutes. Institute chairs will receive $1,500 (co-chairs will split this) and Institute presenters will receive $750.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
AACAP offers CME credit for most sessions at the Annual Meeting for attendees. For a list of sessions that do provide CME credit, visit

The CME Committee has established a mission for AACAP's CME activities, which includes enhancing the physician's ability to improve clinical treatment and remaining up-to-date in developments within the field of child and adolescent psychiatry. As a presenter, it is important that you are aware of the mission and align your presentation with its goals. Please review the CME Mission statement.

If you have any questions regarding CME, contact AACAP’s CME Department at

Arrive at least 15 minutes before your session begins. A volunteer monitor will be present to help you with lights, AV equipment, handouts, and reporting problems to AACAP. In addition, they will take attendance and distribute and collect evaluations.

Photography/Mobile Phones
Photographs may not be taken in any meeting. Members of the audience found taking pictures will be asked to leave the session. Cell phones must be silent or the participant will be asked to leave the session. Of course, presenters are expected to ignore cell phones for the duration of the presentation.

Presentation Guidelines

The Program Committee recommends engaging the audience in ways that enhances the didactic lecture. Not all of these might lend themselves to your presentation, but we provide some suggested techniques for active engagement of the audience:

  • Include quizzes (AACAP offers an audience response system with attendees’ using their cellphones)
  • Engage a panel of presenters in a surprise case discussion
  • Interview a learner
  • Play music or video clips
  • Link visuals with text
  • Utilize a team-based learning approach
  • Include stories and real-life cases
  • Consider having round tables and including moderated table discussions
  • Plan to present the program from the middle of the room
  • Engage the audience every 5 minutes
  • Include a debate
  • Encourage social media posts about lessons learned
  • Get the audience up and moving
  • Create a word cloud with the audience
  • Vary presenters frequently
  • Incorporate a competition in the audience.
  • Use a talk show format
  • Other: Be creative!

All presentations of data, research, or other information presented at AACAP's meetings are EMBARGOED until after the program is presented, unless the presenter and Chair of the Program Committee agree to an earlier release in writing.

Proceedings Abstracts
Proceedings abstracts for all Clinical Perspectives, Honors Presentations, Institutes, New Research Posters, Symposia, Extended Workshops, and Workshops will be published in a special online issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Abstracts will also be on the AACAP App. Abstracts will be available approximately two weeks before the Annual Meeting.

Information about your presentation will be published in a variety of places. Please inspect the online program schedule  and report errors in names, titles, and other information to AACAP's Meetings Department at Errors that are not reported by August 1, 2020, may be repeated in the Program Book and other materials.

All Chairs and Presenters must pay registration fees for AACAP's Annual Meeting, either by mail, fax, or online starting August 4, 2020, for members and August 11, 2020, for non-members.

Satellite Symposia
AACAP does not allow satellite symposia during our Annual Meeting. Satellite symposia are defined as extramural meetings in the same city and during the official program days and two days before or after AACAP's meeting. Please do not agree to participate in educational events that are not listed in the Registration Magazine or on AACAP's website as they are not approved by AACAP. Please contact AACAP if you are approached to participate in such an event. For more information, refer to our Operating Principles for Extramural Support of AACAP's Meetings and Related Activities.

Your presentation may be scheduled anytime from Monday, October 19 – Saturday, October 24. Chairs and presenters are responsible for checking for their presentation date and time. If for any reason you find that you will no longer be able to present at the Annual Meeting, please contact AACAP's Meetings Department at immediately.

Presenters will be able to upload their presentations and/or handouts to a central AACAP website that can be accessed by all registered attendees before, during, and after the Annual Meeting both online and via the AACAP App. Look for an email from AACAP in September with more details about how to upload your presentation. We strongly encourage you to upload presentations as it enhances attendee learning. Attendees' number one complaint last year was that speakers didn't upload their presentations.

Below are guidelines for your slide presentation:
Every year, attendee evaluations repeat the same complaints about slides.

  • Please avoid these hard-to-read elements on your slides:
    • Small fonts – use a minimum size of Times New Roman, 32-point.
    • Recycled old slides that seem to have no relevance to the presentation.
    • Hard to read scanned-in images or pages.
  • Order of slides:
    • 1st slide: Title of talk, your name, and affiliation (affiliation logo may appear on the title slide only).
    • 2nd slide: Disclosures of commercial interests as well as any off-label medication uses in your presentation. If you have no conflicts, state “No conflicts of interest with commercial interests.” See above for more information on AACAP’s disclosure policies. 
    • 3rd slide: 3-5 brief learning objectives of your presentation - put all in one slide.
    • Content slides: Body of presentation
    • Second-to-last slide: Clinical relevance of the information presented.
    • Last Slide: Summary slide. 
    • References: An optional slide listing all references used in your presentation.
  • When presenting about a medication, you must use the generic name.

Speak loudly, clearly, slowly, and into the podium microphone. Roughly 20% of AACAP Annual Meeting attendees are international and English may not be their first language; speaking slowly will greatly improve their comprehension of your presentation.

AACAP's Development Department seeks funding from outside sources for general support of the Annual Meeting. If you are aware of an outside funder who may be interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact All support of AACAP's Annual Meeting programs must be coordinated through AACAP's Development Department.

Travel and Hotel Reservations
All presenters are responsible for booking their own travel and hotel arrangements for the Annual Meeting. Please visit the Annual Meeting Hotel Information webpage for more information.