Call for Presentations


Inaugural Canadian Conference of Existential Analysis

May 8 - 9, 2020



It is a pleasure to invite you to the Inaugural Canadian Conference of Existential Analysis. The conference is organized by Existential Analysis Society of Canada and hosted by the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. The conference will take place in Langley, BC, Canada, from May 8-9, 2020.  

Existential Analysis ( is a phenomenological and person-oriented psychotherapy, with the aim of leading the person to (mentally and emotionally) free experiences, to facilitate authentic decisions and to bring about a truly responsible way of dealing with life and the world. The Existential Analysis Society of Canada is a non-profit, scientific association whose aim is to further develop and make known the existential-analytical anthropology and its application in psychotherapy, education, ministry, social work, industry, workplace and management. 

The theme for our inaugural conference is “Becoming a Community of Practice”.  The theme is intended to help all of us reflect together upon the development of Existential Analysis as a community of practice.  Although we have been offering training in Canada since 2006, Existential Analysis remains relatively new to the psychotherapeutic scene.  This can be considered both a challenge in that we are relatively unknown, but also an opportunity to shape our community in ways that support Existential Analysis practitioners and may influence the broader psychotherapeutic landscape.   

We invite submissions from practitioners and scholars within psychotherapy and from related fields in the social, human and health sciences (e.g., psychology, education, philosophy, coaching, psychiatry, etc.). We hope to receive submissions from within the Existential Analysis community, but also explicitly invite submissions from persons from other traditions who share common values (e.g., openness, person-centered focus, authenticity, congruence, etc.). Submissions may encompass, for example, empirical work, clinical cases and developments, treatment studies, applications of Existential Analysis to specific areas of practice or populations, development or extension of methods in Existential Analysis and Logotherapy, or theoretical/philosophical presentations. An emphasis on practical applications of Existential Analysis is particularly encouraged, and all presenters are encouraged to relate their submissions to the conference theme.

Presentation Formats

The following presentation formats are envisioned for the conference:

  • Individual papers/group symposia – individual presentations of 30 minutes or combined symposium presentations around a common theme (e.g., 2-4 presentations). 

  • Workshops – practice-oriented presentation/training pertaining to applications of Existential Analysis around a given theme/population will range in length from 60 to 90 minutes.

  • Dialogue/Discussion sessions – these sessions provide participants with an opportunity for dialogue around a certain theme, idea or area of practice.

  • Self-experience sessions – group sessions, 60 minutes in length, that facilitate group self-experience around a given theme/idea/practice.

 The Program Committee will review all submissions and may group individual submissions into symposia around a common theme.  On occasion, presenters may be asked to consider an alternative presentation format to accommodate limited presentation slots. 

 Submission Requirements for Presentations
All submissions should be in English and should include both a cover sheet and a presentation abstract. The abstract should not exceed 300 words.  Symposia submissions should include both individual presentation abstracts and a summative symposium abstract.

The cover sheet should include:

  • Name of applicant(s) and affiliation(s)

  • Contact information for the corresponding author

  • A brief biographical entry of approximately 50 words for each author

  • Title of the presentation

  • Special equipment needs for the presentation (a data projector and laptop computer with Microsoft PowerPoint will be available for all presentations)

 Submission Deadline

All proposals should be submitted via the form below or by sending an email to The deadline for submission is December 31, 2019.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

The EA Conference Program Committee