Submission Information for 2014 Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference

We are pleased you are considering submitting to present your work at our upcoming conference. Below you will find all the information you might need to make your submission and the guidelines for each time of submission. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness,, at 858-334-4631.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MIDNIGHT, September 15, 2014 and decisions will be announced by October 15, 2014.
These are 1.5 hour or 3-hour sessions on topics of relevance to the purpose of the conference. We would like most sessions to include significant experiential components and interaction among participants, and these are requirements for 3-hour sessions. Our goal is to share the wisdom in the room and build relationships among participants that will help build the field. We encourage creativity and innovation in presentation styles and formats. Abstract submission should describe the content and format of the presentation, names of presenters and any other relevant information. (Presentations intended largely to describe a single program or curriculum are discouraged unless the content is highly compelling for other reasons.)

Two chaired research symposia will be offered during the conference, and submissions under this heading will be considered part of those symposia. Individual presentations will be approximately 30 minutes including time for individual questions-and-answers, and will be followed by a 10-15 minute wrap-up by the discussant. Submission abstracts should include (1) the aims/objectives of the study, (2) a brief description of the participants, (3) the study design and methodology, (4) the mindfulness component of interest or mindfulness intervention used, (5) primary results, and (6) a brief conclusion. You are encouraged to provide quantitative/mixed methods results and statistical analyses whenever possible. Maximum 500 words. Submitters whose presentations are not accepted may be encouraged to submit a poster instead.

A poster session awill be held on Friday, February 27 and posters will also be displayed all day on February 28 (presenter attendance is not required on the 28th). A summary abstract is all that needs to be submitted at this time.

A limited number of 3 hour workshops on specific topics and programs of interest will be offered. These workshops should be practical, skills-based presentations that equip attendees to deliver specific programs or teach certain skills, or contribute to the professional development of those already doing mindfulness work with youth. Submissions should include a thorough description of the intention and content of the workshop and some indication of the specific skills and abilities that will be taught, as well as the format of the workshop and the names of all proposed presenters. If you would like your submission to be considered as an all-day pre-conference workshop, please indicate this in your submission. (Workshops on specific programs or curricula in which the presenter may have a financial interest will be considered, but may be offered without continuing education credits.)

We value your potential contribution to the conference and its overall success, and wish to fairly compensate presenters for that contribution. In consideration of these significant contributions, research, breakout and workshop presenters will receive FREE conference registration. Poster presenters will receive the student rate (regardless of student status). In addition to this, we offer the following additional compensation and consideration:

Breakout Session Presentions will receive a $250 (for 1.5 hours) or $500 (for 3 hours) honorarium.
Research Session Presenters will each receive a $200 honorarium.
Workshop Presentations will receive a $750 honorarium and one night hotel stay for one presenter.