LINGUIST List 33.1073

Wed Mar 23 2022

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 21-Mar-2022
From: Peter Muntigl <>
Subject: International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy
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Full Title: International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy
Short Title: ICCAP

Date: 08-Sep-2022 - 10-Sep-2022
Location: Ghent University, Belgium
Contact Person: Peter Muntigl
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2022

Meeting Description:

The International Conference on Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy has been established as an international forum for building and developing research on psychotherapy from a conversation analytic perspective. In 2022, the focus of the conference will be the psychotherapy relationship.

The overarching theme of this conference pertains to the psychotherapeutic relationship. Interest in the relationship between therapist and client has been central from the earliest days of psychotherapy. There is much agreement that the therapeutic relationship bears a significant relation to treatment outcome; it can help make therapy effective and provide a healing context for change. Most of the research on the therapy relationship to date has used quantitative methods drawn from clients, therapists or observers’ appraisal (e.g., based on questionnaires or checklist type measures). Much less energy has been committed to the detailed examination of the specifics of in-therapy events and how that may develop our qualitative understanding of how a therapy relationship is achieved through therapists’ and clients’ talk and conduct.

Conversation Analysis (CA), which examines the moment-by-moment sequential organization of social interaction in everyday and institutional contexts, and related disciplines have provided many insights into our understanding of how important psychotherapeutic ‘business’ is accomplished. This includes the psychotherapy relationship, but also many other kinds of important phenomena grounded in talk & conduct such as the alliance, empathy, emotional displays, epistemics and change, just to name a few.

The conference brings together conversation analysts and researchers from related disciplines who study psychotherapy or other types of mental health care encounters, such as counselling or psychiatric consultations. We also aim to further the dialogue between CA, clinical psychotherapy research and clinical work.

Call for Papers:

The aim of this conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from an international community to discuss new findings, methodological innovations and practical applications in this growing area of applied CA work. We welcome submissions that align with the conference theme, but also papers that address any relevant aspects of interactional practices used in psychotherapeutic contexts. Submissions that address relevant neighbouring forms of institutional practice (e.g., psychiatric consultations; psychological assessment; support-oriented help lines, home support visits, coaching and counselling) are also welcome. We hope the conference will be of interest to people from a variety of academic backgrounds (including psychotherapy, counselling, psychiatry, social work, linguistics, psychology, and sociology) and to practitioners from a wide-range of institutional settings who employ therapeutic practices in their work. Information regarding the conference format (e.g., in person or online) will be provided later in the year.

1. Conference Paper
- Brief report on empirical work addressing some relevant aspect of psychotherapeutic interaction
2. Data Session
- Discussion of video- or audio recordings and transcripts of psychotherapeutic interactions and/or sequences
3. Workshop
- Interactive forum that addresses important connections between psychotherapy and interaction research

Download submission form here – the form will available as of Feb. 1.

Wednesday, April 30, 2022. All submissions must be sent to: Please only use the submission form when you submit your abstract. The programme committee will send notices of acceptance by June 1, 2022.

Professor Robert Elliott, University of Strathclyde/Glasgow
Professor Alexa Hepburn, Rutgers University/ New Jersey

We look forward to seeing you in Ghent in September!

Please direct any questions to:
Claudio Scarvaglieri or Peter Muntigl (

For further information please consult our conference website:

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