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Session Length: 2 hours
Number of Presenters: 3-5


A Clinical Case Conference session should present 1-3 specific cases and include in-depth discussion of the initial assessment(s) and the treatment course(s) that followed. This session type allows clinicians to present difficult case material and/or new diagnostic or treatment approaches.


A Clinical Case Conference should meet the following guidelines in order to be considered by the Program Committee for the 2024 Annual Meeting program:

  • Include 2-3 presenters to present case material.
  • Include 1-2 expert discussants to facilitate robust audience discussion after the material is presented.
  • Cases should be presented from multiple perspectives, but are not limited to diagnostic, clinical formulation, and/or treatment issues.
  • All information presented about these cases should be de-identified, or written consent should be obtained from the family.
  • The Review Abstract should describe ample opportunities for audience questions, comments, and discussion.

Variations on this preferred format can be proposed and will be considered by the Program Committee on a case-by-case basis in view of potential educational value.


A Clinical Case Conference will be in a room with theatre style seating. A podium and head table will be provided for presenters. If accepted, AACAP will provide a screen and a projector for this session type. Microphones are provided based on room size. Additional AV requests will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.


Each submission for a Clinical Case Conference should include the following items:

  • Submission title
  • Chair(s) affiliation and email address(es)
  • At least two (2) educational learning objectives
  • Review Abstract (see details below)*
  • Names, organizations, contact information, email addresses, and disclosures for all co-presenters

* Submitters should organize the Review Abstract for the entire Clinical Case Conference presentation under the following headings:

  • Objective (what is the clinical syndrome, condition or context being discussed OR what is the specific therapeutic technique that is illustrated)
  • Background (some information about the topic presented in the Objective)
  • Methods (give at least a one paragraph description of each case that will be presented and the manner of presentation)
  • Conclusions (what aspect will each of the presenters or discussants address)
  • Bibliography (provide at least 1 and no more than 5 references supporting this work)

NOTE: Clinical Case Conferences do not require a Proceedings Abstract.


AACAP has a strong commitment to promoting mental health equity and combating health disparities. We support cultural competency efforts that enable practitioners to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Each presentation MUST include relevant information on differences in prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment pertaining to diverse racial and ethnic populations and/or consider other ways of infusing diversity, equity and inclusion principles into the proposal in other ways. This may include selecting diverse presenters, including participants with lived experience, using the backdrop of Seattle to the benefit of the program, or many other ways that reflect AACAP’s values. If information is not available or if the presenters’ research does not include this information, speakers should address limitations of current research data in addressing needs of minoritized groups.


Your proposed presentation could include a live or video interview with a patient, family member, or others affected by a particular disorder or condition. This approach can prove to be a particularly effective form of clinical teaching. If your proposal includes such an interview, permission must be granted by the individual(s) as well as presenters.

The Program Committee has limited funding to support travel by patients and/or families who agree to participate in such sessions. If a live interview is proposed as part of a Clinical Case Conference, the program chair may request a stipend for patient/family travel support. However, program acceptance does not guarantee that travel support will be awarded. Travel awardees will be notified over the summer.


AACAP will accept approximately fifteen (15) Clinical Case Conference sessions this year. All Clinical Case Conferences must submit a complete proposal each year to be considered for the scientific program at the Annual Meeting. To submit a Clinical Case Conference session for consideration, select “Begin a submission” at the top or bottom right-hand side of this page.

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