Two of the congress objectives are, on one hand, to give participants a clear idea about how IPARTheory concepts and research can be useful for professionals, in their daily practice and, on the other hand, to provide a meeting point for researchers from around the world to meet and exchange ideas for future research and discuss potential partnerships for future research and intervention projects.

To achieve these objectives, the congress includes, besides the traditional poster and paper presentation sessions, a first day with 4 WORKSHOPS focused on applied research, with experienced practitioners, where participants can learn more about how they can use IPARTheory on their work. Any participant that wants to attend the workshops must register, sending an email to


Due to space and time constraints, the number of participants in each workshop is limited to 30 participants.

Also, the congress will have a specific time in the congress schedule for a NETWORKING MEETING, where participants can register to make a 3 minutes pitch of their ideas, proposals, projects, etc., followed by a time dedicated to the interaction between the interested researchers.


The room where the NETWORKING MEETING will occur will, from that point on, be available for participants to use anytime they want during congress hours, as a networking hub, where participants can discuss ideas, do small meetings, work and interact with each other. Any participants interested in making a 3 minute Pitch at the NETWORKING MEETING, must register to do it by sending an email to


Due to space and time constraints, the maximum number of Pitch presentations is 10.



 Clinical Applications of Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory (IPARTheory)

Dr.David Rising

This workshop is focused on the clinical use of IPARTheory and the objectives are: (1) identify  a variety of therapeutic modalities that are compatible with IPARTheory, and that can be used with individuals, couples, and families; (2) discuss IPARTheory evidence-based instruments that facilitate assessment in clinical work; (3) formulate a case conceptualization using IPARTheory language and major concepts in clinical case studies, and; (4) attempt to formulate a comprehensive, holistic, and culturally sensitive treatment plan based on IPARTheory clinical assessment.

David G. Rising, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. He has been in private practice at Cornerstone Family Health/Family Practice Center in Williamsport, PA since 1994. David received an Ed.D. in counseling from Northern Illinois University. He has been integrating IPARTheory in his counseling practice for over 25 years. He is the author (with Ronald P. Rohner) of Recovery from Rejection: A manual of client handouts for clinical practice.