Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

What is the purpose of the Scotland Summer Institute?

The Scotland Summer Institute is organized as a small international and interdisciplinary gathering of practicing clinicians, researchers, educators, graduate students, and others who share an interest in education, training, and professional practice issues.  It combines a professional development event with a cultural immersion experience into contemporary Scottish society. The current IAPC Institutes in Oxford and Edinburgh has been offered in various formats in the UK for more than twenty years.


How large is the institute?

From the beginning, the Scotland Summer Institute has remained by design a small event – sixty participants, or less. This size allows the Institute to offer a personal experience for participants. If you are seeking the anonymity of a large conference, the Scotland Institute is probably not for you. The institute is a truly international event and provides a unique interdisciplinary “networking” opportunity with colleagues from the USA, England, and other countries. In recent years, UK Institute has included participants from throughout the USA, as well as from the UK, Germany, Turkey, Malaysia, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, South Africa, Mexico, Bahamas, China, Taiwan, and Ukraine. The Scotland Institute offers a unique experience that past participants have found personally and professionally enriching. Each year, the Scotland Institute includes a number of returning participants.


Who may attend?

The Scotland Summer Institute is open to students, educators, and clinicians in psychology, social work, counseling, marriage & family and related “helping” fields. Participants share a common interest in education, training, supervision, clinical practice, and intercultural professional issues.


I would like to make a presentation in Edinburgh, how do I go about submitting a proposal?

All Scotland Institute presentation submissions are “peer-reviewed” and selected by members of the Scotland Institute Program Committee. Program presentations must relate to some aspect of counseling training, education, and practice. The Institute strives to balance professional learning opportunities with cultural immersion experiences. As such, program presentation space is limited and program selection is competitive. However, every effort is made to accommodate participants who wish to share their knowledge and expertise. In addition to content sessions, the Scotland Institute also offers a “poster session” for presentation and informal discussion of clinical and research topics in a seminar format.

To be considered for a presenter role, send a brief description of your program proposal to email for review by the program selection committee. In the event a program is not practicable due to time constraints, etc. – we will attempt to combine program proposals that share a common theme, including panel presentations on critical issues. All presenters must be registered for the Institute and will be acknowledged in final program materials. Presentation at the Scotland Institute constitutes a professional presentation at a “peer-reviewed international conference.”


What does the institute registration fee cover?

The cost of the Scotland Institute includes six nights of housing with daily breakfast, and access to all Institute programs and events, including a sponsored day trip. The cost of airfare, ground transportation to Edinburgh, lunch and dinner, and incidental expenses are not included in the institute registration fee.


What if I wish to extend my stay and travel on my own?

In past years, many participants have engaged in independent travel before and/or after the dates of the Institute – often with other Institute participants. The Institute organizers have traveled extensively throughout the UK and Europe and will be glad to offer suggestions and facilitate connections with other Institute participants who share common interests.


I don’t want to be just a “tourist,” will I have a chance to meet and interact with people from Scotland and other countries?

Absolutely! – Scottish people (and Institute participants!) are very friendly and you will have ample opportunity to meet and interact with people who live in Edinburgh, as well as participants from other countries. A number of long-standing friendships and professional relationships trace their origins to initial Institute events and gatherings.


I have additional questions, who should I contact?

If you have any questions concerning the Scotland Institute, travel to the UK, and/or suggestions for independent travel before or after the Institute dates, please contact Dr. Brian Canfield, Director, via E-mail at or cell phone (+1) 985-974-8405.