General Information

About the IAPC Scotland Institute

Steeped in history and tradition, Edinburgh offers an ideal setting for the IAPC Scotland Institute for Intercultural Issues in Education and Clinical Practice. The Scotland Institute is open to educators and practicing professionals who wish to gain knowledge about contemporary counseling issues – as well as students who wish to incorporate a study-abroad experience into their professional training. Early registration is recommended. Institute attendees interact in a small group setting of international colleagues composed of students, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, mental health counselors, school counselors, substance abuse counselors, educators, and other “helping” professionals from around the world. Participants include national and international leaders in various professional fields. The venue for the IAPC Scotland Institute is the Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh.

The culturally-immersion nature, along with interaction among international colleagues attending the institute, provides a unique opportunity to learn about issues influencing education and clinical practice in various societies. Participation in the Scotland Counseling Institute is open to educators, graduate students, and practicing professionals who wish to gain a broader understanding of international issues in clinical practice. The Scotland Institute offers continuing education credit, as well as an opportunity for graduate students to incorporate a study-abroad experience into their education and professional training. Students have the option of participating in the two-week IAPC Summer School Consortium that includes both Oxford and Edinburgh. In addition to scholarly presentations, the Scotland Institute includes informal discussions and sponsored field trips to various cultural sites in Scotland.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Along with England, Wales, and Northern Ireland; Scotland is part of the United Kingdom, In recent years, a public referendum affirmed Scotland remaining part of the UK, rather than moving toward full independence. However, Scotland has its own Parliament and unique legal system and a strong sense of national identity. As the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh provides a rich cultural destination. The elegant Georgian streets of 187th century “New Town” are set against the dramatic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and the medieval turrets and spires of “Old Town”, the “Royal Mile”, and Holyrood Palace. As a Center of Education, the University of Edinburgh was first established in 1583 and has played a pivotal role in academic achievements for centuries.

The University of Edinburgh Pollock Halls venue of the IAPC Scotland Summer Institute features modern residence halls, dining facilities, and an on-campus pub. Pollock Halls is located adjacent to Holyrood Park and is in the shadow of “King Arthur’s Seat” a 900-foot mountain (extinct volcano) which offers a panoramic view of the city (Hiking the mountain on the foot path takes about one hour). Pollock Halls is a short taxi ride, or 20-30 minute walk, to Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and the “Royal Mile”.


Presenting at the IAPC Scotland Summer Institute.

Presenting at the Scotland Summer Institute has been a professional “milestone” for many past participants. Researchers, clinicians, and students who have an interest in presenting a presentation, workshop, or poster session relating to education and clinical practice issue are encouraged to submit a proposal to the Scotland Summer Institute Program Committee for peer-review consideration (Details may be found in the registration section at the end of this packet).

Presenters must be practicing professionals, researchers, or hold academic appointment. 

Students may submit a poster session proposal – or co-present with a professor or established researcher. Presentation proposals will be accepted on a “rolling acceptance” basis until presentation slots are filled. Accepted presenters will typically be notified within 30 days of registration submission of their program application acceptance. Institute programs include poster

sessions, and one-hour presentation formats. Presentations that expand education, clinical skills, illuminate research, and offer interactive/experiential opportunities are given acceptance priority.


Accepted presentations will be published in the 2023 Proceedings of the IAPC Scotland Summer Institute – a peer-reviewed international publication of the International Association of Psychology and Counseling (IAPC). Questions about program proposal submissions may be directed to All presenters must register and pay the appropriate institute registration fee. (See additional information at the end of this packet)


Continuing Education Credit

Upon request, institute participants will receive a continuing education certificate verifying continuing education credit.


Graduate Course Credit

The 2023 Scotland Institute will be part of the IAPC Summer School Consortium. Graduate course credit in several topic areas will be made available through participating accredited university partners. Course credit is typically offered in a “hybrid” instructional format consisting “online” content instruction in conjunction with the “on site” activities. Registration and tuition for course credit is arranged directly with the sponsoring university.