Abstract Submission

The 16th European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC)  Conference will be held in Dublin Castle from September 20th – September 22nd 2017

Abstract Submission is NOW OPEN

We are delighted to invite you to take part in the Conference by submitting an abstract.

Click here to download Abstract Submission Form

The theme for EFTC 2017 is Pathways of Care to Recovery and the deadline for abstract submission is June 30th 2017

As an effective knowledge transfer event, attending the EFTC conference means you will learn, be inspired by discussion and debates, and be motivated in your day-to-day work through new research, skills and networking with colleagues.

We seek 20 minute presentations in the following areas of focus:

  • Gender, women and families
  • Treatment in prison and secure environments
  • Mental health, well-being and intellectual difficulties

Notification to applicants will be issued in early July 2017.

Oral Presentations

Presentations should be no longer than 20-25 minutes allowing time for any discussion.  All presentation sessions will be chaired.  Standard format projection equipment will be available.  Presenters should ensure that they have confirmed that any powerpoint is loaded and working correctly prior to the presentation slot allocated.


The programme will allow for a small number of workshops which will normally last for 90 minutes.  Abstract submissions for a workshop session should indicate clearly how the workshop leader(s) intend to ensure that their workshop is an interactive learning event rather than simply an extended presentation.


Delegates are invited to submit posters illustrating recent studies and/or interventions.  Wherever possible, these should be in one of the official conference languages and should be no larger than A0 (841mm x 1189mm; 33.1″ x 46.8″).  Posters will be displayed on boards provided in the main registration and should be handed in on registration.  Posters will be judged by a panel drawn from the Scientific Committee.

Organised by Coolmine TC, Department of Health (Ireland) and European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) this conference is an important knowledge exchange, learning and networking opportunity for academics, students and professionals in the substance abuse field. The EFTC conference will take place in Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland on September 20th, 21st & 22nd 2017.

The European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) was established in 1981 and is a network of drug and alcohol treatment communities across Europe, and internationally, all learning from each other whilst ensuring delivery of quality and evidence based treatment and rehabilitation services.

Coolmine TC was established in 1973 and provides a range of community, day and residential services to people and their families impacted by problematic substance use.

Thank you for your interest; we look forward to welcoming you at EFTC Dublin 2017.