The 8th International Conference on
Conversation Analysis and Psychotherapy (ICCAP)

Helsinki, 8-10 June 2016

Psychotherapies and counselling are based on talk. Obviously, it is not only the client’s own talk that is helpful by itself, but talking in interaction with a professional who helps the client towards therapeutic change. As a method for the study of talk-in-interaction, conversation analysis offers a way of observing the emergence and the social organisation of the therapeutic process.

The conference brings together CA researchers who study psychotherapy or other types of mental health care encounters, such as counselling or psychiatric consultations. We also aim to further the dialogue between CA, clinical psychotherapy research and clinical work.

Plenary talks will be given by Auli Hakulinen, Peter Muntigl and William B. Stiles. There will also be commentaries on the conference papers, given by Lorenza Mondada, Sanna Vehviläinen, Christian Heath and Leena Ehrling.



  • The online registration is closed. We are looking forward to an exciting conference!
  • The conference program can be found here.
  • Professor Mikael Leiman, who was to be one of the commentators, has had to cancel his participation in the conference. Dr. Sanna Vehviläinen has joined the team and will be commenting upon presentations on Wednesday and Friday.