FWBHW 2020 : PervasiveHealth 2020 Workshop on The Future of Work in Behavioral Healthcare Workshop
FWBHW 2020 : PervasiveHealth 2020 Workshop on The Future of Work in Behavioral Healthcare Workshop

FWBHW 2020 : PervasiveHealth 2020 Workshop on The Future of Work in Behavioral Healthcare Workshop

Atlanta, United States
Event Date: May 18, 2020 - May 20, 2020
Submission Deadline: March 20, 2020
Notification of Acceptance: March 27, 2020
Camera Ready Version Due: April 10, 2020


Workplaces in behavioral healthcare are on the cusp of a massive transformation. Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, and clinicians from adjacent disciplines will soon develop symbiotic relationships with machines that levage ubiquitous computing and cyberspace to make work more effective, efficient, and rewarding. The future of work in behavioral healthcare will not be constrained by subjective data from patients and the clinician’s unreliable intuition. Rather, the future of work in behavioral healthcare will emphasize intelligent tools, objective data, and actuarial decisions while allowing clinicians to focus on strengths rooted in their humanity: expressing compassion, building hope, and praising growth and development. In the year 2020, however, the vast majority of stakeholders in behavioral healthcare is unaware of this approaching transformation. Current training programs and treatment delivery infrastructures are not preparing clinicians to take advantage of emerging technologies and procedures that have profited other industries.

This workshop will bring together technologists and stakeholders within various domains of behavioral healthcare. Discussions will include how to identify areas of need, how to forge new collaborations, and how to partner with clinicians to embrace the rise of technologies while navigating risks. To capture the scope of the future of work in behavioral healthcare, organizers will solicit position papers of diverse content with respect to clinical disciplines, patient populations, diagnoses, assessments, and interventions.

Call for Papers

Background and Motivation:

  • Like all industries, behavioral healthcare is on the cusp of transformation marked by workers forming symbiotic relationships with emerging technologies. The transformation will be motivated by the need for healthcare to be more effective and efficient. Costs in behavioral healthcare are tremendous and access to evidence-based treatment is highly restrictive. Government agencies and local communities are interested in ensuring that all people benefit from advances in behavioral healthcare. Technological innovations can address these needs while simultaneously ensuring the future of work in behavioral health becomes more rewarding; that is, to enhance the working experience rather than diminish it.
  • Despite anticipated benefits of new technologies, neither clinicians nor their institutions are prepared for the transformation. The time is now to build communities interested in the future of work in behavioral healthcare. These communities should involve contributions and feedback from all stakeholders, as each perspective is needed to see and fully appreciate the horizon of future work.
  • This workshop aims to build a community by casting a wide net of subject matter, which may help identify universal ideas and concerns regarding the future of work in behavioral healthcare. Anticipated questions include:
    • What kind of training is required by clinicians to adopt innovations? And who will provide this training?
    • What kind of mindset shift does there need to be from a provider perspective? And how will issues of compliance be addressed?
    • What do technologists need to learn to make innovations acceptable to clinicians?
    • How can technologists communicate with those in most need of advances to the workplace such as those with few resources yet great capacity demands?
    • What skills to clinicians possess that can facilitate the work of technologists?


  1. Sharing current innovative ideas and projects that are intended to improve aspects of work in behavioral healthcare.
  2. Understanding how clinicians and technologists can collaborate and share complementary skills and perspectives to improve work in behavioral healthcare.
  3. Predicting the benefits and risks of emerging innovations for work in behavioral healthcare.
  4. Identifying priorities for new research directions for the future of work in behavioral healthcare.
  5. Building a community around the future of work in behavioral healthcare.
  6. Disseminating workshop contributions in a special section of an EAI-affiliated journal (details to be determined during workshop).


  • Description:
    • Combination of brief and in-depth presentations, demonstrations, discussion with non-technical stakeholders, and generation of prioritizes and risks.
  • Target number of participants:
    • 6
  • Schedules
    • 90 minutes:        Five panelists will present brief presentations on their experience and expertise
    • 15 minutes:        Coffee break
    • 120 minutes:     Participants will present 20-minute presentations of their ongoing projects (demonstrations of technology encouraged) to the five panelists and other workshop participants
    • 60 minutes:        Lunch
    • 120 minutes:     Each panelist will provide individual feedback to the participant based on their experience and expertise in a  “round robin sequence”
    • 15 minutes:        Coffee Break
    • 90 minutes:        All participants and panelists will reconvene to discuss commonalities and differences in participants’ projects and then generalize the discussion to the larger domain of “the future of work in behavioral healthcare,” noting priorities for research and potential risks.

Soliciting Submissions:

  • Organizers will circulate a call to relevant mailing lists (e.g., HCI organizations, the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Group, and behavioral healthcare organizations such as ABCT, ADAA, APA, IOCDF, and ISTSS).
  • Organizers will publicize workshop at NSF’s Smart and Connected Health meet-up in January in Washington, DC.
  • The materials presented in the position papers should not be published or under submission elsewhere. All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee and external experts to reach a decision on acceptance. Submissions must adhere to the double-column ACM format using SIGCHI template. Proceeding templates must be used for preparing the submissions (Word and LaTeX templates are available at ( Please follow the instructions available at


Submission deadline: 20th March 2020

Notification deadline: 27th March 2020

Camera-Ready deadline: 10th April 2020


FWBHW 2020 : PervasiveHealth 2020 Workshop on The Future of Work in Behavioral Healthcare Workshop will take place in Atlanta, United States. It’s a 3 days event starting on May 18, 2020 (Monday) and will be winded up on May 20, 2020 (Wednesday).

FWBHW 2020 falls under the following areas: HEALTHCARE, BEHAVIOUR, PSYCHOLOGY, PERVASIVE HEALTH, etc. Submissions for this Workshop can be made by Mar 20, 2020. Authors can expect the result of submission by Mar 27, 2020. Upon acceptance, authors should submit the final version of the manuscript on or before Apr 10, 2020 to the official website of the Workshop.

Please check the official event website for possible changes before you make any travelling arrangements. Generally, events are strict with their deadlines. It is advisable to check the official website for all the deadlines.

Other Details of the FWBHW 2020

  • Short Name: FWBHW 2020
  • Full Name: PervasiveHealth 2020 Workshop on The Future of Work in Behavioral Healthcare Workshop
  • Timing: 09:00 AM-06:00 PM (expected)
  • Fees: Check the official website of FWBHW 2020
  • Event Type: Workshop
  • Website Link:
  • Location/Address: Atlanta, United States

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