The Alliance for Social Workers in Sports

4th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium


“Sport Across the Lifespan and Globe”

Monday, November 5th through Wednesday, November 7th

Orlando, Florida (RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club)


The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) is proud to release the call for papers for its 4th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium. The overall theme of this year’s conference pertains to the role of sport in athlete and societal growth. The pursuit of this theme relates directly to the mission of ASWIS by promoting the practice, research, and policy skills of social workers and how to leverage these skills to promote the well-being of athletes of all ages and backgrounds.

As advocates, clinicians, case managers, researchers, and agents of change, social workers are uniquely positioned to positively impact the lives of athletes and to utilize athletics as a platform for global growth. Through the lens of social work and social justice, we invite proposals that focus on one of three areas: (1) clinical practice with athletes of all ages and backgrounds, (2) research studies that focus on creating a positive culture for promoting athlete well-being across the lifespan and globe, and (3) advocacy efforts to influence the governance and politics of sports towards social and economic justice on all levels. 

This year’s symposium will take place from Monday, November 5th through Wednesday, November 7th, prior to the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Annual Conference. The conference location is the RDV Sportsplex Athletic Club in Orlando, Florida. 

This year’s symposium will also offer three presentation types (e.g., poster presentations, 12-minute Ted Talk presentations, and 45-minute interactive workshops). These are in addition to keynote speakers and invited speakers/panels.


The final deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, September 14th. 

Interactive Poster Presentations: The interactive poster is a great way to engage conference participants by presenting a topic with graphics and visual aids on a poster board. Poster presentation sessions are 50 minutes in length. Posters should be no more than 4’ x 6’ in order to fit on the poster boards (smaller sizes are acceptable). Poster presenters stand beside their posters and discuss their work one-on-one or in small groups with symposium attendees.

Ted Talk Presentations: Ted Talk presentations are a great way to engage conference participants by orally presenting clinical practice strategies, research findings, or advocacy efforts in a 12-minute presentation with a three (3) minute Q&A follow-up. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a short PowerPoint (or alternate media) to accompany their presentation.


Interactive Workshops: Interactive workshops will be 45 minutes in length. These workshops should provide a thorough background and rationale into one of the symposium themes. Workshops should include significant interactive activities that allow participants to practically apply concepts taught. The workshop should also have three clear learning objectives.


Submission Guidelines:

All abstracts must be electronically submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment and must contain the following information and conform to the following format requirements:

  1. Single-spaced,

  2. One-inch margins,

  3. Times New Roman (12-point) font, and

  4. 500-word maximum abstract for poster and Ted Talk presentations and 800-word maximum abstract for interactive workshops (be sure to include the learning objectives for all interactive workshop proposals).


Note: References should be used in your abstract. Please cite references in-text and in a reference page at the end of your abstract. References are not included in the maximum word count for abstract submission. ASWIS follows APA guidelines and standards.


Submission of abstract(s) indicates the intent of the presenter(s) to register for the conference at the appropriate registration fee. 


Abstracts submitted to this symposium should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another conference.


Abstract Format:

Line 1: Type of session desired (e.g., poster presentation, Ted Talk presentation, or interactive workshop)

Line 2: Three to four keywords that will help the program coordinator schedule similar topics in succession

Line 3: Author(s) and institution(s) names

Line 4: Presentation title

Line 5 to end: Text of abstract (including references)

Email completed proposals to socialworkinsports@gmail.com. In your email please include the corresponding author’s contact information. Abstracts will undergo a multi-person, blind-review process to determine acceptance.