The Alliance for Social Workers in Sports

6th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium


Advocating for Social Workers in Diverse Sport Settings

Thursday, October 1st through Friday, October 2nd, 2020


Virtual Conference



The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) is re-releasing the call for proposals for its 6th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium. Given the current public health crisis, ASWIS is restructing the symposium for a completely virtual participation.


The theme of this year's conference is Advocating for Social Workers in Diverse Sport Settings. Specifically, ASWIS is seeking themed presentations in the following four areas:

  • Addressing the Social Work Grand Challenges through Sport (e.g., healthy development for all athletes, closing the health gap through sport, advancing lives through sport, etc.)

  • Sport for Social Justice and Change (e.g., building social capacity through sport, sport policy, peace through sports, community development, etc.)

  • #MoreThanAnAthlete (e.g., life after sports, athletes with families, etc.)   

  • Sport and COVID-19 (e.g., athlete behavioral and psychosocial health, sudden retirement, impact on coaches and sport adminstrators, etc.)


Each area will represent ¼ of the symposium. Presentations in the four areas are welcome to include athletes across the lifespan and across levels of play, including youth, high school, collegiate, professional, Olympic athletes, adult recreational, etc. To learn more about the event please visit:


The re-released call for proposal features three presentation types: paired presentations, themed panel discussions, and featured presentations. Additionally, the symposium will feature several headline keynote and invited speakers.


All proposals must be submitted by August 1, 2020 at 8:00pm (EST). Authors will receive notification of acceptance by August 30, 2020 at 8:00pm (EST).

Presentation Types


Paired Presentations: These sessions will pair two presenters with similar topics together. Each presenter will have 20 minutes to present their work and a 5-minute Q&A follow-up. These sessions are great for clinical practice strategies, research findings, collaboration efforts, or advocacy efforts. The Conference Planning Committee will make determinations on what papers are paired together based on symposisum themes.


Themed Panel Discussion: Panel discussions feature three (3) to four (4) presenters providing information on a particular subject. Each panelist will have two minutes to introduce themselves. Panelists will then have seven (7) minutes of uninterrupted sharing of their perspective on the topic. Remaining time will be spent on questions and answers from the audience. The panel discussion submission should include the names and credentials of all individuals serving on the panel.


Featured Presentations: A small number of featured presentations are desired. Speakers will deliver 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. There will only be one of these presentations each day. These presentations will start each morning and will be delivered in front of all attendees. These should follow formats similar to a Ted Talk format.


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 paired presentations and featured presentations, and 800-word maximum abstract for themed panel discussions.


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.


Abstract Format

  • Line 1: Type of session desired

  • 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)


Submission of abstract(s) indicates the intent of the presenter(s) to register for the conference at the appropriate registration fee (outlined below). Abstracts submitted to this symposium should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another conference.


Email completed proposals to In your email please include the corresponding author's contact information. Abstracts will undergo a blind-review process to determine acceptance. If you have specific questions about abstracts please contact Dr. Matt Moore (


The Conference Planning Committee will set the final agenda. While authors will state their preference on type of presentation, the committee has the ability to change presentation types in consultation with the author(s).

What should I know about a virtual symposium?

ASWIS will host this symposium using the Zoom platform. This platform will allow all attendees to hear the presentations, to see the presenters via webcam, and to see copies of any of the presenter’s materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides). Here are a handful of other perks for virtual attendees:

  • The final symposium schedule will include a detailed breakdown of presentations and times. Attendees may come and go from the symposium as their schedule permits.

  • The start and end times of the symposium will take into account the various time zones of attendees.

  • The symposium will consist of several networking opportunities. This will be done through 15 minute lightening rounds where attendees can join themed groups to meet other attendees.

  • The symposium will feature several approaches for involving audience members. This will include the use of polling questions, chat functions, mental exercises, and physical activity breaks.

  • ASWIS will hold prize drawings between each conference session and keep the energy high with music and videos.

  • Be sure to keep an eye on the attendee list, as there will be “Zoom bombing” visits from a handful of well-known faces in athletics.

  • ASWIS will provide   10-12 continuing education units (CEUs) for this symposium.



Registration for the symposium will open on August 1, 2020. Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis. Pricing will be made available by May 31st.