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 Saturday, October 3rd

Indianapolis, Indiana


The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) is proud to release the call for proposals for its 6th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium. The theme of this year's conference is Advocating for Social Workers in Diverse Sport Settings.


ASWIS is seeking themed presentations in the following areas:

  • Youth Sports (e.g., middle/high school, community sport, etc.)

  • Collegiate Sports (e.g., NCAA, NAIA, junior college)

  • Professional and Olympic Sports (e.g., major league, minor leage, Olympics, etc.)

  • Sport for Social Justice (e.g., breaking down barriers through sport, building social capacity through sport, etc.)

  • Sport for Social Change (e.g., peace through sports, community development, etc.)

  • Sport Policy (e.g., policy development in sport, analyzing sport policy, etc.)

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

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


Indianapolis, Indiana is one of the largest sport hubs in the United States. Indianapolis is home to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), USA Track & Field, USA Football, USA Gymnastics, Indiana Pacers (NBA), Indiana Fever (WNBA), Indianapolis Colts (NFL), Indy Fuel (NHL Affiliate), Indianapolis Indians (MLB Affiliate), Indy Eleven (United Soccer League), and IndyCar. It is centrally located between Indiana University, Purdue University, Butler University, Ball State University, and the University of Notre Dame.

This year's symposium will offer five presentation types (e.g., interactive poster presentations, paired presentations, applied workshops, themed panel discussions, and featured presentations. Additionally, the symposium will feature several headline keynote and invited speakers.


All priority proposals must be submitted by Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:00pm (EST). Authors will receive notification of acceptance by Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:00pm (EST). Proposals submitted after May 1, 2020 will be considered until the conference slate is full. The deadline for any consideration is Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8:00pm (EST).


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.

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.

Applied Workshops: Interactive workshops will be 50 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.


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 interactive poster presentations, paired presentations, and featured presentations and 800-word maximum abstract for applied workshops and themed panel discussions (be sure to include the learning objectives for all interactive workshop proposals).


Note: Interactive workshops must have activities that are clearly outlined in the proposal.

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 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).

P.O. Box 407 
Westfield, IN 46074
Tel: (800)567-1178
Fax: (765)285-1029
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