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The Alliance of Social Workers and Sports

9th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium

September 18-19, 2023, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA


Theme: Geaux Big For Sport Social Work: Advocating and Innovating in

Athletics and Reaching Diverse Athletes Across the Life Span



The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) is releasing the call for proposals for the 9th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium. The Symposium will continue with a face-to-face format at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

The mission of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports is to promote individual and community well-being through partnerships between the profession of social work and the field of athletics. We focus on partnerships in practice, research, and policy, with involvement and awareness in all areas where social work and sports systems intersect. The theme for this year's symposium reflects this mission by covering a broad range of sport topics. This includes coaching practices, abuse and exploitation of athletes, mental health and well- being, traumatic brain injury, ACES, athlete trafficking, along with diversity, equity, and inclusion topics among others. We encourage proposals from all disciplines that inform sport practices.

This year's symposium will offer four presentation types: paired presentations, themed panel discussions, featured presentations, and poster presentations. Additionally, the symposium will feature several keynote and invited speakers. All proposals must be received by May 31, 2023. Notifications will be received by June 10, 2023.


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 symposium 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 (including the moderator).

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.

Poster Presentations: One of the highlights of this symposium will be featured poster presentations from students. Tulane University Students, Graduates of the ASWIS Sport Social Work Certificate Program, ASWIS student members, social work students and students from related disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals. This is your opportunity to highlight work either in a practicum space or research capacity and participate in a poster session.Students are also encouraged to submit for other presentation categories.


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, poster 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 Conference Planning Committee to 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. 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 Matt Moore ( or Cindy Miller Aron at 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). Registration for the symposium will open in May 2023.

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