The Alliance of Social Workers and Sports 

8th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium

Early October 2022, Indianapolis, IN 


Theme: Health, Wellness, and Safety of the Athletic Community


The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) is releasing the call for proposals for the 8th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium. The Symposium will return to a face-to-face format with a virtual option possible during the first week of October 2022 in Indianapolis, IN. 

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 everything from coaching practices, abuse and exploitation of athletes, mental health and well-being, to traumatic brain injury, ACES, athlete trafficking, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the impact of COVID on athletes of all ages. 

This year's symposium will offer three presentation types: paired presentations, themed panel discussions, and featured presentations. Additionally, the symposium will feature several keynote and invited speakers. All proposals must be submitted by May 22, 2022 by 8pm (EST). Authors will receive notification of acceptance by June 20, 2022. 

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. 

Featured Presentations: A small number of featured presentations are desired. Speakers will deliver a 12-minute presentation with a three (3) minute Q&A followup. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a short PowerPoint (or alternate media) to accompany their presentation. 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 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 Dr. Jerry Reynolds ( 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 2022.