Call for Presentations
We invite you to submit a proposal for a workshop or
poster session at NACSW Convention 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina from
November 2-5, 2017.
I. Information About Workshop Submissions
NACSW’s conventions sponsor workshops and poster
sessions that contribute to the growth of social workers and related
professionals in the ethical integration of spirituality, faith and social
work practice. Most workshop sessions are 60 minutes long, although there is
space reserved for a limited number of 75-minute and 90-minute sessions as
skip immediately to the webpage to submit a workshop proposal on-line,
simply go to Workshop
Submission Form, and submit your
proposal by no later than March 1st, 2017.>
Please don’t hesitate to contact NACSW at
any questions you might have about workshop submissions.
Proposals may be submitted for the following tracks:
1. Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): clinical social work,
case management and social work non-clinical practice, residential and
community-based care, private practice, school social work, medical social
work, family systems, diagnosis/assessment, new approaches to treatment,
2. Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): integration of faith
and practice as it applies to human development and behavior across the
lifespan; spiritual competency; and practice and research with people with
disabilities, the GLBT community, and other groups, etc.
3. Direct Practice: Groups and Communities – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): community organizing;
assets-based community development and community-oriented interventions;
advocacy; international social work; issues of poverty; group social work,
4. Administration and Work with Organizations – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): management and
leadership of organizations; organizational culture; grant writing; program
development; staff issues; budgeting; organizational policy-making; staff
training and development, etc.
5. Public Administration and Policy – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): social policy;
government funding issues; economic issues; social justice; social change
theory; church and denominational policy and politics, etc.
6. Professional Relationships, Values and Ethics – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): social work ethics; the
impact of social workers’ faith on their work; nurturing social workers’
faith and character formation; boundary issues; dual relationships; social
work supervision, etc.
7. Social Work Education – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): strategies and
illustrations related to integrating faith and spirituality in the social
work curriculum; CSWE accreditation issues; examples of spiritually and
religiously sensitive educational polices and practices related to social
work students and faculty; faith-related issues with students in field
8. Social Work Research – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to):methodological issues in
research on religion and spirituality in social work practice, practical
reports of dilemmas and difficulties in research as well as proposals for
resolving these challenges, partnerships in conducting research, and
identifying and working with research funding sources, etc.
9. Technology & Social Work – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): innovative ways of
using technology to enhance social work education and practice; the use of
social media and networking to expand communication with clients, colleagues
and supervisors; strategies for using distance learning approaches to
facilitate continuing education, etc.
10. Student-Focused – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to): a) presentations by BSW
and MSW students reporting on research projects or conceptual papers from
their social work programs; b) presentations for BSW, MSW, and Ph.D.
students such as how to choose an area of social work practice, preparing
for graduate school and/or a first social work setting, etc.
11. Research and Practice with Ethnically Diverse Populations – Presentations
in this track may focus on but are not limited to research and practice
approaches related to communities of color and their expressions of faith
and spirituality, the intersection of race and spirituality in the context
of clients’ lives, and navigating complex issues of religion/spirituality
for people of color in the treatment process, etc.
12. Faith and Justice – Presentations
in this track may focus on (but are not limited to) the intersection of
faith and justice in issues such as: racial equality and justice;
empowerment of women and girls and other gender issues; LGBTQ issues;
creation care and environmental stewardship; immigration issues; poverty,
income disparity, and living wage issues, peace and nonviolence, etc.
13. Empowering Communities (New
Track) - Presentations
in this track may focus on strategies and interventions developed to
strengthen and empower communities by addressing topics including (but are
not limited to): asset-based community development; welcoming and supporting
refugees and immigrants; breaking inter-generational poverty; fighting human
trafficking; forgiveness and restorative justice; effective engagement with
the media, etc.
The proposal submission process will ask you to
identify which of the tracks best identifies the overall focus of your
presentation. NACSW will make every effort to accommodate your track
recommendation, although reserves the right to make the final track
allocation based on the overall program balance. Special content is welcomed
in areas such a spirituality and religion, international social work, social
justice and advocacy, and work with a wide array of populations and critical
NACSW is not able to provide remuneration for workshop or poster presenters.
Presenters agree to register for the convention at their own expense at the
usual convention rate, and to make their presentation at the time selected
by the Convention planning committee.
B. Criteria for Workshop Selections:
Proposals will be selected by a peer review process
focused on the following criteria:
The workshop or poster will
add to the body of knowledge currently available on the topic addressed,
and is sensitive to the the ethical integration of faith and practice.
The workshop or poster includes a practical
component which participants can readily apply in practice/ministry.
The proposal is clearly informed by the current
literature and/or by practice experience of the presenter.
The concepts in the proposal are clear and the
proposal is understandable and well-organized.
Please note that NACSW’s
conference niche is in providing trainings that are sensitive to the ethical
integration of Christian faith with some aspect of social work practice. If
your submission represents an alternative spiritual or religious
perspective, please note this on your proposal so that if it is accepted,
we can indicate this in the convention program listing.
II. Procedure for Workshop and Poster Submissions
For examples of high quality proposals from prior
conventions, you may go to either:
Example Workshops page (if you are interesting in
submission a workshop proposal) or;
Examples Posters page (if you are interested in submitting a poster
Please submit your workshop proposal online by no later
than March 1, 2017 (this is a firm deadline). All proposals most be
submitted electronically. To submit a proposal, simply follow the
instructions and fill out/submit the proposal submission form. We suggest
that gather the following information beforehand, and then simply copy and
paste it in the proposal submission form:
Name and contact information
for the person(s) making this submission
A title and one page (250-500 words) summary of the
A 50-word abstract suitable for printing in the
final convention program
A list of references/bibliography which includes
some sources published within the past 5 years
Learning objectives for the presentation
As noted above, most workshop sessions are 60 minutes
long, with a limited number of 75 and 90 minute sessions available. In the
workshop submission you will be asked to request your preference for
If for whatever reason you are having difficulty
submitting your proposal online as described above, please
email or call the NACSW office at 203-270-8780 for assistance.
III. Proposal Selection
Proposals are blind peer reviewed (that is, the
reviewers will not know the names of the person(s) submitting proposals).
By May, 2017, presenters will be notified about whether or not their
proposals have been accepted for the convention. Please note that not all
proposals will be accepted because of the limited number of presentation
slots available. Proposals with multiple presenters are highly encouraged.
Also, NACSW plans to publish a compilation of materials
based on its convention workshops as a way of extending the impact and reach
of its workshop presentations. All presenters will be strongly encouraged
(but not required) to submit a paper based on the material they will be
presenting for consideration publication in NACSW Convention 2016
Proceedings. View past convention proceedings.
IV. Presenter Registration
To ensure a full workshop program, persons who submit
proposals for NACSW Convention 2017 are expected to agree to the following
If my presentation proposal is accepted, I agree to the following:
To attend NACSW’s Convention 2017 in Charlotte, North
Carolina and present my
workshop or poster session unless a bona
To register (at my/our own expense) at the usual convention rate by no
later than Thursday, October 2, 2017
I/We understand that if I/we do not register for the convention by
Thursday, October 2, 2017, my/our presentation may have to be removed from the
convention workshop program
I/We understand that no honorarium will be paid to me/us for my/our
To make my presentation at the time selected by the Convention 2016
To provide at least 25 copies of my/our handouts at no expense to
To bring my own laptop if I wish to display a PowerPoint presentation,
and pay the cost of any audio-visual equipment (other than an LCD
projector and screen, which will be provided free of charge by NACSW)
that I/we may choose to use
To submit a workshop or poster session proposal on-line, simply go to Workshop
Submission Form, and
submit your proposal by no later than March 1st, 2017.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF SUBMISSIONS MARCH 1, 2017