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2022 NASW National Conference Call for Proposals

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Call for Proposals

2022 NASW National Conference

 The Time is Right for Social Work

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to present at the 2022 NASW National Conference, The Time is Right for Social Work. We look forward to receiving your proposal for consideration. Please follow these instructions to begin the online process to submit your proposal:

Please review the Call for Proposals Guidelines below.

  •     First, create your profile to complete the proposal submission process. If you haven’t created a profile yet, click on the “Get Started!” button at the end of the Guidelines which will take you to the page to create your profile.
  •     Once you have created your profile, click on “save,” then log-in to the site by clicking on the log-in link in the upper left corner of this page using your email address and the unique password you created.
  •     After logging in you may begin the proposal submission process by clicking on the “Submissions” Tab

Dates of the Conference:   June 22-25, 2022
Location:                             Omni Shoreham Washington Hotel, Washington, DC 20008
Audience:                            Social workers, mental health and allied professionals
Submission Deadline:        11:59pm EST, Monday, February 14, 2022              

Registration Fees:              Presenter Registration (Please note that session presenters will receive a $50 discount off of the early-bird registration fee):

NASW Member: $365
Non-Member: $590
Student Member: $12
Retired Member: $125

Special Early Bird Rates (Deadline April 15, 2022):
NASW Member: $415
Non-Member: $640
Student Member: $175
Retired Member: $175

Regular Registration (April 16 – June 10, 2022):
NASW Member:  $475
Non-Member:  $699
Student Member:  $225
Retired Member: $225

Onsite Registration (June 10 – June 25, 2022)
NASW Member:  $575
Non-Member:  $799
Student Member:  $250
Retired Member: $250


The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) invites submissions of proposals to present at the 2022 NASW National Conference, The Time is Right for Social Work. Social workers are leaders of change who are making a difference in helping define and strengthen the social safety net of society. NASW welcomes compelling proposals that address a wide range of topics related, but not limited to, making a difference and helping to shape our future. Be a part of this valuable professional development experience in the nation’s capital by networking and sharing your knowledge, innovative solutions and strategies with thousands of social workers and allied professionals from all over the country.  

General Submission Guidelines

The 2022 NASW National Conference will focus on best practices, policies, and research findings that incorporate leading change and collaboration. Abstracts are encouraged in all social work practice areas, and at all levels of practice (micro, mezzo, or macro).

All proposals must be submitted online. “Hard copy” or paper submissions will not be considered.

Proposals will be organized around issue and practice areas

Please note that you may submit only one proposal for consideration where you are the primary/lead presenter.

Please gather all of the required information in advance before you submit your proposal to NASW for consideration. 

The proposal submission process requires that you provide all of the following information:  

  1.  Name/Educational Degree(s)/Credentials/Affiliation/Contact information for primary presenter (and for symposium presentations, two additional co-presenters)
  2. Brief biography for each presenter (maximum of 500 characters)
  3. Presentation format
  • Symposium: Topic-focused 90 minute panel sessions with three speakers
  • Individual presentation: 45 minute presentations (conference committee will place two individuals speakers in a 90 minute session based on a common theme)
  • Poster presentation: Posters will be displayed in the exhibit area throughout the conference. Poster presenters are encouraged to discuss their work with attendees at designated breaks.

    4. Title of presentation (maximum of 100 characters)
    5. Brief presentation abstract (maximum of 500 characters. Please Note: This will be the description of your session used in the conference program book)
    6. Learning Objectives
    A minimum of 3 learning objectives is required.
    Learning objectives must be measurable and express the desired learning outcome you intend to achieve in your presentation.
  1. Abstract (maximum of 3,000 characters)
    •     Issue focus
    •     Program description
    •     Description of the target population (ex. students, practitioners, policymakers, or a specific client population)
    •     Description of the social work practice intervention, research, or policy change including how the concepts of shaping the future are incorporated into the presentation
    •     Conclusions and implications for practice, policy, professional development, education, or research
    •     Three learning objectives specific to the conference theme and the session topic , that clearly state what the participants will be able to do, as a result of your presentation.
  1.      Primary Issue/Topic Area (Select One)
    (Primary Topic Area)
  •      Administrative/Supervision
  •      Adolescents/Teens
  •      Advocacy
  •      Child Welfare
  •      Children and Families
  •      Clinical Practice/Mental Health
  •      Community Organizing
  •      Cultural Competence/Diversity and Equity
  •      Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice
  •      Disabilities
  •      Ethics
  •      Ethnicity & Race
  •      Health Care
  •      Housing/Homelessness
  •      Higher Education in social work
  •      Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
  •      Interpersonal Violence
  •      LGBTQ+
  •      Mental Health
  •      Older Adults/Caregivers
  •      Political Social Work
  •      Private Practice
  •      Research & Program Evaluation
  •      School Social Work
  •      Service Members/Military/Veterans
  •      Social Policy
  •      Social Work Leadership
  •      Substance Use Disorders/Chemical Dependency
  1.      Primary Level/Type of Intervention (Select One)

(Secondary Topic Area)

  •      Micro
  •      Mezzo
  •      Macro

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1.      The topic is consistent with the 2022 conference theme.
  2.      The submission adheres to the conference proposal guidelines.
  3.      The abstract is well organized, concise, and clearly written.
  4.      The author clearly states the purpose and objectives of the presentation.
  5.      The abstract provides evidence of the author’s knowledge of the topic.
  6.      The topic and content are evidence-based.
  7.      The subject contributes to a balanced conference program.

Information on your presentation will appear in the program as it is submitted online. However, NASW reserves the right to make minor edits. Image(s) and table(s) are not permitted in any abstract.

To be considered, session proposals must be received online by 11:59pm EST on February 14, 2022.

Please know that your proposal is saved as you work. You do not have to complete it all at one time. Rather, you can work on it over days and weeks. However, please be sure you complete all the required fields and submit the proposal before the deadline.

Due to space limitations, not all deserving proposals can be accommodated. Reviewers will prioritize proposals based on a balanced program as well as the listed review criteria. You will be notified in March via email regarding the decision on your proposal. If you have any questions please review the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact

 Submission Technical Instructions:

  •      As you begin the submission process you will be issued a program proposal identification number. This identification number is to be used by the primary presenter. This identification number only references your proposal. When you register for the conference, a different identification number will be provided. Please hold on to your proposal identification number, as you will need it to reference your proposal throughout this process.
  •      Fill out the form completely. Most fields are required. Only complete forms in the system will be considered for review.

Call Closed

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