Call for Proposals
2018 NASW National Conference

Shaping Tomorrow Together

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal to present at the 2018 NASW National Conference, Shaping Tomorrow Together. We look forward to receiving and considering your proposal for the conference. Please follow these instructions to begin the process to submit your abstract:

  1. Please review the Call for Proposals Guidelines noted below.
  2. If you haven’t created a profile yet, please click on the “Get Started!” button at the end of the Guidelines which will take you to the page to create your profile. Please note, you must create a profile to complete the abstract submission process.  
  3. 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. 
  4. After logging in you may begin the submission process by clicking on the “Submissions” Tab 

Dates of the Conference:June 20-23, 2018 
Location:Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC 20008
Audience:Social workers and allied professionals
Submission Deadline:11:59pm EST, Thursday, November 30, 2017
Conference Website:
Registration Fees:
 Presenter Registration:
NASW Member:$415
Non-Member:$640 (Includes one-year membership in NASW) 
Non-Member:$655 (Does not include NASW membership) 
Student Member: $175

 Special Early Bird Rates (January 2 – March 31):
NASW Member: $415 
Non-Member:$640 (Includes one-year membership in NASW) 
Non-Member:$655 (Does not include NASW membership)
Student Members: $175

 Regular Registration (April 1 – June 20):
NASW Member:$475 
Non-Member: $699 (Includes one-year membership in NASW) 
Non-Member:$715 (Does not include NASW membership) 
Student Member: $225



The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) invites submissions of proposals to present at the 2018 NASW National Conference Shaping Tomorrow Together. Social workers are leaders of change who help define and strengthen the safety net of society. NASW welcomes compelling proposals that address a wide range of topics related, but not limited to, helping 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 at NASW’s meeting of the profession—the 2018 NASW National Conference.

General Submission Guidelines
The 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). Proposals will be organized around issue and practice areas.

The abstract submission process includes the following fields. Please submit all of the following information when you begin the abstract submission process:

  1. Name/Credentials/Employer/Contact information for primary presenter (and for symposium presentations, two additional co-presenters) 
  2. Brief biography for each presenter (maximum of 750 characters) 
  3. Presentation format
    • Symposium: Topic-focused 90 minute panel sessions with three speakers
    • Individual presentation: 30 minute presentations (conference committee will place three 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 750 characters. Please Note: This will be the description of your session used in the conference program book) 
  6. Abstract (maximum of 4,000 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
    • Results
    • Conclusions and implications for practice, policy, professional development, education, or research
    • Three learning objectives for the session 
  7. Issue/Topic Area/Target Population (Select One)
    (Primary Topic Area)
    • Aging
    • Child Welfare
    • Criminal Justice/Juvenile Justice
    • Disabilities
    • Ethnicity & Race
    • Health Care
    • Housing/Homelessness
    • Immigrants, Refugees & Displaced Persons
    • Interpersonal Violence
    • LGBTQ
    • Mental Health
    • School Social Work
    • Service Members/Military/Veterans
    • Substance Use Disorders
    • Youth
    • Other 
  8. Level/Type of Intervention (Select One)
    (Secondary Topic Area)
    • Administrative/Supervision
    • Advocacy
    • Clinical Practice/Private Practice
    • Community Organizing
    • Cultural Competence
    • Discrimination & Equity Issues
    • Entrepreneurial/Leadership
    • Ethics & Values 
    • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Higher Education
    • Policy Practice/Macro Social Work
    • Political Social Work
    • Research & Program Evaluation
    • Technology
    • Other 
Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
  1. The topic is consistent with the 2018 conference theme. 
  2. The proposal adheres to the conference abstract 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 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 Thursday, November 30, 2017. 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 February, 2018 via email regarding your proposal decision. If you have any questions, please contact

Please note that you may submit only once as a primary/lead presenter.

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.