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Social Work Heroes: Celebrating Courage, Hope, and Leadership

March 27 – March 29, 2019• Little Rock Marriot • Downtown Little Rock

2019 Request for Proposals

We invite you to submit a proposal for the 2019 NASW Arkansas Annual Conference. This will be our 40th Annual Conference and we are looking forward to the opportunity to network and learn with peers across the state. Invited sessions for the 2019 conference will cover micro, mezzo, and macro areas of social work practice. 

Submissions must be evidence-based and focused on best practices and skill building for social work. Proposals should include adequate information for evaluation through a double-blind peer-review process. We are seeking proposals in all social work practice areas: micro, mezzo, and macro. We have a limited number of presentation spots available, so please submit early.

Submissions should fall under one of the following social work practice areas:

  • Aging & Disabilities

  • Behavioral & Mental Health

  • Child, Family & Schools

  • Community, Policy, and Administration

  • Health & Medical

  • Professional & Career

  • Social Work Education

Submissions are evaluated on the following criteria: 

  • Proposal is grounded in social work theory or practice base, and is timely and relevant to current practice approaches

  • Proposal lists at least 3 clearly stated learning objectives 

  • Learning objectives are attainable in amount of time requested

  • Provides opportunities for attendees to develop competency and build/enhance practice skills 

  • Speaker is knowledgeable about topic and lists applicable tools/techniques that will be utilized in presentation 

  • Incorporates NASW Standards of Practice, NASW Clinical Indicators, and/or policies from Social Work Speaks where applicable

  • Proposal is professionally formatted (logical, well organized, free of grammatical and typographical errors)

Please use this Proposal Cover Sheet when submitting your proposal. All proposals must be submitted in WORD format only. Submission deadline is 11:59 PM on December 10, 2018.

Submission Requirements

Completed proposals must be submitted by email and in WORD FORMAT ONLY. Proposals submitted in any other way will not be considered. Email proposals to by 11:59 PM on December 10, 2018.

When submitting your proposal, use the provided Proposal Cover Sheet that includes the following information:
      Complete contact information (name, credentials, title, organization, phone number, email address)
      Preferred presentation time choices;

On a second sheet, include only the following information:
      Abstract for the conference program (50 words or less)
      500 word proposal for consideration 
      Clearly stated learning objectives
      Conference track (if applicable)
              Aging & Disabilities
              Behavioral & Mental Health
              Child, Family & Schools
              Community, Policy, and Administration
              Health & Medical
              Professional & Career

Be sure to select your preferred presentation times (indicate 1st and 2nd choice) on the Proposal Cover Sheet. Proposals received without any preferred times will be scheduled at the organizers’ discretion.

      Wednesday, 10:30 am –12:00 pm, 1.5 hour presentations
      Wednesday, 1:30 pm –5:00 pm, 1.5 or 3 hour presentations
      Wednesday, 6:00 pm –7:30 pm, 1.5  presentations
      Thursday, 8:30 am –12:00 pm, 1.5 or 3 hour presentations
      Thursday, 3:30 pm –5:00 pm, 1.5 hour presentations
      Friday, 8:30 am –12:00 pm, 1.5 or 3 hour presentations
      Friday, 2:00 pm -4:00 pm, 2 hour presentations

Note: While NASW Arkansas makes every effort to accommodate the scheduling requests of presenters, specific placement of presentations cannot be guaranteed. Presenters submitting proposals agree to block out the full conference dates on their calendars to ensure availability in the event of scheduling changes, and further agree to make every effort to accommodate the date and time assigned to them for presentation.

Other Information/ Audio Visual

NASW Arkansas will provide a podium with standard microphone, powerpoint projector, and a screen in each breakout room. Presenters are asked to bring their own laptop to use during their session. All equipment must remain in the room at all times. Those wishing to rent other equipment, such as wireless microphones, may do so at their own expense through the hotel AV company (contact information will be given if your proposal is chosen). If using a power point presentation, presenters must provide NASW-AR with a copy of the presentation by March 2, 2019.


Presenters’ Handouts

In an effort to go GREEN and in response to attendees requesting handouts from presentations they were not able to attend, conference handout materials will be available through our conference app, accessible only to conference registrants. If you need to have physical handouts available during your presentation and would like us to print them, please limit them to 20 pages and email them to the NASW office no later than March 2, 2019. Handouts will be printed double-sided and in black/white. To have your handouts included on our app, they must be turned into the NASW office no later than March 2, 2019. Email to 

Continuing Education and Conference Program will be available January 2019.

2019 Conference Schedule at a Glance*

24.5 CEUs Total

Tuesday, March 26

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Check-In / Set Up

Wednesday, March 27 (8 CEUs total)

6:30 am – 7:30 pm Registration/Information Desk/NASW Store/Exhibits Open

8:00 am – 10:00 am Welcome & Plenary I (2 CEUs)

Scarlett Lewis, Found of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

10:00 am – 10:30 am Morning Break with Exhibitors     

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshops –  Session 1 (1.5 CEUs)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Workshops – Session 2 (3 CEUs)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Concurrent Workshops – Session 3 (1.5 CEUs)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Special Event (TBA)

Thursday, March 29 (11.5 CEUs total)

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration/Information Desk/NASW Store/Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshops – Session 4 (3 CEUs)

10:00 am – 10:30 am Morning Break with Exhibitors

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Student Poster Presentations (1.5 CEU) or Lunch

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Plenary II – (1.5 CEUs)

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Workshops – Session 5 (1.5 CEUs)

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Student Poster Presentation – Wine & Cheese Soiree (1.5 CEU)

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm 4th Annual Social Work Advocates Dinner (2.5 CEUs)

Decarceration – Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan

Moderated Panel Discussion – Panelists TBA

(pre-registration required/ticketed event)

Friday, March 30 (5 CEUs total)

7:30 am – 4:00 pm Registration/Information Desk/Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 12:00 pm Concurrent Workshops – Session 6 (3 CEUs)

10:00 am – 10:30 am Morning Break with Exhibitors

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Annual Awards Luncheon (pre-registration required)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Concurrent Workshops – Session 7 (2 CEUs)

* Schedule is Subject to Change

2019 Social Work Advocates’ Dinner

Fourth Annual Social Work Advocates’ Dinner

Thursday, March 28, 2019

6:30 | DINNER 

7:00 | Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan

Decarceration in Arkansas by Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan

Panelists TBA

Dr. Lisa M. Corrigan (Ph.D. University of Maryland) is an Associate Professor of Communication, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Arkansas.

She researches and teaches in the areas of social movement studies, the Black Power and civil rights movements, prison studies, feminist studies, the Cuban Revolution, and the history of the Cold War.

Her first book, Prison Power: How Prison Politics Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), is the recipient of the 2017 Diamond Anniversary Book Award and the 2017 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award, both from the National Communication Association.

Corrigan is a contributor to the Indivisible Guide and regularly leads political trainings and workshops in Arkansas and around the country.

She also co-hosts a podcast with Laura Weiderhafi called Lean Back: Critical Feminist Conversations, which was named the top podcast in Arkansas and one of the top thirty-five podcasts in the country by Paste magazine. It can be found on iTunes, Google Play, and your preferred podcast platform.

This session involves a plated dinner and attendees will receive 2.5 CEUs. Invitations are extended not only to conference attendees, but to all members of the Arkansas State Legislature, other elected officials, community stakeholders, and other media. Seating is limited, and we encourage you to purchase your ticket with your conference registration.

Past Dinner Topics and Presenters


Reconnecting with Your Unconquerable Spirit by Shelby Rowe

Greg Adams, LCSW, ACSW, FT (panelist)

CDR Karen Hearod, LCSW (panelist)

Sarah Teeter Johnson-Hughes (panelist)

Tyler West (panelist)


Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance by Dr. Terrence J. Roberts

Dr. Erick Messias (panelist)

Dr. John W. Miller, Jr. (panelist)

Tommy Norman (panelist)

Dr. Terrence J. Roberts (panelist)


Combatting the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Overdose Epidemic by U.S. Representative Marcia L. Fudge

Dr. Erick Messias (panelist)

Dr. William H. Robinson, Jr. (panelist)

Dr. Shane Sparks (panelist)

Margaret Robbins, LCSW (panelist)

Student Poster Presentation

Join us at the NASW Conference and participate in the Student Poster Presentations and Competition! All BSW and MSW students are welcome to participate. This is a fun way to practice your presentation and networking skills in a supportive environment and is also a great way for the social work programs around the state to highlight student accomplishments.

There will be designated times at the conference for you to present your work. The poster sessions will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019. You will be asked to stand with your poster 2 times during the day for 1.5 hours each time to discuss your poster with conference attendees as they walk through the poster session.

Poster Categories

Innovative programs or interventions from field placement (internship) experience. Innovative is defined as new ways to address old problems. Programs or interventions may include therapeutic models, funding sources, partnerships, or other cutting-edge ideas for helping social work clients or the social work profession.

Public policy that is current or relevant to social work practice. Public policy poster submissions must include the following: poster defines the social policy or issue clearly; poster states the policy as it currently is and analyzes its strengths and limitations; poster identifies vulnerable and at-risk populations and specific ways in which these groups are impacted by the current policy; poster incorporates the six core values of the social work profession identified in the NASW Code of Ethics into the overall policy analysis; poster states at least five recommendations to improve current policy. These recommendations should incorporate all levels of social work practice and may include examples of how other states have addressed this same policy issue.

Graduate research project or practice evaluation. This should be a completed project. This may be the student’s work OR something that a student worked on with a faculty member or community practitioner. (Masters students only)

Presentation Proposal Requirements

Submit a presentation proposal by February 25, 2019. Use this Student Poster Proposal Sheet when submitting your proposal. The proposal must include:

  • Your name and email address.
  • Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student.
  • Poster category (see above) and title of the presentation.
  • Three (3) learning/educational objectives for people who view your poster and hear your presentation.
  • 100 word abstract of presentation.

Size of poster: The poster should be no smaller than 2x3 and no larger than 3x4. It should be hard backed and appropriate for display on an easel. Tri-fold poster boards are acceptable as these will display on an easel but note that a tri-fold does not display as well as a flat poster.

Benefits of Presenting

Opportunity to show your work to peers and professional community.
Opportunity to network with other social workers (students and professionals).
Potential recognition of high-quality work in poster competition. One winner will be selected from each category, in addition to an overall BSW winner and an overall MSW winner. Winners will be announced at the annual awards luncheon on Friday.


An award will be given in each of the three categories. For categories one and two, there will be an award for a BSW and MSW student or team. For category three, there will be an award for an MSW student or team. There will also be an award for overall best poster. The awards will be presented at the awards luncheon on Friday.

Other Items of Note

Presentations should be creative and interesting.
Be prepared to discuss your poster.
Please put your name and the name of your school of the back of the poster.
You may submit proposals for team presentations. Please limit teams to six members or less.
Proposals should be submitted to Holly Barron, Executive Director of NASW-AR at by February 25, 2019, in Word format only.
Direct questions to Cynthia Wyman at


Save Money on Registration!

It pays to be a member of NASW Arkansas! Not only will you save $120 on your full conference registration, but you’ll have access to the free workshops and mini-conferences that we host around the state, online CEUs, free ethics consultations and much more. Join or renew your membership online today then come back and register for the conference as a member.

NASW Arkansas Annual Conference | Plenary Speakers

Thursday, March 27, 2019

8:00 am – 10:00 am | Welcome & Plenary I

Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement  


Scarlett is the mother of Jesse Lewis who was killed in his first-grade classroom during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, along with 19 classmates and 6 teachers and administrators in one of the worst school shootings in US history. She founded of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in honor of Jesse and to spread a message he left on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died, Nurturing Healing Love, the formula for choosing love, and to promote social and emotional education in schools and a consistent message of compassion in our communities.


Wednesday, March 28, 2019

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm | Plenary II

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow

Epiphany “Big Piph” Morrow  will perform Thursday afternoon using his skills as a veteran emcee to weave storytelling and music. Morrow, who grew up in Pine Bluff, is no stranger to using music as a tool for positive change. He is the coordinator for Global Kids-Arkansas, a nonprofit that works with urban youth, and has performed as a hip-hop ambassador in Gambia, Thailand, and Morocco, among other places.

Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Keynote Sponsors

Social Work Advocates’ Dinner Sponsor

Networking Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Alzheimer’s Arkansas
Arkansas State University Social Work Department
Arkansas Therapist Connection
Bradford Health Services
Care IV Home Health
Compass Intervention Center


American Addiction Centers

Arkansas Relay Services / Sprint

Arkansas State University Social Work Department

Arkansas Trauma Rehabilitation Program – UAMS

Banyan Treatment Center

Birch Tree Communities, Inc.

DHS – Division of Aging and Adult Services

Finnegan Health Services

First Step, Inc.

ICAN of Arkansas

Lakeland Behavioral Health System

Lakeside Behavioral Health System

Life Strategies of Arkansas

Methodist Family Health

Mid-South Health Systems

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Oasis Renewal Center

Pathfinder, Inc. Behavioral Health

Preferred Family Healthcare

Quapaw House Recovery & Wellness Center

TAP/Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

The Electronic Caregiver

Trinity Home Health


University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Social Work


Youth Home, Inc

Perspectives Behavioral Health Management
Piney Ridge Treatment Center
Pinnacle Point Outpatient Services
Pinnacle Pointe
Preferred Family Healthcare
PTSD Consultation Program
Quapaw House Recovery & Wellness Center
Red River Youth Academy

The Bridgeway
UAMS Adult Sickle Cell Program
University of Arkansas
White River Medical Center Behavioral Health
Woodridge Behavioral Care
Youth Home, Inc
Youth Villages