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2016 Annual Conference

March 30, 2016 - April 1, 2016

Social Work: With People, By People, For People

March 30 – April 1, 2016

Wyndham Riverfront • North Little Rock

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Request for Proposals

NASW Arkansas invites YOU to submit a proposal for consideration at the 2016 Annual Conference. This year’s conference theme challenges social workers to recognize they are leaders working with a variety of people to provide knowledge, skills, and common values to help others identify strengths, overcome adversity, and fulfill potential. In this truly unprecedented time we cannot forget what we are here to do – improve the lives of people!

Conference presentations should offer evidence-based information that focuses on best practices and skill building for social work practice. Proposals can incorporate the conference theme and should include adequate information for evaluation through a blinded peer-reviewed process. Proposals are encouraged in all Social Work practice areas, and at all levels of practice: micro, mezzo, or macro.

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

Aging & Disabilities
Behavioral & Mental Health
Child, Family & Schools
Community and Administration
Health & Medical
Professional & Career
Social Work Education

Submissions are evaluated on the following points:

Grounded in social work theory or practice base
Well-organized and relates to clearly stated learning objectives
Offers opportunities for attendees to develop competency and build or enhance practice skills
Timely and relevant for micro, mezzo or macro practice, policy or research
Applicable tools and techniques are included in the presentation
Incorporates findings relative to current practice approaches
Incorporates the NASW Standards of Practice, NASW Clinical Indicators, and/or policies from Social Work Speaks

Submission Requirements

Completed proposals shall be submitted by email only. Proposals shall be emailed to Proposals submitted in any other way will not be considered. When submitting your proposal, provide a cover sheet that includes the following information:

Complete contact information (name and credentials, title, organization, phone number, email address)
Title of Presentation
Abstract for the conference program (50 words or less)
Preferred presentation time (indicate 1st and 2nd choice):

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 – 9:00 pm, 1.5 or 3 hour presentations
Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, 3 hour presentations
Thursday, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, 1.5 hour presentations
Friday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, 3 hour presentations
Friday, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm, 2 hour presentations

We are especially, but not exclusively, interested in the following areas of social work. Please identify if your proposal falls under one of these conference tracks:

Clinical Social Work Interventions
Administration/Supervision/Practice Management
Children, Youth, and Families
Suicide Prevention
Court System and Criminal Justice
Human Trafficking
Addictions and Substance Use
Protective Services and Domestic Violence
Eating Disorders
School Social Work


NASW Arkansas will provide a podium with standard microphone, power point projector, laptop, and a screen in each breakout room. All equipment, including laptops, 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 4, 2016.

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 online, 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 4, 2016. Handouts will be printed double-sided and in black/white. To have your handouts included online, they must be turned into the NASW office no later than March 4, 2016, as well. Please email handouts to
Deadline for Proposals

The final deadline for proposal submission for this conference is December 15, 2015 at 5 p.m. If your proposal is accepted for the conference, you may attend the conference on the day that you present free of charge. If you wish to attend sessions on additional days, the normal conference rates apply.


March 30, 2016
April 1, 2016
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Wyndham Riverfront
2 Riverfront Place
North Little Rock, AR 72114 United States
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