Call for Papers | “Integrated Behavioral Health for Athletes” | The Alliance for Social Workers in Sports 5th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium, Denver, Colorado, October 21–23, 2019. Call ends May 10, 2019


The Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) is proud to release the call for papers for its 5th Annual Social Work in Sports Symposium. The overall theme of this year’s conference is integrated behavioral health for athletes. The symposium will bring together the spectrum of behavioral, mental, and physical health professionals who aim to positively influence the mental health and functioning of athletes. In college, professional, and Olympic sports there is a movement towards integrated behavioral health teams that include physicians, trainers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, and other licensed professional counselors. The theme of this conference represents our efforts to bring these professions together, to present and discuss emerging evidence-based practice, and to embrace various perspectives that will help promote the positive health and well-being of athletes.

ASWIS is seeking presentations in some of the following areas: (1) clinical practice with athletes, (2) research studies focusing on athlete health and well-being, (3) strategies for interprofessional collaboration across sport, and (4) advocacy efforts to influence the governance and politics of sports towards social and economic justice.

This year’s symposium will take place from Monday, October 21st through Wednesday, October 23rd, prior to the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Annual Conference. The conference location is the downtown area of Denver, Colorado. To learn more about the event please visit:

This year’s symposium will offer four presentation types (e.g., poster presentations, 12-minute Ted Talk style presentations, 45-minute interactive workshops, and 45-minute panel discussions). These are in addition to keynote and featured speakers.

All proposals seeking priority decisions must be submitted by Friday, May 10, 2019 at 8:00pm (EST). Authors will receive notification of acceptance by Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8:00pm (EST). Proposals submitted after May 10, 2019 will be considered until the conference slate is full. The deadline for any consideration is Friday, August 16, 2019 at 8:00pm (EST).

Presentation formats

Interactive Poster Presentations: The interactive poster is a great way to engage conference participants by presenting a topic with graphics and visual aids on a poster board. Poster presentation sessions are 50 minutes in length. Posters should be no more than 4’ x 6’ in order to fit on the poster boards (smaller sizes are acceptable). Poster presenters stand beside their posters and discuss their work one-on-one or in small groups with symposium attendees.

Ted Talk Style Presentations: Ted Talk style presentations are a great way to engage conference participants by orally presenting clinical practice strategies, research findings, collaboration efforts, or advocacy efforts in a 12-minute presentation with a three (3) minute Q&A follow-up. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a short PowerPoint (or alternate media) to accompany their presentation.

Interactive Workshops: Interactive workshops will be 45 minutes in length. These workshops should provide a thorough background and rationale into one of the symposium themes. Workshops should include significant interactive activities that allow participants to practically apply concepts taught. The workshop should also have three clear learning objectives.

Panel Discussion: Panel discussiosn feature three (3) to four (4) presenters providing information on a particular subject. Each panelist will have two minutes to introduce themselves. Panelists will then have seven (7) minutes of uninterrupted sharing of their perpectiveo on the topic. Remaining time will be spent on questions and answers from the audience.

Submission Guidelines

All abstracts must be electronically submitted as a Microsoft Word attachment and must contain the following information and conform to the following format requirements:

    • Single-spaced,
    • One-inch margins,
    • Times New Roman (12-point) font, and
    • 500-word maximum abstract for poster and Ted Talk presentations and 800-word maximum abstract for interactive workshops and panel discussions (be sure to include the learning objectives for all interactive workshop proposals).

Note: References should be used in your abstract. Please cite references in-text and in a reference page at the end of your abstract. References are not included in the maximum word count for abstract submission. ASWIS follows APA guidelines and standards.

Submission of abstract(s) indicates the intent of the presenter(s) to register for the conference at the appropriate registration fee. Abstracts submitted to this symposium should not be concurrently submitted for consideration to another conference.

Abstract Format

Line 1: Type of session desired (e.g., poster presentation, Ted Talk presentation, or interactive workshop)
Line 2: Three to four keywords that will help the program coordinator schedule similar topics in succession
Line 3: Author(s) and institution(s) names
Line 4: Presentation title
Line 5 to end: Text of abstract (including references)


Email completed proposals to In your email please include the corresponding author’s contact information. Abstracts will undergo a multi-person, blind-review process to determine acceptance. If you have specific questions about abstracts please contact Dr. Matt Moore (

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