Call for Papers | Social Work in Sports | October 15th 2015, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO

social-workSocial Work in Sports 2015: An Idea Whose Time Has Come will be a one-day symposium to discuss the role of social work in youth, high school, collegiate, amateur and professional sports. Potential oral and poster presentation topics include youth development, student-­‐athlete development, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault in collegiate and professional sports, high school or college athletes and community outreach, women in sports, sports focused community programs and program evaluation, athlete mental health, sports and social justice, and more. In sum, Social Work in Sports 2015 is accepting proposals that explore the intersection of social work content areas or social education and sports. We welcome conceptual papers, works in progress, and completed research.

The oral presentation format is a 12-­‐minute Ted Talk “like” presentation with questions to follow all presentations in the focus area. Preliminary focus areas will be the various levels of sport -­‐ youth, high school, collegiate/amateur and professional sports. The focus areas may change based on abstract submissions.


  • Abstracts are due Friday, August 21st 2015
  • Submission email:
  • Format: 12-­‐point font and 1 inch margins
  • Word Count: 400 (excluding title, 2 learning objectives & up to 3 keywords)
  • Abstracts will undergo a blind-­‐review process
  • All abstracts MUST be submitted electronically as a Word attachment
  • The email message accompanying the abstract should include: the author’s name, email address, telephone number, proposed focus area(s), and whether the proposal is for an oral or poster presentation
  • Submission of abstract(s) indicates the intent to register for the symposium
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification will be sent Friday, September 4th 2015

Evaluation Criteria

  • Relevance to focus areas, social work practice and/or social work education
  • Technical Quality: Clear ideas, arguments and theory
  • Innovation: Promotion of new ideas, practices in social education
  • Impacts Broader Movement of Social Work in Sports
  • Feasibility: Can the content be presented in a 12-­‐minute Ted Talk format?

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