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2020 NASW-Oklahoma State Conference, "Social Workers Generations Strong"
March 13-14 | Midwest City



The NASW-Oklahoma Conference Planning Committee seeks submissions for presentations/workshops relevant to critical and emerging social work topics (education, practice, research, etc.) across the social work career span for the 44th Annual NASW-Oklahoma State Conference.


Deadline to submit is December 18, 2019, 11:59pm.


**The link to submit a proposal is at the bottom of this page. Please review all information before inputting your submission.





Presentation Topics


We're seeking proposals on a variety of topics but are especially interested in those incorporating the conference theme, "Elevate Social Work", in the following areas:

  • Ethics
  • Health/Medical
  • Behavioral & Mental Health
  • Self-Care
  • Practice Management
  • Veteran's Issues
  • Children & Family
  • Leadership
  • School Social Work
  • Aging and End of Life
  • Indian Health or Services
  • Opioid/Substance Abuse
  • Criminal Justice/Incarceration
  • Social Work Advocacy
  • Supervision
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Ability Issues
  • Minority Issues


Submission Review Tracks: Academic Juried & Standard Review


Academic Juried Review

Intended for original research studies (exploratory, quasi-experimental, experimental), a submission in the Academic Juried Review track will receive a rigorous advanced academic review. It will be reviewed for ethical and methodological quality, contribution to social work knowledge and/or practice, as well as documented references and sources. This review process is designated primarily for academicians planning to include its acceptance on their academic vita.

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Standard Review

A submission in the Standard Review track will be reviewed for relevance to current social work knowledge and/or practice, as well as documented references and sources. This review process is designed primarily for practitioners and other professionals who want to help build knowledge and skills within a specific level or area of practice.

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All submissions will be evaluated on the following:

  • The title of the presentation.
  • Three learning objectives.
  • A brief 30-word summary that supports the learning objectives for the conference program.
  • A 300-500 word abstract that includes a description of the topic and purpose the proposed presentation, including identification of the target audience and a description of the format. Please describe how time will be allotted to presenters, discussion, Q&A, etc., as applicable. Audience interactivity strongly encouraged.
  • Citations and references, as applicable. (Include in abstract field, will not count against your abstract word count.)

Submissions will rated according to 


these guidelines.




  • Completed proposals shall be submitted via email to Proposals or mailed to the NASW-Oklahoma Chapter Office.
  • Submitted proposals sent via email must be designated in the subject line as "Proposal Submission"
  • Proposals submitted for the 2020 State Conference must provide complete contact information (name including credentials, title, organization, email address and NASW-Oklahoma member/non-member status) for all presenters.
  • Each proposal must include
    • 30 word summary for the conference program,
    • Minimum of three (3) clearly-stated learning objectives,
    • 300-500 word abstract (including source citations within text of abstract),
    • A biographical paragraph for each presenter must be submitted for each proposal. Presenter’s credentials should be included in the biographical paragraph. Bios should be about 50 words per presenter.
  • Submissions should fall under at least one of the following practice tracks: Aging & Disabilities, Behavioral & Mental Health, Child, Family & Schools, Community and Administration, Health & Medical, Professional Development, Social Work Education




At the direction of the NASW-Oklahoma Board of Directors, the Professional Development Committee of NASW-Oklahoma has developed guidelines regarding approval of ethics courses for social workers.

  1. The workshop must reflect a majority of the six ethical standards listed in the  2017 revised NASW Code of Ethics including Service, Social Justice, Dignity and Worth of the Person, Importance of Human Relationships, Integrity and Competence.
  2. Background of presenter should reflect competence in ethics training.
  3. Workshop must demonstrate relevance to social work practice.
  4. Workshop should allow time for discussion of implications for social work practice.
  5. Workshop must reflect involvement of, or consultation with, a degreed social worker.




 Deadline to submit is December 18, 2019, 11:59pm.


  • Submissions by NASW Members preferred. Not a member? Click here to explore the benefits of membership & join now!

  • All presenters, including co-presenters, are strongly encouraged to register for conference. Presenters will be offered   a substantial discount during Early Bird Registration.

  • Presentations must run a duration of 1 hour, 1.5 hours, or 2 hours in length to meet NASW-Oklahoma requirements to grant attendees CEUs.
  • Presenters are required to submit a session handout for inclusion in the conference app.
  • Please pencil Friday-Saturday, March 13 & 14, into your calendar. Presenters submitting proposals for presentation are expected to block out the full conference dates to ensure availability and further agree to make every effort to accommodate the date and time assigned to them for presentation.
  • Individuals submitting abstracts will be notified of their acceptance or non-acceptance into the 2020 conference program during the month of January, 2020.**Please check your Spam folder if you have not received notification by this date.


ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? Click on "I got questions"


Contact Steven Pharris, NASW-Oklahoma Chapter Executive at "I got questions."



Proposal Submissions PORTAL


By submitting a proposal to the NASW-Oklahoma State Conference, you are attesting to have read the Submission Review Tracts, Standards for Review, Guidelines for Submissions, Evaluation Criteria, and agree to present within the designated   time frames. NASW-Oklahoma will make every attempt to honor requests for a specific date and/or time, but cannot   provide a guarantee such requests can be met.


Submissions via the PROPOSAL SUBMISSION PORTAL will include a reference number.




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