Call for Contributors
The 2nd Annual Social Work and Law National Symposium exists to harness energy, passion, and wisdom to advance the field of forensic social work and the capacity of forensic social work practitioners. This is a future forward event bringing together educators, researchers, community practitioners, justice-oriented leaders, and students for synergistic learning collaboration.

We seek dynamic contributors to use our virtual spaces to engage audiences in thought-provoking presentations, workshops, interactive discussions, inspirational talks, and exhibits focused on advancing knowledge, skills, and abilities, around forensic social work practice including the intersection of social work and law as related to this year's theme, "Advancing Humanity, Solidarity, and Justice into the Future"

Join our efforts to shape the future of forensic social work as well as to make a national and global impact toward justice and change by contributing to this year's symposium. 

Successful proposals will clearly align with this year's theme and relate to identified learning areas. Prospective presenters are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that emphasize diversity, equity, inclusion as well as involve interdisciplinary, cross-professional, and/or active student collaboration. Proposals related to a broad range of topics focused on the following learning areas are welcome.

Knowledge, Research, & Advocacy
  • Children & Families
  • Crime, Delinquency, and Justice
  • Community Corrections
  • Community Policing
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual & Developmental Disability
  • Social Policy, Social Justice
  • Values & Ethics

Practice & Skills
  • Assessment
  • Court & Court Process
  • Forensic Education
  • Forensic Research
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Safety & Risk Management
  • Self Care
  • Teaching Practice & Student Learning 
  • Treatment with Forensic Populations

Presentation: Prepare an informative lecture that expands the knowledge base and/or raises the consciousness of attendees related to a learning area aligned with this year's theme. 45-minutes in length.

Workshop: Prepare a practical interactive session that engages attendees in learning concepts and skills related to a learning area aligned with this year's theme. 45-minutes in length.

Roundtable Discussion: Prepare an interactive session that engages attendees in thought-provoking reflective discourse related to a learning area aligned with this year's theme. A minimum of 3 discussants (maximum of 5) to offer 5-7 minute presentation on the chosen topic. The organizer/moderator must indicate the different perspectives that will be offered on the chosen topic. The majority of the session must be devoted to dialogue between discussants and attending audience. 45-minutes in length.

Ted-like Talk: Prepare a dynamic and engaging presentation that informs attendees and/or presents a call to action related to a learning area aligned with this year's theme. The presentation should include an awareness of current knowledge on the subject. The proposal must indicate the importance of the topic to this year's theme. 12-15-minutes in length.

Exhibition for the Social Work and Law Symposium is a virtual platform to provide information about an advocacy campaign, inspirational idea, cutting-edge research, services as well as personal and professional stories pertinent to the national audience. Prospective exhibitors will be solely responsible for the facilitation of their session and maintaining event connections. Exhibit types include visual displays in the form of posters, banners, pamphlets, storied images, flyers, expressive arts (e.g., drawings, paintings, poetry, etc.), books, and other types of information. Exhibits should be accompanied by a clear statement of purpose. Exhibitor should be prepared to respond to attendee questions during their 10-minute session.

Deadline for receipt of proposals is June 21, 2023

Event: September 28-29, 2023
Location: Virtual
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