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Apply to Be a Presenter at the 2023 NASW-NJ Annual Conference

Lead the Conversation, Be a Thought Leader.
Call for Papers Now Open.

In person and virtual options available.

About the Conference: The NASW-NJ Annual Conference is one of the largest social work conferences in the nation and attracts global attendees for three days of intensive learning and dialogue. Our presenters play a critical role in this conference, leading important conversations, inspiring dialogue, and sharing best practices.

The 2023 Annual Conference will be held in-person in Atlantic City, NJ in April 2023.The conference will feature keynotes, plenary sessions, and workshops. Some sessions will be live; we anticipate several will be hybrid for those who wish to participate remotely, and others on-demand. We invite proposals for all formats.

NASW-NJ’s 2023 Annual Conference will examine the theme: Historical Moments & Social Movements: Responding Clinically and Advocating Collectively.

As a profession, social work is rooted in person-centered connections, building upon our individual and collective strengths to create significant positive change at the individual and societal levels. 

Key moments in our personal and collective histories have served as turning points and the crux for social workers to seek and create broad change. As we face challenges of global and historical proportion in our ever-evolving world, now more than ever the social work profession is called to action. 

The 2023 NASW-NJ Annual Conference draws us to these focal points—where moments can be leveraged to create movement—as we identify strengths, build capacity for change, and challenge ourselves to have critical conversations about our goals and paths forward and mapping out, together, how to move forward as agents of change.

Please make sure that your proposal addresses these key themes.

We are particularly interested in several areas of expertise, including: Advanced Clinical evidence-based theories and other intervention methods with individuals and families; School Social Work; Child Protective Services; Drug and Alcohol; and Macro Social Work.

We encourage you to share your knowledge and experience with your colleagues through two-hour workshops. You will not only receive maximum exposure by presenting at the statewide conference, but you will have the opportunity to engage and establish thought leadership among your colleagues.

We are very interested in new presentations, ideas and innovations that have not yet been presented at social work conferences or in professional spaces.

Workshop proposals are assigned for continuing education credits as clinical, general, social/cultural competence, and/or ethics.

Please plan your workshop for an intermediate to advanced audience. 

The deadline for proposals is October 4, 2022. All submissions must come through our online submission process. The selection process is a blind peer review process. Please do not put identifying information anywhere on the proposal you are uploading. Please note there is a limit of 3 proposal submissions per presenter and a maximum of 2 proposal acceptances per presenter.

Criteria for Presenters (Updated 9-16-22):

  • Five years of experience in the particular area of instruction; or a graduate degree in the particular area (an MSW is sufficient); and,
  • For Clinical Workshops: Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychologist, Board certified psychiatrist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or Medical Doctor.
  • For Non-Clinical Workshops: Must possess an academic degree in social work (BSW, MSW, DSW, PhD in Social Work; certification or licensure in social work is not required), OR certification or licensure as a psychologist, Board certified psychiatrist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or Medical Doctor
  • Willingness to present to a large audience of up to 100 or more.

Guidelines for Submission - limit of 3 proposal submissions per presenter

ONLINE SUBMISSION ONLY. If you require a medical accommodation for submission, please contact Helen French at  

The title page and proposal must be double-spaced. The format is as follows:

Title page – List workshop title (12 words or less) and the proposed CEU credit classification (clinical/general/social-cultural/ethics) on this page. For a workshop to qualify for clinical credits, at least 1 presenter must be an LCSW, LPC, LMFT or clinical psychologist.

Abstract – Submit an abstract of 50 words or less, which summarizes your workshop. If selected, the abstract will appear in the conference brochure and all advertising materials, so make it descriptive and appealing for potential attendees.

Workshop Description – The workshop must be two (2) hours in duration and applicable to either in person or virtual learning. The proposal must be between 300-500 words, excluding the abstract and the bibliography. All proposals must demonstrate integration of anti-racist theories and practice in social work. In keeping with NASW‘s nondiscriminatory policies, language must be bias-free. Each page should have the title of the proposal at the top. 

The following must be included:              

  • A detailed description of the workshop content; and
  • A clear statement of the workshop’s relevance to social work practice or knowledge; and
  • A clear statement of how this information ties into power, privilege and dimensions of social identities, and how the knowledge gained will relate to social justice
  • 2-3 learning objectives or goals for attendees of the workshop, with specific skills to be obtained from participating in the workshop; and
  • Bibliography or reference, references should be within the last 5 years (for APA Guide, see References here:
  • Disclosure of whether this workshop has been presented to an NASW-NJ Annual Conference in the previous three years. If so, include a statement on what materials and references have been updated from the previous workshop.

Resume – A vita or resume for each presenter must be submitted. There is a maximum of 2 presenters per 2-hour workshop. Presenters cannot be changed or added later, unless approved by NASW-NJ. Please include full name, all academic degrees, certification or licensure status, job title and employer, work phone, home address, e-mail address, and home phone as well as a listing of previous workshop or presentations. Workshop topic dates and sponsoring organization must be included in this list. One copy of each presenter’s resume must be submitted.

Mandatory Presenter Orientation – A mandatory orientation is required to present at our 2023 Annual Conference. If your proposal is selected, dates will be made available to you at least three months in advance.

Please comply with all the above criteria for your proposal to be reviewed.

If you have questions, please reach out to Helen French at

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