Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for the 58th Annual Meeting and Conference

The Theme of This Year’s Conference is:

Social Workers as Leaders: Our intentional evolution within health care communities

If you would like to be considered as a presenter for the 2023 conference, please complete this online submission application.

Abstracts submission has been extended through May 12, 2023.

The attendees at the annual conference are reflective of the diverse settings and levels of practice and leadership of health care social workers. We are encouraging abstracts that focus on the Society’s areas of emphasis including:

  • Advocacy
  • Best practices in health care
  • Clinical models
  • Community partnerships
  • Innovative programming
  • Leadership development
  • Use of self in leadership

Session Submissions

Intensive Workshops

A full day (eight hour) class offering in-depth examination of a specific topic. These courses are highly interactive and feature nationally recognized experts in the field. They require an additional registration fee. Abstracts for the intensives are being accepted for the following specialty areas of practice:

  • Pediatric Social Work
  • New Graduates (presentations specific to those new to the field of social work)

Concurrent Workshop

A structured sixty (60) minute presentation of a concept, model, theoretical framework, knowledge or skill area, with some time for questions and discussion or a presentation that describes a particular program, practice, or model that has potential applicability to other settings.

  • Use of audio-visuals and handouts is expected as well as some basic “how to” tools and resources.
  • Description, analysis, evaluation, and lessons learned should be included where relevant.
  • Presenter should be knowledgeable in the topic area, or have produced/examined a successful, transferrable model for practice.

Poster Session

Posters are visual displays of educational material, successful projects, graphs, diagrams, narratives, or educational videos. Three awards will be conferred for posters that promote social work excellence in the following areas: clinical expertise, leadership, and working with specific populations.

Instructions for Proposal Submissions

  • All presentations are for educational purposes only, not for the sale of goods or services.
  • Your participation does not guarantee reimbursement of any faculty expenses including conference registration, honorarium, travel, hotel and/or per diem.
  • Your completed contact information
  • Abstract summary of approximately 75 words (550 characters)
  • Long Form Abstract (up to 500 works) – to provide reviewers a more in-depth description of your presentation. 
  • Three learning objectives
  • The CV for each presenter
  • A statement of any conflicts of interest for each presenter

And answers to the following questions:

  • A brief summary of  any research and data sets that you anticipate including in your presentation 
  • An overview of how your method and/or recommendations compare with current models and/or practices
  • An assessment of any risks involved with implementing the recommendations in your presentation
  • Identification of the  target audience for your presentation, choosing all that apply
    • Academia
    • Acute care
    • Adults
    • Aging
    • Behavioral Health
    • Case Management
    • Chronic Care
    • Community Based Practice
    • Data Collection, Analysis, and Application in Social Work Services and Management
    • Home Health/Hospice
    • Leadership
    • Pediatrics
    • Rehabilitation
    • Other


The abstract review will be completed and decisions made in early May. To protect the integrity of the review and notification process, SSWLHC cannot release status information to co-authors or third parties.

If you have any questions about the Call for Abstracts, please contact the SSWLHC Main Office at 888-859-8832 or email