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 Register for Conference Today… but renew your membership first to get the best pricing!

To receive a reduced rate on our association conference, become a CASWE-ACFTS member or renew your membership before registering for the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Association membership runs from April 1st to March 31st of each year and provides you with many benefits, including a reduced rate to attend our conference during the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences!

Become a Member

In order to register for the association conference, you must first register as a participant of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. All conference attendees, including presenters, panelists and those wishing to attend sessions, must pay both the Congress fee and the CASWE-ACFTS conference fee. Register before March 31st for the Congress early bird rate!

Register for Congress and Conference

The 2018 CASWE-ACFTS Conference will be held at the University of Regina, from May 28 to May 31, 2018, in Regina, Saskatchewan. The theme selected for our national CASWE-ACTFS conference is “Honouring Reconciliation and Respecting our Differences”.  Read More.


Concurrent Session Schedule


  1. Reconciliation in Social Work Theory, Education, Research, and Practice
  2. ReStorying Social Work
  3. Revitalizing Efforts Towards Economic, Social and Environmental Justice
  4. Gathering Diversities: Bridging Communities and Supporting Partnerships
  5. Critical Reflections on Canadian Francophone Realities

  Artwork by Kathie Bird


  • Persons submitting a proposal agree to do so with the understanding they will abide by the Guidelines, as well as the decisions of the 2018 Conference Planning Committee and the Proposal Reviewers.
  • All Presenters must be members in good standing of CASWE-ACFTS or are a “Friend” of the Association (please contact Houssein Charmarkeh for more information on eligibility to become a CASWE-ACFTS friend at Charmarkeh@caswe-acfts.ca).
  • All Presenters are committed to register and attend the Conference must be available to present at any time during the conference. We regret we are unable to accommodate scheduling requests.
  • Failure to comply with the membership and registration requirements by April 30th, 2018, may result in the Presenter’s removal from the Conference program.
  • Please note that the lead Presenter may present only one proposal for this call. No Presenter may take part in more than two presentations (one main presentation and one adjunct role). A speaker may not be added following the submission of a proposal.
  • We encourage all presenters to have their presentations available in both French and English, and to submit their title and abstract in both official languages.

Audio/Visual Equipment

  • A basic data projector, projection screen, internet access, and sound system will be available at each session. Each room will be equipped with a computer, but you are welcome to bring your own device and cables to hook up to podiums. If you wish to rent additional equipment, please contact the CASWE-ACFTS office to make arrangements. Note that all presenters who rent additional equipment will be responsible for all fees.

Abstract Publication

  • All accepted abstracts and presenter/author information will be published in the conference program.

Proposal Submission Acknowledgement

  • Once your abstract is submitted, you will receive an automated email confirming the receipt of materials.

Proposal Evaluations

  • Proposals are peer-reviewed by two reviewers, and assessed based on the following:
    • Relevance of topic to the overall conference themes.
    • Clarity of writing.
    • Clarity of research method(s) and/or conceptual approach.
    • Clear articulation of theoretical framework.
    • Significance of critical social work practice, education, research, policy, and theory.

Proposal Status Notification

  • Emails regarding the status of proposals will be sent to all primary presenters by February 15th, 2018. If the proposal is accepted for presentation, no changes from the original submission may be made regarding the presentation.



  • The proposal should be detailed and include the conceptual focus and its relation to the conference theme.
  • Visual art should include a .jpeg attachment with the submission. Performance art and video should be no longer than 20 minutes (including discussion and set-up time). Video art should have a link to the video accompanying the abstract. Proposals should include information about space needs.
  • The 2018 Conference Planning Committee will review artworks submissions to accommodate these needs; however, artworks proposal acceptance is subject to time, space, and resource The art may be shown or performed at a special evening event.
  • Artists are responsible for the shipping and handling of their artwork to the conference and for obtaining insurance if they so choose.


  • This is a 90-minute, thematic discussion by four or more presenters to explore issues and new ideas facing the profession.
  • The primary presenter of the panel is responsible for organizing and coordinating the presenters and presentation, submitting the proposal, and introducing the topic and panel members. Panels should be interactive in their discussion by using a structured question and answer period or other means.


  • Papers will be grouped to form sessions on a common theme. Each paper will be allocated 20 minutes and presenters should allow time for a discussion period. If there are multiple presenters of a paper, the primary presenter will coordinate the paper presentation, including keeping time.

Pecha Kucha

  • Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where 20 slides are presented for 20 seconds each.
  • The presentation should be no longer than 6 minutes and 40 seconds.
  • The purpose of these presentations is to be concise about your topic of interest.
  • Slides should be timed to appear for 20 seconds to help keep you on time.
  • Multiple similarly themed abstracts will be accepted for the Pecha Kucha format.


  • Poster sessions are designed to highlight practice experiences, theories or research reports.
  • Posters are displayed for viewing throughout the conference, but there will be identified 30-minute time periods to present to and talk with interested conference participants. If there are sufficient poster proposals accepted, there will be two separate groups of posters during the conference.
  • Poster size: 8′ wide x 4′ high.


  • Roundtables are 90 minutes in length and include short oral presentations and discussions with a group seated around a table. Typically, the presentation is not more than 10 minutes and is followed by discussion and feedback. Each presenter is in charge of their roundtable format, but most will include an extended discussion component with ample time for questions. The proposal should detail the focus of the roundtable and the way(s) in which it contributes to the body of knowledge in social work.
  • Presenters should bring targeted questions to ask to learn from and with those attending.
  • Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and to elicit in-depth discussion on a particular topic.

Think Tank

  • A Think Tank is a 90-minute session focusing on a single issue or question.
  • The Think Tank leader(s) should organize the session by framing the issue/question and its relevant context.
  • Small groups will explore the issue or question, followed by a re-convening in a large group to identify what has been learned and next steps in action–based process. The proposal should succinctly identify the question or issue to be addressed, the relevant contextual factors, and the roles of the individual small groups (i.e., Will they each address the overall issue/question or a particular facet? Will they examine the issue/question from a particular viewpoint?). If the group is small, the discussion may take place among the group as a whole rather than in small groups.


  • A workshop is an interactive session designed to illustrate a set of techniques or to present a topic directly related to practice. Indicate workshop capacity, format and methodology (e.g. interactive learning, skills development). The Workshops are 90 minutes.



These special calls are co-hosted by a Committee or Caucus:


The Canadian Association for Social Work Education-Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS) aims to provide funding support to student members who have the most promising presentation submissions and who are registered to attend the Annual Conference of CASWE-ACFTS. Read More. 


All conference participants, including presenters, panelists, and those attending all sessions, must pay CASWE-ACFTS conference fees and the Congress fees. CASWE-ACFTS uses the funds raised to cover the costs of planning and conducting the conference. The conference fees for CASWE-ACFTS members are:

  • Faculty (Current or Retired) – $180.00
  • Field Educators – $165.00
  • Student (Current or Former) – $75.00
  • Honorary Life – $0.00

For non-members of CASWE-ACFTS:

  • Non-members (including students) – $270.00
  • Friend of the Association – $190.00


Please visit the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences  website for details on Congress fees.
Register by March 31st to take advantage of their early Bird rate!


DoubleTree by Hilton Regina

Please note that the Board of Directors, the Commissioners and the Editorial Board of the CSWR have rooms reserved in their names. An additional block of rooms has been reserved for the Deans and Directors, members of the Field Education Committee and Co-Chairs of committees and caucuses. If you are a member of one of these groups and require assistance, please contact Lise Larocque (bluewillowcommunications@gmail.com).

A further open block of rooms has been reserved for other CASWE-ACFTS conference attendees. Please book your room as soon as possible as they are on a first come first served basis and subject to availability. Should the Double Tree by Hilton Regina be full or you wish to stay elsewhere, the Congress website provides additional information on accommodation.



The University of Regina is pleased to offer the Congress 2018 Graduate Student Travel Awards. In an effort to make Congress accessible to graduate students and recent PhD graduates, the University of Regina is providing assistance to offset costs associated with attending Congress. Fully-qualified graduate students and recent PhD graduates will be able to apply for a subsidy towards accommodation, meal, and bookstore credits to facilitate participation at Congress 2018 to present papers, posters, or other creative works related to their research. Click here to find more about the award.



Digital storytelling is a simple yet powerful way to convey your story and share it with others. It’s fun to do, and you could win up to $300 for your story plus a one-year membership in CASWE-ACFTS! All submissions will be adjudicated by a panel of judges; the top entry will be shown at the CASWE-ACFTS conference Opening Ceremonies and prize will be awarded at that time. All entries will be available for viewing throughout the Opening Ceremonies. Read More.


Keynote Speaker: Raven Sinclair

Raven Sinclair is Nehiyaw-Cree from George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Researcher with the University of Regina, Saskatoon Campus. Raven is a survivor of the Sixties Scoop / Indigenous child welfare system. Her areas of interest include Indigenous mental health and trauma recovery, Indigenous child welfare, transracial adoption and cultural identity, interpersonal and non-violent communication, and group process and facilitation. Raven is an expert advisor to the Sixties Scoop Healing Foundation, an advisory board member of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute of Indigenous Health Research, and a member of the CIHR College of Reviewers. Raven is a chess addict, and she has a 13-year-old daughter, Mercedes, who gives her inspiration and hope for the future.


Keynote Speaker: Renée Brassard

Renée Brassard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Université Laval, as well as a researcher at the International Center for Comparative Criminology of Université de Montréal and at The Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence against Women (CRI-VIFF). Dr. Brassard is specialized in the field of the criminal justice and the Natives in Quebec, more specifically, on the prison trajectories of the native men in Quebec and programs of native spirituality within Quebec’s prisons. Between 2010-2014, she has leaded a large-scale study on the domestic violence to the native women in Quebec. She leads actually a study on the experience of domestic violence of the native men in Quebec and a study on Inuits and Cree justice profile in Nunavik and James Bay region.


Keynote Speaker: Pamela Pezoa

For the past three decades, Pamela Pezoa’s personal and professional life has been closely connected to the human rights movement and the struggles for the self-determination of one of the largest indigenous groups in Chile – the Mapuche peoples. As a student leader, she actively opposed the Pinochet military dictatorship (1973-1990) and spent time as a political prisoner in the Coronel prison (Concepción, Chile). Her husband Hector Llaitul, has been a spokeperson of the Arauco Malleco Coordinating Committee (CAM in Spanish), a Mapuche organization pressing for restitution of the traditional Mapuche lands. In the last 20 years, Hector has spent long periods of time incarcerated by the Chilean government for the activities that — CAM claims — have been part of the resistance to the waves of repression against indigenous groups in the south of Chile. Pamela continues to be involved in advocacy work that challenges the political persecution and re-victimization of the Mapuche communities. In her social work career, Pamela worked at the Special Program for Indigenous Peoples and for the Programme of Reparation and Comprehensive Care in the Field of Health and Human Rights (PRAIS) in the Araucaria Region in the Province of Arauco (2002-2015). As a facilitator of these programs, she made important contributions to citizens’ participation in health and made numerous investigations regarding human rights violations that took place during the military dictatorship. At present, she is a social worker for the Health Services of Concepción at the Traumatological Hospital where she is responsible for ensuring the quality of worklife.


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