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DEADLINE: January 5th, 2018


The 2018 CASWE-ACFTS Planning Conference Committee is seeking abstracts and proposals for papers, panels, and presentations at the 2018 CASWE-ACFTS Conference at Congress 2018 at the University of Regina, May 28 to May 31, 2018, in Regina, Saskatchewan. The University of Regina Faculty of Social Work is the only degree-granting program in the province. Our faculty has agreements with First Nations University of Canada, Yukon College, and Aurora College. Our focus is unique with an emphasis on program delivery to remote rural communities, and a promotion of diversity, social justice, and empowerment.

The 2018 Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences theme “Gathering Diversities – mâmawinitotân nanâtohk-ayisiyiniwak evokes the idea of bringing people together in the spirit of building community. The theme selected for our national CASWE-ACTFS conference is “Honouring Reconciliation and Respecting our Differences”.

Reconciliation has significance across the country where respecting and supporting Indigenous cultures and Indigenous social participation are fundamental to our collective sustainability.  Honouring the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission requires social work to take action and implement the Calls to Action in social work pedagogy, research, and practice.

The selection of this theme is also based on our desire to inspire all people to work towards reconciliation and revitalization of common bonds of humanity, to celebrate uniqueness, and to transcend divisions and collectively confront adversities.  At our conference, we invite you to participate in restorying social work theory, education, research and practice in ways that honour the spirit of reconciliation and respect our differences. We seek to confront and transform pressing issues of social injustice, the violence and divisiveness of contemporary political rhetoric, the politics of neoliberal governance and austerity, as well as displacement, forced migration, and belonging /exclusion.



1) Reconciliation in Social Work Theory, Education, Research, and Practice

  • Indigenizing social work theory, pedagogy, research, and practice
  • Challenging the many facets of neo-colonialism and settler colonialism including individual, institutional and systemic racism and racial micro and macro aggressions
  • Indigenous resistance and narratives/theories/praxes of resilience and resistance
  • Indigenous knowledge of healing and resolution

2) ReStorying Social Work  

  • Sharing advances in clinical modalities and practice
  • Crafting new narratives about social work’s role in society
  • Exploring developments in administration and administrative social work
  • Examining the impact of decolonizing and Indigenizing social work in research, theory, pedagogy, and practice.

3) Revitalizing Efforts Towards Economic, Social and Environmental Justice

  • Challenging cultural and socioeconomic hegemonies in the age of austerity
  • Environment, sustainability and the neoliberal governance (or Environmental justice and sustainability in the globalized world)
  • Social work in neoliberal society: relationships, dependencies, and obligations
  • Displacement, forced migration, belonging and social participation

4) Gathering Diversities: Bridging Communities and Supporting Partnerships

  • Community-based research with rural and Northern communities
  • Social work practice/research/ education from diverse worldviews
  • Arts-informed social work practice/research/education
  • Intersectionality and social welfare; embracing queer, disabled, and racialized identities
  • Animals, social work, & community healing
  • Communication, vulnerabilities & social work

5) Critical Reflections on Canadian Francophone Realities

  • Creating spaces for Francophone identities, cultures, and communities
  • Francophone social work: successes, challenges, and lessons learned
  • Preventing linguistic erosion in Canadian Francophone communities, institutions, and postsecondary education
  • Looking to the future: new alliances and opportunities in supporting Francophone youth in Canada


Submission Requirements

The 2018 Conference Planning Committee invites proposals that meet the following guidelines:

  • Proposals must be submitted by January 5th, 2018 to be considered for acceptance and must include the following information:
  • Presenters: Full name, title, organization or affiliation, mailing address, phone, email address.
  • Please ensure that you include correct spelling of each name. If relevant, identify the lead presenter/discussion leader or artist.
  • All submissions must include: Title and abstract (250-word limit, not including title).

Presenter Requirements

  • 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 6th, 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 resources. 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.



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.



The Membership system is currently closed and will reopen for 2018-2019 membership on February 1st, 2018. For further information, please contact  member.membre@caswe-acfts.ca.



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



More information is available on the Congress website: Congress 2018.



Please note that the Board of Directors, the Commissioners and CSWR have rooms reserved in their names. An additional block of rooms has been reserved for Deans and Directors. Please contact CASWE-ACFTS office (charmarkeh@caswe-acfts.ca) if you are part of these groups. A further open block of rooms has been reserved for other CASWE-ACFTS conference attendees at the DoubleTree by Hilton Regina. 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.




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