2024 Call for Proposals

Apply to present at the 2024 NASW Virginia and Metro DC Joint Annual Conference

Thank you for your interest in being a presenter. We are now accepting session proposals for our 2024 NASW Virginia and Metro DC Annual Conference.

Please complete the short form below to apply. You will need to submit your background, credentials, and contact information, as well as the title, course description, learning objectives, and logistics related to your proposed session, course, or workshop. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

The deadline to be considered as a presenter is September 29, 2023.

About presenting at the NASW Virginia and Metro Joint Annual Conference

The 2024 NASW Virginia and Metro DC Annual Conference will be held in-person in Norfolk, Virginia on March 21-23, 2024 and again live online from April 18-20, 2024. 

All presenters must be available to deliver their session twice – once in-person in Norfolk during the March 2024 dates and once virtually during the April 2024 dates. Each session will be two hours long.

All submissions will be reviewed by the chapter Conference Review Committee, and all session decisions are final. You will be notified no later than October 27 if you have been selected as a conference presenter.

The committee is composed of social work volunteers from a diverse group of specialties. The group draws on recent member and conference attendee feedback, as well as their own working knowledge of emerging practices and high-priority social justice issues when making session selections.

The group also aims to compose a conference agenda that is diverse, meaningful, inclusive, engaging, and as timely as possible for social workers in all specialties.  

The committee is particularly interested in reviewing proposals on the following topics:

  • Trauma
  • Telehealth
  • Ethics
  • Race and social work
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • New techniques and approaches
  • Addiction
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Social work research
  • Technology
  • Private practice growth
  • Child and youth issues

As you draft your proposal, keep in mind that the typical conference audience is:

  • Composed of 500+ professional social workers including students and other allied behavioral health professionals who work in a wide variety of practice settings including community mental health, private practice, hospital settings, school settings, administration and supervision settings, and child welfare.
  • Composed of a high percentage (75%) of social workers that have 10 or more years of experience.

Session proposals should be geared toward the intermediate and advanced level of learning. Please note that in order to accommodate the majority of our professionals advanced-level learning is preferred, as indicated by past surveys.

The chapter appreciates the donation of time and travel and associated fees to help us provide the best conference for our members. However, at its discretion it will provide some limited reimbursement for travel costs and/or speaker fees. If interested in reimbursement, please contact Jaime Strohhacker at professionaldevelopment.naswva@socialworkers.org. Presenters will also receive a 20% discount on their full conference registration.

Many boards recognize professional presentations, which may be eligible for CE hours. Please refer back to your licensing board