SWDE 2023 Virtual Conference
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Global Dimensions in Social Work Distance Education

Call for Proposals closes November 1, 2022

Now more than ever, the social work profession is called to action as our world is impacted by social, economic, environmental, and cultural justice issues on a global platform. During this time of an increasingly interdependent and interconnected world, the social work profession is challenged to incorporate a global perspective in education, practice, and research that is culturally informed for the 21st century.  

The infusion of global social work concepts into curricula empowers students at all levels to gain an understanding of how global events impact social work practice, policy, and research. The Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) (2022) advocates for a “global perspective” and outlines student competencies to “engage anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) in practice” and “advance human rights and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice”. 

In congruence with recommendations of the CSWE Commission on Global Social Work Education, the 2023 SWDE conference will focus on the development and inclusion of a worldview of social work curricula, research, and practice. SWDE invites social work faculty from around the world to share pedagogical approaches for global social work, to demonstrate existing trends and methods of merging best practices globally, and to establish strategies that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppressive practice in social work distance education.

Proposals should focus on one or more of the following three (3) core components:


  • Focus on existing and emerging global trends and international social issues, highlighting their relevance to social work distance education, research, and practice.
  • Explore policy implications and identify teaching considerations that impact global social work distance education, research, and practice.
  • Incorporation of global and international issues into social work curriculum, research, and practice.
  • Innovative social work distance education curriculum and best practices that encompass content on global social issues/social work practice.


  • Development and implementation of teaching modules, research, and literature that advance global and international issues in social work distance education.
  • Distance curriculum or field education opportunities that provide international experiential learning opportunities for students and/or faculty.
  • Research and publications that promote learning and exchange on global and international issues in social work distance education and practice.


  • Promoting awareness of human rights domestically and internationally within social work distance education.
  • Integration of advocacy and support for human rights in social work distance education curricula, research, and social work practice.
  • Integration of human rights and social, economic, environmental, and cultural justice perspectives in research, publication, social work distance education, and social work practice.


  1. Proposals submitted should be related to the conference theme "Global Dimensions in Social Work Distance Education".
  2. Proposals should relate to social work distance education. This may include schools and programs offering “completely online” distance degree programs, or programs that are “hybrid/blended” that include both online and live interaction.
  3. No more than two (2) proposals can be submitted from the same primary author.
  4. Proposal should have a max of four (4) presenters (one primary plus up to three (3) co-presenters).
  5. Accepted proposals may require additional information and materials prior to presentation.
  6. Bilingual (English/Spanish) presentation proposals accepted.
  7. All proposals will be blind peer reviewed.
  8. To foster an interactive and robust conference experience, all proposals accepted will be presented live through a virtual platform. A pre-recorded presentation option will not be offered.
  9. All sessions providing continuing education credits will be recorded.
  10. Proposal character limits: Abstract (max. 500), Text (max 3500), References (max 2500)


There are five (5) Track Focus categories available and four (4) Session Format options available. 

The Planning Committee will make every effort to honor preferred categories and formats, however, may request adaptions when necessary to ensure the most streamlined conference flow.

Track Focus Categories

Five (5) possible track focus categories are available. Proposals must choose only one track category.


Topics may include, but are not limited to: Innovative pedagogical approaches to deliver field curriculum, the role of field instructors/faculty liaisons in curriculum development, effective pedagogical use of technology for placement development, assessment, supervision, and orientation. Content regarding use of performance tracking software and online services is also encouraged.


Topics may include, but are not limited to: Innovative curriculum development, Learning Management Systems (LMS) and supportive tools, best pedagogical practices, interdisciplinary and collaborative pedagogical approaches, innovative assignments/exercises, and community building while delivering BSW, MSW, or PhD/DSW curriculum.


Online program administration presents a unique set of challenges. Needs and support systems vary from program to program and we’d like proposals submitted that introduce us to and expand upon these different challenges to include: faculty recruitment and retention, how reliant a program is upon adjuncts, tenure track faculty members, enrollment, accreditation, marketing and promoting, partnering with educational service companies, complications of licensure in different jurisdictions/countries, and long term support for program and university needs.


Topics should include an element that relates to social work distance education or virtual social work service delivery. Submissions should focus on what changes may have resulted due to the research that was conducted. These changes may be due to the research process itself or the dissemination and implementation of the research. Submission should describe how the research has contributed to changes in curriculum or service to individuals, organizations, communities, and policies. The challenge is to describe what current or potential change is impacted by the results of the research.


Topics may include, but are not limited to incorporation of distance education or service delivery in: clinical social work, case management, residential and community-based care, private practice, school social work, medical social work, family systems, diagnosis/assessment, new approaches to treatment, community organizing, assets-based community development and community-oriented interventions, advocacy, international social work, group social work, complications of licensure working in different jurisdictions/countries, etc.

Session Format

Four (4) possible session formats are available. Proposals must choose only one session format.

1. ORAL PRESENTATION (45 minutes - CEU available - up to 4 presenters) Traditional-style 35-minute virtual presentation followed by a 10-minute Q&A period.

2. PANEL PRESENTATION (90 minutes - CEU available - up to 4 presenters) Panel-style virtual presentation on a particular subject. The primary presenter is responsible for organizing and coordinating the panel presenters and presentation, submitting the proposal, introducing the topic and panel members, ensuring that members stick to the topic and timetable, and guiding discussion.

3. INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP (90 minutes - CEU available - up to 4 presenters) Hands-on learning or interactive experience that emphasizes a dynamic virtual instructor-participant dialogue in achieving the session's learning objectives. This may include interactive participant polls, discussion breakout rooms, and other online interactive options.

4. VIRTUAL NETWORKING SESSION (90 minutes - Non-CEU - up to 4 facilitators) Facilitators will identify a topic of interest that will promote connection, interaction, and engagement. The topic chosen should relate to one of the five track categories: Curriculum, Field Education/Distance Field Placement, Administration/Leadership, Research, or Practice.