General Information

DESCRIPTION:   This conference will bring together social work educators from across the country to share their work in policy and policy practice, and to develop strategies for maximizing social work’s involvement in local, state, and national affairs. We invite you to participate in the dialogue as we set our course and agenda for the future.

CALL FOR PAPERS:  Proposals are due January 15, 2015.  See the Call for Papers for details. Presentations may focus on the current state of policy practice, polices important to social work and its clients, innovative teaching methods, strategies for assessing policy competencies and practice behaviors, specific advocacy efforts, or new directions in policy research. As an added bonus, all presentations will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of The Journal of Policy Practice!

REGISTRATION: The conference registration fee includes two breakfasts and one dinner. There are varying rates, all of which can be found on the Registration page.  All Payments will be made online this year.

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Conference will be held at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin, TX. To reserve a room at the $109 conference rate, you must contact them by phone at (512)448-2444. This cannot be done online. Other hotels nearby, representing a range of prices, include the following:

GROUND TRANSPORTATION:  The Conference hotel (Wyndham Garden), which is located approximately 6 miles from Bergstrom International Airport, operates a complimentary shuttle. For those traveling by car, the hotel provides complimentary parking. Taxi service from area hotels to the airport costs in the neighborhood of $10-15.

For further information on conference registration, contact Stacey Borasky @ (512) 448-8677 or via email at

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