Special Interest Groups

Call for Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to Convene at SSWR 2021


Social Work Science for Social Change
January 19-22, 2021
Submission Deadline: November 30, 2020
The Society for Social Work and Research special interest groups (SIGs) facilitate networking opportunities for conference attendees to discuss in greater depth a specific social work research, policy or practice. We are now accepting requests to convene a SIG meeting (new or existing) to be held as part of the SSWR 2021 Annual Conference Post-Conference Events. As you may know, especially those of you who have held SIG meetings at SSWR over the years, the SIGs are an important component of the annual conference. SSWR will provide a virtual meeting space, e.g. Zoom with technical support for your SIG.
In order to facilitate the meetings of virtual special interest groups (SIGs), it is necessary that all pre-existing and new SIGs submit a request to convene a SIG. Please see the list below for SIGs held in 2020. If you would like to convene one of these SIGs or convene a new SIG, please complete the online survey at https://sswr.confex.com/sswr/2021/sig/sessions/index.cgi by November 30, 2020. If we do not hear from you by this date, we will assume that the SIG with which you are associated does not plan to convene during the 2021 virtual post-conference events.
NEW FOR 2020-2021
The SSWR Research Capacity and Development Committee (RCDC) is planning a pilot webinar (ZOOM) to which SIG conveners are invited to participate. The purpose of the webinar is to provide new SIG conveners with an introduction to SIGs and provide all SIG conveners with ideas for the development and expansion of their SIGs and begin to develop a network of SIG conveners. Given the unique nature of this year, and the adjustments to the SIG meeting approach, this year’s webinar can also provide information and support to conveners planning for their virtual SIG meeting.
SSWR, as part of its governance structure, has legal responsibility for SIG meetings at the conference and SIGs who meet at the SSWR annual conference are “committees.” The convener/co-conveners of the SIG will serve as chair/co-chair of the committee.
SIG requests must include the following information.
  • Basic information (e.g. SIG name, convener and co-conveners, anticipated SIG attendance)
  • Activities (e.g., SIG meetings in addition to those held at SSWR, communications to SIG attendees)
  • Legal status (e.g., non-profit entity, for-profit entity, incorporation status)
  • Description (e.g., 100-word description of your SIG)

SIG convener/co-convener requirements include

  • Membership – all conveners/co-conveners must be current members of SSWR when they request the SIG and must be current members for the 2021 membership year (January 1 – December 31, 2021).
  • Conveners must complete a post-conference report (e.g., provide the number of attendees and a narrative summary of your SIG meeting). A separate questionnaire will be sent to you after your SIG virtual meeting which must be completed within 30 days of your virtual meeting.

IMPORTANT: Failure to adhere to these requirements will impact future SIG requests.


Approximately 5-6 SIGs will be scheduled in a weekly basis from January 26, 2021 through April 30, 2021. As context, to maximize the number of live conference presentations, during the three-day virtual conference, the SIG meetings will be scheduled post-conference. These live, SIG meetings will be 60 minutes. An advantage of this schedule is that your SIG will not compete with other SIGs, which will provide members with greater opportunity to attend multiple SIG meetings.
In mid-December we will send you the confirmation of your SIG request and the preliminary schedule. As needed we will coordinate with you to accommodate your schedule, as much as possible, before we finalize and post the schedule of the SIG meetings.
Important to note: All SIG conveners and attendees must register for the SSWR annual virtual conference by January 22, 2021 to take part in all virtual post-conference events, e.g. SIGs and abstract-based workshops. We will survey those who have indicated on the registration form that they plan to participate in a SIG(s) to determine which SIG(s) they plan to attend. Conveners will receive a list of registrants in advance.
SIGs held at the SSWR 2020 Annual Conference
  • Achieve equal opportunity and justice (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Addictive Behaviors and Substance Misuse SIG
  • Advance long and productive lives (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Advanced Illness, Palliative and End of Life Care SIG
  • Aging Research, Education, Advocacy, and Practice Network (REAP) SIG
  • American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Global Indigenous (Indigenous) SIG
  • Anthropology and Social Work SIG
  • Asian Mental Health in Higher Education SIG
  • Associate Research Deans and Directors SIG
  • Child Welfare SIG
  • Close the health gap (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Community and Neighborhood Research SIG
  • Create social responses to a changing environment (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice SIG
  • Critical and Radical Social Workers for Justice and Change SIG
  • Data Science SIG
  • Disability SIG
  • Disaster Research SIG
  • Doctoral Education SIG
  • End homelessness (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Eradicate social isolation (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Father Related Research SIG
  • Financial capability and asset building (FCAB) for all (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Foster care and higher education SIG
  • Global Social Work SIG
  • Harness technology for social good (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Human Rights and SDGs: A Social Work Perspective SIG
  • Human-Animal Interaction Research SIG
  • Immigration and refugee studies SIG
  • Implementation Research SIG
  • Integrated Health SIG
  • Journal of Community Practice Editorial Board Meeting SIG
  • Justice-Involved Youth and Young Adults SIG
  • Korean American Social Work Educators Association SIG
  • Management and Organizations SIG
  • Maternal and Infant Mental Health SIG
  • Methods of Quantitative Social Intervention Research SIG
  • Minority Behavioral Health SIG
  • Mixed Methods Research SIG
  • Oncology SIG
  • Promote smart de-carceration (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Psychiatric Medications SIG
  • Qualitative Social Work Research SIG
  • Reducing extreme economic inequality (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Research on Social Work in Public Libraries SIG
  • Research with Latinx Communities SIG
  • Research with Service Members, Veterans, and their Families SIG
  • Rural Behavioral Health SIG
  • School Social Work and School-based Research SIG
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship SIG
  • Social Justice in Social Work Education, Research and Practice SIG
  • Social Work and Neuroscience (SWAN) Research SIG
  • Social Work and Reproductive Justice SIG
  • Social Work and Research with Muslims SIG
  • Social Work Research and Practice in China SIG
  • Social Work Scholars in LGBTQ+ Research SIG
  • Social Workers and Gun Violence SIG
  • South Asian Social Work Research SIG
  • Stop family violence (Grand Challenge) SIG
  • Systematic Reviews SIG
  • Tenure-Track Professors of Social Work and Social Welfare SIG
  • Trauma Informed Care SIG
  • Violence Against Women and Children SIG
  • Work, Family, and Family Policy SIG
  • Youth Behavioral Health Policy and Services Research SIG
  • Youth Participatory Research and Practice SIG
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