Since the first meeting held in 1996, SSWR has hosted an annual meeting for its members and the social work research and social work community at large. Through its annual meetings, which draw attendees from countries throughout the world, SSWR is dedicated to the advancement of social work research while serving as a network and forum for its members and attendees. Our members and attendees include faculty in schools of social work and other professional schools, research staff in public and private agencies, and masters and doctoral students. The attendance at the annual conference averages 2,000.
The theme for the 2021 conference is “Social Work Science for Social Change,” which recognizes the 25th anniversary celebration of SSWR’s annual conference. Social work is unique as a discipline and profession in its commitment to understanding social issues and advancing ideas and approaches that improve the human condition. At this anniversary conference, we will take stock and look forward. We will weave across all sessions, presentations, and posters an emphasis on how social work science has and has not contributed—and can better contribute—to social change.