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2014 Guam Social Work Conference - Call for Papers



Behavioral Health in Micronesia: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Work

Guam Social Work Conference 2014 March 19 – 21, 2014


Deadline for Submission: Monday, January 31, 2014 


On behalf of all members and friends of the Guam Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, the conference committee invites you to participate in the 2014 Guam Social Work Conference. We are excited to explore the theme of this year’s conference, Behavioral Health in Micronesia: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Work. We invite practitioners, researchers, and engaged citizens to submit their proposals for papers and training workshops. 

Throughout Micronesia we have experienced significant progress in health, education, and standard of living during the past decades. However, at the same time, we experience disturbing reversals of positive social developments as economic inequalities, political uncertainties, social injustices, individualistic and consumerist life-styles continue to intensify pressures and stressors on the people in Guam and other Micronesian islands. Individually and collectively, we pay often a high price for behaviors that harm our health. Together, we are all called to initiate, practice, and affirm behaviors that sustain and promote our health.  

At the 2014 Guam Social Work Conference we explore the complexities and diverse contexts of the relationships between behavior and health. We examine the behavior of individual and collective, personal and institutional actors. We define health as the “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. 

We especially seek papers and training workshops that examine our local and regional social, cultural, economic and political factors and contexts that frame and influence behavior and health. Also, we place great value on offering training opportunities for social work practitioners to meet new social work licensure requirements. 

Proposals may relate to the following topical areas 
• application of social work theories, knowledge, methods, and ethics 
• generalist social work assessment, planning, intervention and assessment of behavior and health conditions
• human behavior and social environments
• therapeutic approaches towards changing behavior and improving health
• critique of understandings and meanings of behaviors and health, abilities and disabilities, behavioral norms and deviances, …
• cultural competencies pertaining to behavior and health of Micronesian peoples
• self-determination of individual behavior, families, peoples and societies
• illness producing behaviors and societal conditions
• social problems, social change, social services and policies
• self-care of social workers and other human social service professionals
• etc. … 

Proposals for papers or training workshops need to be delivered to Dr. Gerhard Schwab, Chair of the 2014 Conference Program Committee by Monday, January 31, 2014. Tel: 735-2961, Email: gerhard.schwab@yahoo.com, Office: Room 105, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, University of Guam, Mangilao.

Proposals need to contain the following information: 

  1. Name of presenter(s)
  2. Brief biographical information, including professional titles and organizational affiliation of the presenter(s) as it should be printed in the conference program (no more than 100 words); no more than three (3) presenters per proposal. 
  3. Contact telephone numbers and email addresses 
  4. Is it a proposal for a paper presentation, a training workshop, or a poster/art display? 
  5. Topic of presentation or training workshop
  6. Abstract: The abstract must outline the proposed paper or workshop. It also must describe the conclusions of the paper or the learning outcomes of the training workshop. All abstracts must clearly articulate how the proposed presentations relate to the theme of the conference. Abstract should not be longer than 200 words. 
  7. Description for Program Booklet: Please describe the paper or workshop with no more than 50 words. 
  8. What is the preferred time frame for this proposed paper or training workshop? 
  9. What is the technical format of the proposed paper or training workshop? What do you need: easel pad, multi-media projector?


Si Yuos Ma’ase, Thank You!

Amy Sue Santos MSW (President, NASW Guam Chapter)
Deanna Komiyama BSW (Chair, Conference Committee) and
Gerhard Schwab PhD, MSW (Chair, Program Committee)