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Growing Sports Social Work Through Field Opportunities -
Important Consideration for Students, Faculty and Practitioners
Date:  March 22, 2024
Time: 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Virtual Live – Stream via Zoom
CE Credit: 1 Core hr.
Registration Fee:
Social Work Students: Free (No CEs Awarded & a Valid Student ID is Required to Register)
Non-Students: NASW/NASWGA Members: $10.00 (Valid NASW Membership ID Required)
Non-Members $15.00

Presentation & Objectives:
Description: Social work in sport is a growing subspecialty of social work practice (Dean & Rowan, 2014; Beasley et al., 2021; Moore & Gummelt, 2019; Newman et al., 2021, 2022). Social workers are now employed in youth, community, collegiate, and professional sport organizations offering case management, clinical, and macro services.

One sign of the growth of the field was the establishment of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS) in 2016, an organization dedicated to the advancement of social work practice in sport. As the field continues to grow, social work practitioners and scholars have advocated
for more sport-based field placement opportunities for social work students (Bates & Kratz, 2022; Clark et al., 2022; Gill, 2008). To meet this need, ASWIS recently established a Field Task Group dedicated to growing sport-based field placements. In line with this aim, the purpose of this workshop is to introduce attendees to the subspeciality of social work in sport and present on the work of the ASWIS Field Task Group including outlining specific strategies for establishing social work field placements in sport settings. This workshop, developed for social work field staff, faculty members, social work students, and practitioners, who are interested in social work practice in sport, will discuss the work of ASWIS as well as detail the specific work of the ASWIS Field Task Group.

The presentation will begin with a brief overview of the history of social work practice in sport and discuss the growth of the subspeciality including the different areas of sport that social workers practice. Then in line with recent calls to focus on competency-based education for
social work practice in sport (i.e., Beasley et al., 2022), the presenters will focus on the work of the ASWIS Field Task Group, whose goal is to advocate for sport-based field placement opportunities and provide resources to social work field departments interested in establishing
placement opportunities in sport. Specifically, the presentation will cover the different types of sport-specific field placements that may be available to social work students, strategies to establish these field placements, and detail different types of learning activities in sport-based placements that meet the Council on Social Work Education’s (2022) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Attendees will leave this workshop with knowledge around an emerging subspeciality of social work practice and specific strategies to introduce social work students to a career path in social work in sport.
Learning Objectives:
1. Familiarize attendees with the discipline of sport social work and the various roles of social work in the athletic realm.
2. Provide knowledge concerning best practices and considerations for
            sport-based social work field placements and associated opportunities        for learning.
3. Connect practitioners to professionals in sports.
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Lauren Beasley, PhD, LMSW
Lauren Beasley is an assistant professor of sport administration and teaches graduate courses in cultural aspects of sport and mental health policy in sport. She has her master’s degree in social work from the
University of Texas at San Antonio and her master’s in sport psychology and motor behavior from the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her Ph.D. in sport management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with experience in case management, individual, family and group therapy. Lauren's research lies at the intersection of social work in sport, with a recent focus on the social work profession in sport, mental health programming in sport organizations, and the physical and mental health literacy of collegiate athletes and has several interdisciplinary publications in both sport management and social work journals. Her dissertation focused on
social work field education in sport organizations, and she is the co-chair of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports' (ASWIS) Field Task Force Committee, which recently released the Field Education Manual to promote placement opportunities in sport settings. Lauren lives in Atlanta with her husband, Andrew, and their dog, Posey, who loves taking walks at Piedmont
Charlotte Warren, MSW, LCSW, CAADC
Charlotte Warren is a mental health clinician embedded with The University of Georgia Athletics Association. A founding member of the Alliance of Social Workers in Sport and current Vice President elect, it was during her MSW education that her passion for working with the athletic population began. Her specialties include whole person identity,
PTSD, substance use recovery, self-confidence and coping with injuries.
She has published articles on how social workers can work with the
athletic population, how athletes can transfer skills to the field of social
work, and how mental health and performance professionals can help
athletes to transition out of sports. She has presented on various topics related to social work in sport, program development, and clinical interventions with athletes on local, conference, and national levels, and social media platforms. Charlotte is a former collegiate athlete. Her husband Mark, a Veteran, also works in collegiate athletics, and they have twin boys Myles, and Ryker.
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Growing Sports Social Work Through Field Opportunities
Growing Sports Social Work Through Field Opportunities
Mar 22, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Virtual Live-Stream via Zoom
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