Get ready for New Beginnings May 28-30, 2020

About the Conference

Since our founding in 1989, the Society for Spirituality and Social Work has provided a space for academics, practitioners, and students to discuss and explore the vital role of spirituality in social work education and practice. This year's conference will build on this legacy through our theme of "New Beginnings." We are inviting you to join us as we partner with our co-sponsor, The Ohio State University College of Social Work, to share your work, engage in meaningful dialogue, and explore opportunities for integrating spirituality in all of its forms with social work across every level of practice.

Columbus, our host city, is the 2nd largest city in the state and the 14th largest city in the country with a host of fun and exciting things to do after your conference day has ended. From terrific shopping and delicious restaurants in German Village and the Brewery District, to the vibrant arts scene in the Short North, and the rich nightlife around campus and across the city, Columbus is a great destination and we look forward to seeing you there!

This year's conference will be very special in the life of the Society as we honor and celebrate the contributions of our visionary founder, Dr. Ed Canda and announce an award to be given each year in his name. Dr. Canda will also serve as our keynote speaker for the opening plenary.

Below you will find all of the information necessary to participate in the conference including the Call for Papers, registration and lodging information, and our marketing opportunities.

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Annual Conference May 28-30, 2020 - "New Beginnings"

Call for Papers


Whether you're presenting a paper, hosting an experiential workshop, or sharing an e-poster, there is a place for your work at our conference.

Registration Information


Registration for the conference is now open. Don't miss out - space is limited!

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Ed Canda, founder of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, will serve as the keynote speaker for the opening plenary.



We have three housing options for conference attendees - The Residence on Tenth is an on-campus housing option and two conference option with both Hampton Inn & Suites and Hilton Garden Inn. Visit the Accommodations page to learn more and book your room with special conference rates.



There are several promotional opportunities available at the conference. Spaces are limited and will fill up fast! Reservation will open soon.

About Columbus


Columbus, the 14th largest city in the U.S., has so much to do & so many places to explore. Learn more about our host city here.