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The 39th Summer Institute on Aging will be held June 6-8, 2017 at Lakeview Resort and Conference Center in Morgantown, WV. The 2017 theme is "Leading the Way: Aging in America”.

This Institute is designed to provide high quality training in aging services for beginning and experienced social workers, nurses, counselors, supervisors, administrators, and professionals in related disciplines.

We invite your assistance in creating an informative, creative, and stimulating conference. We encourage you to submit proposals for workshops that will help participants build new skills and enhance existing competencies. You may submit a proposal now by filling out our online Workshop Proposal Form Criteria for submitting proposals are outlined below:


This call for workshops is for practitioners, academicians, and qualified individuals who have pertinent information for the aging field. We are interested in presenters being able to:

  • stimulate and challenge participants
  • provide information to increase practitioner’s knowledge base and practicing skills
  • design innovative, experiential, outcome-driven opportunities for participants
  • creatively communicate topics in a practical meaningful manner
  • connect participants to other practitioners in the field
  • teach participants relevant evidence-based research in the field of aging so as to be able to advocate appropriately for those who are aging


We invite skill building proposals for 90 minutes with an option of there being back-to-back two-part sessions totaling 3 hours. Workshop proposals should indicate whether they are “Introductory” or “Advanced” topics. In addition, proposals should be categorized in one or two of the following tracks: Clinical/Medical Practice; Mental Health Practice; Management/Administration/Policy; Cultural Competence/Diversity; or Core Practice.

Topic Areas

  • Holistic healthy aging
  • Care coordination
  • Service delivery competencies
  • Home care technologies
  • Best Practices/Practice Methods
  • Legal Issues
  • Caregiver Issues
  • End-of-life care
  • Creativity in aging
  • Aging in rural areas
  • Ethics
  • Abuse/neglect
  • Health literacy
  • Timely topics related to the field of aging
  • Effective/innovative programming
  • Aging and health policy
  • The role of race, culture and spirituality in aging services
  • Safety and environment issues
  • Engaging post-retired adults
  • Enhancing communication and collaborative efforts among professionals
  • Achievements of older individuals and their contributions to their communities and/or the field of aging

Selection Criteria

In addition to the specific topic area requirements and relation to the conference theme, proposals will be rated on the engaging format, style, clarity, originality, ability to be replicated, compliance to submission guidelines, quality, cultural competencies and relevance to introductory or advanced learners.

Guidelines for Submission

All submissions must be made online. Go to www.wvsioa.org and submit the following:

  1. A 50-100 word description of the workshop to be advertised in conference brochures.
  2. An abstract of the workshop to include: brief summary of content, presentation format, outline of learning objectives, and target audience.
  3. An online proposal submission form is available on the website.


Proposals must be received by December 31, 2016.

For additional questions about the Call for Workshops or online submissions please contact Jacki Englehardt at the WVU School of Social Work at 304-293-3280 or via e-mail at Jacki.Englehardt@mail.wvu.edu.