Conference Cancelled

After a week of intense deliberations in a rapidly changing national situation, the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference. Communication regarding the conference has gone out to all registrants and we are working diligently to address your concerns. 

Sheraton Birmingham
2101 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N
Birmingham, AL 35203

Single/Double: $169
Triple: $179
Quad: $189
Deadline for Reservations: February 11, 2020

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Conference Registration

Registration for the annual conference is now open. Early bird rates are effective until January 29, 2020. Regular rates are in effect from January 29th until the end of the conference. Participants can register online at any time throughout the end of the conference.

Online Registration

Printable Registration Form  (attendees and exhibitors)

Student Volunteer Registration Form (BSW/MSW student volunteers)

*Participants planning to mail in their registration and payments must ensure that they arrive at the BPD office no later than March 11, 2020.  Registrations not received by that date will be processed as new onsite registrations and individuals will need to register by credit card or at the regular rate. Individuals may opt to bring their registration form and payment with them to the conference for processing onsite.


Full Conference: $325 Member Early/ $375 Member Regular; $555 Non-Member Early/ $605 Non-Member Regular

One Day: $190 Member Early/$240 Member Regular; $240 Non-Member Early/$310 Non-Member Regular

Exhibitors: Each Organization receives 2 complimentary full-conference registrations. Up to 2 additional exhibit hall only passes are available for $155

Retiree Full Conference: $165

Student Full Conference: $165

Student Volunteer: $35 (limited to BSW and MSW Students only)

Pre-Conference Workshops: $85 full day workshop/$65 half day workshop

Wahlberg Walk/Run: $40

Continuing Education: $65

Cancellations: Cancellations received in writing and postmarked by February 24, 2020 will be refunded minus a 30% administrative fee. No refunds will be given after February 24th. Please note that individuals registered for continuing education are able to request a refund for CE fees paid up until the first day of the conference (March 18, 2020) to allow for review of the conference program. All hotel cancellations must be made directly with the Sheraton Birmingham.

Accommodations for Disabilities: Individuals needing to request specific accommodations may do so at the time of registration either online or using the paper registration form. Individuals may also request accessibility services by emailing a minimum of 48 hours prior to their arrival onsite. Individuals needing specific housing accommodations can make those requests at the time of their reservation with the Sheraton Birmingham. Please contact if you need additional information.

General Call for Proposals

Proposal decisions were sent to primary and co-presenters on December 4th and session dates/times on January 13th. Please email with your submission reference number if you need your decision letter resent.

Ron Federico Memorial Lecture

Congratulations to Patricia Saleeby on being selected as the 2020 Ron Federico Memorial Lecturer

Student Poster Presentation

Proposal decisions were sent to primary presenters on December 16th. Please email with your submission reference number if you need your decision letter resent.

Wahlberg Memorial Scholarship

This Dean's Scholarship is provided to the recipient of the Jim Wahlberg Award. The selection process is conducted by the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) and the University of Michigan. Congratulations to our 2020 recipient, Adrianna Satorski! Notifications about the 2021 recipient have been sent; thank you to everyone who has applied. Please contact if you need your letter resent.

To request meeting space during the annual conference, please complete and return the Ad Hoc Meeting Request form and return by December 31, 2019.

BPD Response to Coronavirus

Updated March 16th: The 2020 Annual Conference has been cancelled. Please see below for the full statement from the Board of Directors.


The BPD Board met this morning at 11:00am CST/12:00pm EST to discuss the status of the 2020 BPD Conference. We have been working on this situation for some time. There were many components to consider and we wanted to provide the best solution possible while also eliminating any future confusion. 

After a week of intense deliberations in a rapidly changing national situation, the decision was modified to cancel the conference. We have been working to mitigate the losses from the conference including the $226,000 contracted fee with the hotel. We appreciate all the feedback that has been provided to the Board both directly and indirectly.

All current registration fees for the 2020 conference will be applied to the next conference which is being held in Columbus, Ohio in 2021.  All presenters who had an accepted presentation and need documentation of the cancelled presentation can retrieve from the Executive Director, Amanda Scott at   

Again, we thank you all for your membership and continued support of BPD. We look forward to seeing you in Columbus, Ohio.

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