The Client Problem Competition

(Hosted at the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology Annual Conference)

Recruitment Overview

The Client Problem Competition (CPC) is an annual student team competition held at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) conference every year. The CPC event provides students with a meaningful use of applied skills they learned in sociology, experience in teamwork and time management, and serves as a valuable networking opportunity for the next generation of practicing sociologists.

A representative of a local agency (chosen by AACS) will present a problem to AACS and participating teams of students from schools across the country. Teams present their solutions to AACS, the agency representative, and conference attendees in the audience on the last day of the conference. Each team has at least 20 minutes to present their solutions with some time for questions and answers.

The agency chooses the team with the best solution based on the presentation of academic context but most importantly application to the agencies needs in order to win the CPC 2018 award.

The agency will answer students’ questions on the first day of the conference so it is important for teams to be present for this. Students attend sessions at the conference and ask sociologists and practitioners attending the conference in order to work together as a team on solving the problems using applied sociological insights.

A plaque naming the winning teams will be sent to the school winning the CPC award. Students in the winning teams will be able to see their academic insight applied “in action,” and they will also receive FREE AACS membership for four years or until they graduate, whichever comes first

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Examples of prior client organizations and questions include:

Organization: Meals On Wheels (MOW), The Montgomery Area Council On Aging Montgomery, AL

Statement of the Problem: How can MACOA recruit and retain Meals on Wheels volunteers age 50 and younger?

Organization: Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard

945 Washington Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Statement of the Problem: How can they spread the message to veteran’s on what the Veteran’s Place offers?

Organization: ECDC African Community Center

Statement of the Problem: A need for affordable housing in Denver for the ECDC refugees.