The Client Problem Solving Competition

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

The Client Problem Solving Competition (CPSC) is an annual student team competition held at the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) conference every year. The CPSC 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 social scientists.

A representative of a local agency (chosen by AACS) during the annual conference will present a problem to AACS and participating teams of students from schools across the country.

Teams present their solutions to the AACS adjudicating panel, 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 AACS panel chooses the team with the best solution based the presentation of academic context but most importantly on application to the agency’s needs.

The agency will answer students’ questions on the first day of the conference so it is important for teams to be fully present for this! Students attend sessions at the conference and are encouraged to ask sociologists and practitioners attending the conference questions towards forming a solution. Students do not need to practice or prepare for the competition prior to attending as we hope students can work together as a team on solving a problem using sociological insights gathered during the conference. 

A plaque naming the winning team(s) will be sent to the school of the team who has won the CPC award. Students will be able to see their academic insight and solution applied “in action,” and they will also receive FREE AACS membership for four years or until they graduate–whichever comes first.

You can access the Rules and Processes here

You can register a team here