Since 2003, the Global Group Work Project has engaged social work educators and practitioners from diverse geographic regions and cultures in sharing how social work with groups is practiced and taught. The Project is an integral part of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, an international organization (www.iaswg.org)
Through the use of international group conferencing and web-based communication, we are building on existing work and establishing an international network of educators and practitioners interested in enhancing social work with groups.
Through it’s action research, the Global Group Work Project hopes to contribute empirical knowledge about the nature of cross-national and cross-cultural group work. Our approach brings together new and existing data and supporting materials about social work with groups that focus on cross-national, cross-cultural and critical local practices. We are committed to international dialogue and collaboration, which complement local methods and practice.
We have tried to build on existing international networks, including the International Association of Schools of Social Work (www.iassw-aiets.org), who provided initial funding for the Global Group Work Project, and the International Federation of Social Workers (www.ifsw.org). The Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups is currently in the process of applying for NGO affiliate status with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations (http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/index.asp).
This site will provide a forum for collaboration and research. We believe that the Global Group Work Project will encourage expansion of practice and teaching social work with groups in class and field, ultimately leading to greater opportunities for effective and powerful social work group membership throughout the world.