Check out our recent Presentation from the International Social Work and Social Development Conference in Seoul Korea!

Dear Colleagues,

Attached is a PDF version of the Powerpoint from our workshop, which now includes a summary of the questions and discussion, as well as some photos.

Final PP for June 2016 Groupwork and the Global Agenda, including discussion and Photos [Compatibility Mode]

We hope you will consider joining this international research project, and identify an exemplary case study in your local area.  Please contact us and we will provide additional information about the research study methods, and are happy to consult further with you and your colleagues about joining the research team.
Very Best,
Carol (On Behalf of Sharima, Alexis, and the entire the International Team:
Carol S. Cohen, Adelphi University School of Social Work, New York, United States,
Alexis Howard, New York Social Work Education Consortium, United States,
Sharima Ruwaida Abbas, School of Social Development, Universiti Utara Malaysia,
Erin Nau, Adlephi University School of Social Work, New York, United States,
Carol Irizarry, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia,
Kyle McGee, Adelphi University School of Social Work, New York, United States,
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Check out this great opportunity! Are you interested? Let us know.

Civil Society Leadership Awards

Application Deadline:  September 15, 2016

The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully funded master’s degree study to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities.

CSLA directly assists future leaders in countries where civil society is challenged by a deficit of democratic practice in local governance and social development.

Awards are available for master’s degree study in the following fields at host universities across the world:

  • communications and media
  • culture, history, and society
  • development studies
  • economics
  • education management and leadership
  • environment and natural resource management
  • human rights and/or gender studies
  • law (including human rights law)
  • politics and international studies
  • public health policy and health management
  • public policy and administration
  • social work and social policy

Please see the complete guidelines for a full list of partnering host universities eligible for CSLA awards.

Learn more and apply online.

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The International Association for Social Work with Groups Symposium begins tomorrow in New York City at the historic New York University.  If you are going to be there, please make sure to introduce yourself to either myself (Kyle McGee) or Dr. Carol Cohen.  We would love to get a chance to meet and connect with you about your work in global group work.  See you there!

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REMINDER– IASWG Symposium Early Bird Registration ends on Thursday May 26th!!  For Registration information Click here.


Guest Editors: Jennifer Clements and Kathleen Walsh


The journal is inviting articles about the use of the arts in clinical and community practice. Group work, with its long history of the use of program, has been at the forefront of incorporating the arts into clinical and community practice.

This special issue aims to provide group work practitioners, educators, students and researchers with the opportunity to present the creative use of art, music, poetry and other media with diverse populations in a wide range of settings. READ MORE:


Fathers in Cultural Contexts: From Fatherlessness to Fathering and Everything In-Between

Deadline: July 1, 2016
The goal of this conference is to bring together various stakeholders (researchers, community and governmental providers) to collectively examine and discuss issues of fathering, father involvement, and fatherlessness in families of diverse backgrounds. Click here for more information.


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International Competition Opportunity!

Below is an announcement from Social Work Education: The International Journal. 

This program may be an opportunity to showcase groupwork efforts, and their place in social action, empowerment, and related activities. The announcement and application are attached. Please pass along to your networks. 

To celebrate World Social Work Day 2017 and to contribute to the Global Agenda of Social Work and Social development, Social Work Education: The International Journal is delighted to announce an international competition for social work students.  We invite entries from groups of or individual social work/social care/social welfare students from across the globes who are involved in practical, advocacy and/or campaigning projects with their local communities or in support of vulnerable groups.  These projects should promote social justice, challenge stereotypes and make an impact on the lives of both the people that they seek to support, and on students’ understanding of themselves and of the role of social work in the 21st century. Entries should report and/or promote these projects, and make reference to the part played by social work/social care students.

Entries should be original, and presented in a format which will be accessible to as many people as possible, and so have the potential to achieve the greatest possible reach and impact.  For example, we wish to encourage submissions in the form of blogs, podcasts, videos etc. as well as more traditional articles, reports or posters. The closing date for the submission of entries is 15 January 2017.

Please see the attachments for more information and the entry form. There are cash prizes for the top submissions. For any questions, please contact Helen Scholar at


SWE entry form

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The International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) is a Supporter of this Event!!

The International Federation of Social Workers &
The International Association of Schools of Social Work are pleased to announce:

Social Work Day at the United Nations
Refugees and Displaced Persons: Ensuring Dignity and Worth
Monday, April 4, 2016
Check In: 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Note: Online Registration for Social Work Day at the United Nations
 will begin at  at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 8.
2 CE hours will be available for licensed social workers in New York State or New Jersey.
The $10 processing fee for CE hours must be paid at time of registration.

Social Work Day at the United Nations
Student Event
Monday, April 4, 2016
Check In: 2:30 pm.
Program: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This Event will focus on International Careers for Social Workers

Note: Online Registration for the Global Student Social Work Conference 
 will begin at  at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 9.
There is a $10 registration fee for the Student Event.

Registration Instructions: There is no registration fee to attend Social Work Day at the UN. All attendees must be registered, no walk-ins can be accommodated. Electronic registration through the Social Work Day website:  Registration on for both events will close when we reach our capacity – this sometimes happens the first day that registration opens!

Please be advised that in accordance with UN security procedure anyone coming to the UN after 9:45 am time will NOT be admitted to the conference.
For 33 years students, practitioners, and educators have been convening at the UN to learn more about the UN, innovative projects and issues related to International Social Work and the critical role Social Work plays in the international arena.  Past attendees have found this event extremely valuable.

Following registration, feel free to contact Carol Cohen at if you would like to meet up at Social Work Day at the UN and/or at the Student Event, and include the best way to reach you by email and phone. Before the event, I will circulate a list with contact information to people who respond.

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 Call for Prop

Dear Colleagues,


Greetings from New York City! As we celebrate the start of the new year, the 2016 Symposium Planning Committee wanted to share a few important updates in anticipation for the June 2016 Symposium.


Important Dates

  • Symposium Dates: June 15 – 18, 2016.
  • Paper and workshop proposals are due by January 31st.
  • Poster presentation proposals are due by March 15th.


Venue & Lodging

The 2016 International Symposium will be held on the bustling campus of New York University (NYU) in the heart of New York City. Located in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village, sessions will be held in NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life & Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life – located on historic Washington Square Park. We have secured lodging in one of NYU’s Residence Halls — just a few streets from the symposium location for the very low fee of $60 to $80 per person per night.



Continuing Education is available for presenters and attendees.  


Symposium Theme

In a world that has become increasingly interdependent and global, where communication is frequently defined by technology, with less emphasis on real-time human conversation, our mission as group workers is to create connections between human beings in order to increase supports, share diminishing resources, build and strengthen community with multicultural awareness and competence.


Proposals are welcomed in all areas of group work, especially related to multicultural approaches to group work, group work practice in developing countries or underserved communities, community development, activist group work practice, research, and training.


 Three Presentation Offerings

  • Paper sessions are 30 minutes; comprised of didactic presentation and interactive discussion.
  • Workshop sessions are 60 minutes; emphasize skill building with an experiential component.
  • Poster Sessions are visual representations of research, practice, or training initiatives and are displayed at designated times during the Symposium.



To submit an abstract, click here. 

or copy and paste the following link into your browser: 


Important Deadlines

  • Paper and workshop proposals are due by January 31st, 2016.
  • Poster presentation proposals are due by March 15, 2016.


Click here to download our Call for Proposals.  


See You in NYC!

For questions, please contact
To learn more about the symposium, visit




International Association for Social Work with Groups
101 West 23rd Street Suite 108 NY, NY, 10011

718-316-0299 |


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November, 2015 – Greetings Global Groupworkers

We welcome hearing about your experiences and thoughts on how group approaches can assist communities internationally, especially in times of conflict and crisis. We have highlighted group work and community development practice after natural disasters and violence – and would like to continue this by adding your reports and ideas to this site. There is a lot of Global Group Work news to share and a need to share our work and resources!

You can post comments on this site, or email Carol Cohen ( & Kyle McGee (


 The following is an updated report on an ongoing project, seeking to demonstrate and advocate for group and team approaches to achieve the goals of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development:

  • Promoting social and economic equalities
  • Promoting the dignity and worth of peoples
  • Working towards environmental and community sustainability
  • Strengthening recognition of the importance of human relationships

Update: Group Work and the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Developmentglobal

In response to the Call by the Global Observatory for the North American and Caribbean Region of IASSW, we submitted material from our study on the critical role of Group Work in achieving the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. Our purpose is to demonstrate and advocate for the critical role of group and team approaches throughout all levels of organizations, institutions and agencies. Our work began in 2014 with a local focus on the New York Metropolitan Area.

After meeting with David Jones, studying the Global Agenda and its intersection with Social Work with Groups, we identified 4 exemplary organizations that demonstrated this extensive Group Work integration to actualize the goals of the Global Agenda. Each member of our study team (Carol S. Cohen, Kyle McGee II, Alexis Howard & Erin Nau) researched one of the organizations, and interviewed key informants. We focused on the role of teams and groups in all levels of the organization, including at the management/board level, the staff/supervisory level, and at the client/consumer/community level.

Our peer reviewed presentation at the June, 2015 IASWG Symposium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, shared this work with participants from around the world. A paper developed from this presentation is in progress, and will be submitted for consideration for publication in the book drawn from Symposium Proceedings, published by Whiting and Birch, Ltd. Here is a copy of the 2015 IASWG Symposium Global Agenda Presentation.

In Chapel Hill, our presentation engaged additional IASWG members in this inquiry, and as hoped, we now have an international scope.  Our proposal for a Panel Presentation at the SWSD2016 Conference in Seoul, Korea, has been accepted.  Joining us are active partners in the US, Australia (Carol Irizarry), Canada (Ginette Berteau) and Malaysia (Sharima Ruwaida Abbas), and are in the process of welcoming others. Here is a copy of our 2016 Joint World Conference on Social Work Accepted Panel Presentation on Global Agenda and Group Work

This broadened study maintains the exemplary case study approach.  We expect that this project will continue to generate interest throughout the IASWG membership, as well as in other international communities. We believe that demonstrating the integral role of Group and Team Work strategies in organizations will promote group approaches globally as pathways to organizational excellence and achievement of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

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Time to start planning for International Social Work and Social Development Conference 26-30 June2016, in Seoul Korea!


Global Group Work can continue to make important contributions to these Biennial Conferences!  We have already submitted a proposal for a Groupwork Special Interest Group, and a proposal for a Workshop on Groupwork and the Global Agenda.  There is still time to submit proposals for Workshops and Symposium by August 31st and also to submit proposals for individual papers and posters by September 30th

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Happy Solstice!

Greetings fellow GGWP subscribers!  We are happy to report to you that the recent IASWG Symposium held at the historic campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was a great success.  Dr. Carol Cohen of Adelphi University School of Social Work and co-founder of the GGWP, Alexis Howard of NY Social Work Education Consortium, Erin Nau of Adelphi University, and myself (Kyle McGee of Adelphi Univ.) had the great privilege of presenting on our current research project- “Identifying and Promoting Group Work Strategies in Actualizing the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development”.  We received very positive feedback and acknowledgement about the relevance and importance of the project, and also had a great discussion with participants about the continued role and impact of group work in helping to achieve the core goals of the Global Agenda.  We are happy to share our power point presentation with you which you can access by clicking here:  June 2015 Global_Agenda_Final Presentation Carol Kyle Alexis and Erin

As always, we would love to have you add comments to our posts or give us feedback about the GGWP at anytime.  Enjoy the season everyone!

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