IASWG Symposium will be June 7-10, 2017 in New York City Proposals for Papers and Workshops are due by January 31st – Proposals for Students’ Posters are due by March 15th

Group Work in Challenging Times:

Creative Strategies for Facing Change

International Association for Social Work with Groups


In an increasingly adversarial and complex world that affects our lives on so many levels, group work has taken on an even greater importance. Those of us committed to group work know what a powerful resource it can be for addressing and often healing the misunderstandings and conflicts that underlie difference in all its forms. IASWG exists, and our mission as group workers, is to keep group work wisdom and practice alive and thriving so that people, groups, communities, and the planet can change, survive, and flourish. 

The International Association for Social Work with Groups, co-sponsored by the New York University Silver School of Social Work, invites group work students, practitioners, researchers, faculty, agency administrators, community workers and activists, and group workers from various professional disciplines, to submit proposals for presentations:

  • Presentations are 30 or 60 minutes; comprised of didactic learning interactive discussion, or skill building with an experiential component.
  • Posters are visual representations of research, practice, or training initiatives and are displayed at designated times during the Symposium.

Proposals may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or German, and sessions at symposium may be conducted in these languages as well.

The International Association for Social Work with Groups, co-sponsored by the New York University Silver School of Social Work, invites group work students, practitioners, researchers, faculty, administrators, community workers and activists, and group workers from various professional disciplines to submit presentations proposals. Proposals are welcomed in all areas of group work, especially related to group work practice in a variety of settings, multicultural practice, group work in developing countries or underserved communities, community development, activist group work practice, group work research and training.

For more information, please visit www.iaswg.org or email symposium@iaswg.org. All presenters must be active/current members of IASWG, and be registered for symposium.

Questions about Submitting Your Presentation

Once you have submitted the title of your presentation you will automatically receive an email that includes a password-protected hyperlink. If you must interrupt the submission process before finishing it you can resume at any time by clicking on the hyperlink in that email. You can view and modify your submissions up until the submission deadline. (All deadlines are enforced at 11:59 PM Eastern USA time). After the deadline you can still view your abstract. 

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The State of the GGWP

Greetings global group workers!  As many of you are aware, there are tremendous changes going on in our global political systems and the values for which they stand. The recent election in the United States is just the latest of a series of monumental changes going on in our global community and these trends are stirring up anxieties for many individuals and groups, particularly those who are more marginalized and vulnerable.  The statement below was recently released by our global partner, the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG).  This brave and powerful statement captures the essence of what group work stands for and what capacity it has to provide strength and inclusion in times such as the present.  We hope that you will find it meaningful and inspiring as we all experience a call to action at this time.

The Time for Group Work

 The climate is changing. In many parts of the world, respect for people who are different from ourselves has diminished and communities feel fractured. Dialogue is too often replaced by bombings and vitriol; hate-filled populism blasts reasoned, respectful understanding.

It is not difficult to see why many people feel alienated; they themselves are disrespected and disempowered by increasing inequality, job insecurity and a sense that the important decisions are no longer within their influence.

We need to find ways to become inclusive, to celebrate our differences and to generate a powerful sense of togetherness. There has never been a more urgent time to bring communities together towards a mutual understanding and a respect, not just for humanity, but for the planet as a whole.

Social groupwork can create security where there is uncertainty, a feeling of belonging where there is alienation, and a vehicle for positive communal action where there is a sense of helplessness. It has been used to unite and give voice to people in the aftermath of conditions that seemed beyond repair. Through social groupwork, nations, communities and individuals can repair. This is the hopeful message that IASWG and its members offer to the world.

IASWG stands against oppression and disenfranchisement. As social groupworkers, we stand for and advocate for creating spaces for respectful dialogue to expand our worldviews and perspectives in community with each other.

Contact us. Let us know how you are using group work to repair the world. Ask us how we can help you in this process.

It’s time for group work.

 Statement by the International Association for Social Work with Groups, November 2016, www.iaswg.org  
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EASSW-UNAFORIS 2017 European Conference Social Work Education in Europe: Challenging Boundaries, Promoting a Sustainable Future JUNE 27, 28 AND 29, 2017


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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, cohen5@adelphi.edu
Alexis Howard, New York Social Work Education Consortium, United States, alexis.howard@acs.nyc.gov
Sharima Ruwaida Abbas, School of Social Development, Universiti Utara Malaysia, sharima@uum.edu.m
Erin Nau, Adlephi University School of Social Work, New York, United States, enau@adelphi.edu
Carol Irizarry, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, carol.irizarry@flinders.edu.au
Kyle McGee, Adelphi University School of Social Work, New York, United States, kylem.mcgee@gmail.com
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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: http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/beh/group-work-arts


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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