NEW UPDATES!

The GGWP is looking forward to seeing our subscribers at the upcoming Int’l Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) Symposium June 4th – 7th in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  If you are in attendance, please make sure to let us know (Carol Cohen and Kyle McGee).  We would be thrilled to see you!

In addition, the GGWP has learned that the International Association of Schools of Social Work has posted a Call for Abstracts & Papers to appear in the upcoming issue of Social Dialogue Magazine, on Social Work without Borders.

  • “How can social work be framed within an international context and without borders that is, if the profession looked beyond its past and current careerist trappings, current international context and national professional discourse and concerns, what would it look like (professionally, ideologically and in practice and research).  We are looking for contributions, from all regions of the world, in which you share your experiences of practice examples of working without borders or research summary or other relevant student projects or material you would like to be considered for this edition.”

Click here for more info.

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Reports from Om Krisha Shrestha — The Earthquake and Aftermath in Nepal — Updated News

We are all concerned about what is happening in Nepal since the Earthquake on 25 April. The losses are devastating, and the news comes in waves.  Om Krishna Shrestha, Secretary General and Founder Member of the Social Workers’ Association Nepal has been sending email updates on the disaster and relief activities.  Om is a groupwork colleague who attended our Special Interest Group on Group Work this past July in Melbourne, Australia.  The following is a copy our correspondence, beginning with the most recent. We will continue to update this page with posts as they come in, including ways to connect and assist.

Here are the most recent post and photos, received 6 May, 2015:

From:  Om Krishna Shrestha  

Pictures: 1. meeting with CPSSC 2. meeting with CWISH 3. Earthquake survivors from Kumari Gram-cha receiving tents 4. CWISH Program Manager Saroj K.C. receiving tents as coordinated support from SWAN to establish Child Friendly Learning Centers 5. Meeting with Ward Office Secretary and staff 6. Interaction and dropping letter to primary school teacher at Kumari Gram-cha 7. Informing area police about our presence and coordination for support 8. Children from Kumari Gram-cha “These wonderful smiles are our strengths and inspiration to cope and withstand the adversity, they are our hope of tomorrow and sign of resiliency in the aftermath- Earthquake Twenty Seventy-two” 9. One of the many houses destroyed in April 25, 2015  10. Kumari Gram-cha children living in tent.
 6 may photo 1  6 may photo 2 6 may photo 3 6 may photo 4 6 may photo 5 6 May photo 6 6 may photo 7       6 may photo 8 6 may photo 9 6 may photo 10Many thanks for your kind words and sharing our experience. At the moment we don’t know many organizations, we are very small and trying our best to institutionalize social work in Nepal. However, being a member of ifsw we only know Dr. Rory Truell who is very kind to us and supporting us in this critical situation. We recently corresponded with Social Workers’ council of Hong Kong who assured us to support for relief program. Dr. Carol, just to inform you, as a social worker and representative of Social Workers’ Association Nepal, we are thinking beyond the first aid relief and planning to support with all our effort in rebuilding the community. In this regard, we express our gratitude to Global Group Work for sharing our experience and, please support us with you experience to rebuild the community, we are always ready to learn from within and around the world.

(The individual names are used with permission)  Yesterday, (May 05, 2015) we had a planning meeting with Dr. Shishir Subba and Krishna Prashad Bhandari in CPSSC (Counseling Psychology and Social Studies College) Buddhanagar, Kathmandu. The meeting ended up with a strategy to mobilize trained psychologists in Kumari Gram-cha, Baluwa-8, Gokarna. The community Kumari Gram-cha is preferred on the recommendation of local DPRC (Disaster Preparedness and Response Committee) and Ward Citizen’s Forum. In our interaction with Mr. Naryan Shrestha, a representative from DPRC sub-committee for Kumari Gram-cha, reported of about 105 children, 20 and more elderly citizens and adults who survived the earthquake twenty seventy-two. With reference to the survivors’ number, the meeting has thus decided to set up an assessment and delivering Psychological First Aid to distressed. However, for a long-term approach, Teachers and mothers group is decided to oriented with techniques of PFA both for self-care and children in particular, as they spent most of their time in school and/or home. The orientation classes will be provided to the community participants as a part of awareness and self care program. Our volunteers are extensively been involved in relief distribution and support. They might experience of being affected by what they are seeing and dealing at field every day. Therefore the meeting also decided to provide a session to our volunteers about self-care and counseling, if needed.

On the second half of the day, meeting with CWISH (Children Women in Social Service and Human Rights- Non Government Organization) was held on to establish Child Friendly Learning Center at Baluwa and to source material assistance for the center. The program manager Mr. Saroj K.C. agreed on to support establishing the center and providing resource materials.

Today (May 06, 2015), meeting with the team of civil engineers decided to do a preliminary inspection of the site. The inspection will be carried out to trace the possibilities to build temporary houses utilizing local resources and remaining of the damaged/destroyed houses, if reusable. On the second half, we went back to the community to coordinate with the government institution at local level for our program. Official letters were dropped at ward office, area police and schools to inform our presence and work at community. The Government institutions responded well and assured with providing required support to the intervention. Coordination with Government institutions and local stakeholders’ like Ward office/VDC, area police, DPRC, Ward citizen’s forum is must to avoid duplication, overlapping of the support and to settle any challenges during the intervention.

For more I keep writing you the updates. A copy of this report is sent to the ifsw. Please feel free to make necessary changes, if required.

With best regards

Om Krishna Shrestha, MSW
Secretary General and Founder Member
Social Workers’ Association Nepal
Mob.No.: 977-1-9849951336
From: Om Krishna Shrestha <srst.om076@icloud.com>
Subject: Re: Earthquake and Aftermath
Date: May 5, 2015 at 10:30:41 AM GMT+5:45
To: Carol Cohen <cohen5@adelphi.edu>

Here are some pics of our planning meeting and Rapid Need Assessment (RNA) at field. With this mail we are also sending you some pictures of our interaction with local relief distribution committee and doing RNA at Baluwa, Gokarna. Through RNA and observation, in most cases we found demand for tent. It is obvious that, as the raining season is closing, most of the earthquake survivors (especially who lost their beloved, family members and house) demanded support for shelter.They have lost their houses and it is not possible to built them back within few months. Particularly, because most of these people are relatively poor in the community. They ever lived in mud and raw brick houses and food has always been their first priority. They own no lands and work for others can only afford them meal for a day. However, we’ve been coordinating with a team of structure engineers to support them with techniques to build temporary house at the moment and we are also planning to training them with earthquake friendly and withstanding houses. The good thing about the support is they themselves are involved in building houses.

Yesterday, we mobilized our team to dispatch 20 tents for Nuwakot, 33 tents to Dhading and 25 distributed in Kumari Gram-cha, a locality at Baluwa, Gokarna.  Updates from other locations are yet to come as our coordinated teams are in field. Please find the RNA form and support provided so far in the attachments. For more, we keep writing you our updates.

With best regards

Om Krishna Shrestha, MSW
Secretary General and Founder Member
Social Workers’ Association Nepal
Mob.No.: 977-1-9849951336
                                                               
Form used for Rapid Needs Assessment
Roster of disaster response team members
Roster of relief support groups

On May 1, 2015, at 12:53 AM, Om Krishna Shrestha <srst.om076@icloud.com> wrote:

For your update, we are coordinating with institutional and individual partners to dispatch the first aid support and carrying out Rapid Needs Assessment at the same time. Today a team of our members visited the disaster zone named Sindhupalchwok with first aid support and carried out rapid assessment there. It reported ninety percent of the houses are destroyed, 875 plus deaths and more than 279 injured. The initial sign of potential threat of diarrhea, fever and malaria are seen due to unhygienic sanitation, frequent rainfall and unorganized settlements. The potential exposure of decayed bodies particularly of animals can boost the threat as, much of the focuses are given only to the human bodies at present. Similarly, our another team went to the Bhaktapur ward number 7 and the observed conditions are much similar. Except the threat of wrath and seize while distributing supports. Support distribution at Bhaktapur was much easier than Sindhupalchowk, as it is one of the development centers that is closer to Kathmandu district and connected with accessible roads to source the relief supplies. Whilst, in Sindhupalchwok, the damaged property is high in ratio, number of deaths is still increasing and, because of the search and rescue operation government has not been able to dispatch the relief supplies in adequate amount, yet.

However, we are coordinating with District Administration Office, Police force and Red Cross unit at Sindhupalchwok. A team of social work students from St. Xavier’s College will be mobilized there soon, also individual and institutional supports (first aid, safety and basic needs) will be sourced in and out of the country. Tomorrow we are sending a coordinated team of 12 members to Sindhupalchwok with sizable amount of relief supplies for distribution. However, another team of coordinated support group is heading toward Nuwakot, as well.

Om Krishna Shrestha, MSW

On Apr 28, 2015, at 10:40 PM, Carol Cohen <cohen5@adelphi.edu> wrote:

Yes Om, the news becomes more dreadful by the day.  Thank you for taking the time to email me.  Please accept my sincere condolences.  Our thoughts are with you,your family, colleagues and all those affected.

Would it be okay to post your reply on the Global Group Work Website:  www.globalgroupworkproject.com, as well on the International Association for Social Work with Groups site: www.iaswg.org ?

Please let me know if there are ways to assist your organizations (Social Workers’ Association Nepal, School of Social Work or others) in this effort, and I will post that as well.

Thank you and very best wishes,

Carol

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 12:07 PM, Om Krishna Shrestha <srst.om076@icloud.com> wrote:

Thank you Carol, its true that we experienced and witnessed one of the biggest earthquakes in the history of Nepal. You must be listening news of more than four thousand death, wounded, set apart from family members and lost of every thing. Its a moment of great grief and we pray for all those who lost their beloved and family members. However, we are trying our best to source our earnest support to causalities.

RIP to all those who lost their life in this earthquake.

with best regards

Om Krishna Shrestha, MSW

On Apr 27, 2015, at 2:30 PM, Carol Cohen <cohen5@adelphi.edu> wrote:

Dear Om,

I have been thinking about you, your colleagues and the many people you work with and connect in Nepal.  It seems like such a long time since we met in Melbourne this past summer at the Special Interest Group on Groupwork.  The news reports are heartbreaking and I know there are many needs to be addressed.  I wonder how we might be of any help across this long distance.  Please reach out if you are able.

My very best wishes,

Carol

Dr. Carol S. Cohen, Associate Professor, Adelphi University School of Social Work

 

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Recent GGWP News and Exciting Upcoming Events

Members of the Global Group Work Project were proud to attend the recent Social Work Day at the UN: Advocating for the Dignity and Worth of all People that took place on 3/23/15 in New York City.  The event was attended by social workers all over the world who are dedicated to working toward the goals of the Global Agenda on Social Work and Social Development.

There are several other events recently announced that our subscribers will not want to miss:

  • “ACT BEYOND 2015 EXPO” is an exhibition of the best advertising campaigns produced by non-governmental organizations, associations, foundations, institutions & communication agencies in the areas covered by the 8 United Nations Millennium Development Goals.  If you have developed a communication campaign focused on one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, you are invited to submit your campaign. It will highlight your contribution to the unprecedented global efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.  Click Here for more information.
  • 1st Joint Conference of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa, The International Federation of Social Workers, and the Association of South African Social Work Educational Institutions; Social Work and Developmental Social Welfare: Local Realities and Global Transformations.  This conference will be held in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa 4 – 7 October 2015.  Click Here for more information about the event and Calls for Papers and Presentations.
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SOCIAL WORK DAY AT THE UN– REGISTRATION BEGINS TODAY!

Social Work Day at the United Nations, Monday March 23, 2015
— Register March 9, 1:00 PM at:  http://bluehawk.monmouth.edu/swork/UN —

The most up to date information about Social Work Day at the UN (Monday, March 23, 2015 from 9:00 am – noon) is available at: http://bluehawk.monmouth.edu/swork/UN.

Past attendees have found this event extremely valuable — Please note that the Registration Site will open Monday, March 9th at 1:00 PM.  Space will likely fill the very first day of registration.  Anyone wanting to attend should be prepared to register as soon as possible once the site opens, at: http://bluehawk.monmouth.edu/swork/UN

Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group publishers have compiled an open-access compilation of articles related to the UN Day’s theme of Dignity and Worth of All Peoples — it is available at: http://tandf.msgfocus.com/q/1HJxNNQAgj3YL9phN6w8g/wv

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IMPORTANT UPDATES

IASWG SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS:  The International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) has recently announced an extension to the 15th of FEBRUARY for its Call for Proposals deadline for the Annual Symposium 4-7 JUNE, 2015.  For more information about this, please click here.

CALL FOR ESSAYS CELEBRATING DIVERSITY IN GROUPS WORK: In addition, the Journal Social Work with Groups has recently released a Call for Narrative Essays for its 40th Anniversary Special Issue: Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity.  This is a wonderful opportunity to publish about your experience of diversity in group work practice, education and research.  Submissions are due 1st of  JULY, 2015. For more information, please click here.

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Happy New Year from the GGWP

The Global Group Work Project is looking forward to the start of 2015 and continuing to bring together people from around the world who are involved or interested in group work practice and research.  The past year was filled with great achievements for the GGWP, and the new year will continue with more important projects and events.  These include the International Association of Social Work with Groups’ 37th Annual Symposium to take place in June and hosted by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and the continued involvement of the GGWP in supporting the Global Group Work Agenda that is headed by the International Federation of Social Workers and the International Association of Schools of Social Work.  Make sure to check out our Conference page and Global Agenda page for more details on these events.  We always look forward to feedback from our subscribers so please send us messages at anytime.

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IASWG SYMPOSIUM CALL FOR PAPERS ANNOUNCEMENT!!

XXXVII ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS (IASWG), June 4-7, Chapel Hill, NC.

“Group Work: Creating Space for All Voices”

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Please join the IASWG in Chapel HillNorth Carolina June 4 – 7, for the 37th Annual Symposium  hosted by the Faculty of Social Work at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. We welcome students, faculty, agency administrators, practitioners of various disciplines, and community developers who utilize the group modality to submit papers, workshops, posters, and other innovative presentation formats.

Click here for more information on Call for Papers.

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2014, Melbourne, Australia: Successful Special Interest Group on Groupwork Brings Together World Conference Participants

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Special Interest Group on Social Work with Groups:                                                Joining Together from 2004-2014

2014 Melbourne SIG on Groupwork Photo

Convened by Carol S. Cohen (United States), Sharima Ruwaida Abbas (Malaysia), and Carol Irizarry (Australia), over 30 Joint World Conference attendees participated in a Special Interest Group on Groupwork in Melbourne, Australia in July, 2014.  The areas identified as their home countries were: Australia, Austria, Canada/Quebec, China, Hong Kong,  Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

Access a Downloadable Version of this Post: 2014 Melbourne Special Interest Post for Global Group Work Project Site

Access the Special Interest Group PowerPoint:  2014 Melbourne Special Interest Group on Social Work with Groups

Session Summary by Carol Irizarry & Photos by Sharima Ruwaida Abbas

     1) Background to the formation of this Special Interest Group

The session began with an acknowledgment of the consistent energy and effort that Carol Cohen had contributed to arranging a Special Interest Group at the social work international conferences over the past decade.  She was thanked by the group members. (I am so grateful for these kind words and fantastic collaborators! — Carol)

Carol gave a brief background of the formation of a Special Interest group over the years and the increasing participation in the sessions. The goal of organizing these sessions was to strengthen and sustain the connections of social workers from around the world who were using groups as part of their practice or whose interest was focused on social work with groups. Carol showed pictures of the groups that had been convened at previous conferences.

     2) Introductions – Group Work Practice

Members of the group introduced themselves and spoke about their particular connection to group work and their motivation for coming to this session.  Many group work programs were identified as central to the practice of those who attended.  Following are the kinds of groups or populations that those who were present identified as there are of work:

  • children’s groups
  • disaster groups
  • inpatient rehab and community rehab recovery
  • domestic violence
  • disability
  • sexual abuse
  • suicide survivors
  • mental illness, child mental health & community mental health
  • relocation groups
  • university student groups
  • therapeutic theatre groups,
  • psychodynamic groups
  • committee groups
  • groups in private practice
  • school groups,
  • single mothers groups
  • mothers with mental health issues,
  • indigenous group work
  • hospital in-patient groups

Each person gave a short more detailed description of his or her practice in the above area.

In addition to those who were involved in convening groups as part of their direct social work practice, there were others who introduced themselves and talked about their interest in and involvement with groups in a non-client capacity. These areas were identified as:

  • teaching
  • research
  • supervision
  • political groups
  • feminist
  • journal of group work,
  • change management and change groups
  • self-directed research on group work

There was quite a variety among those who attended this session in their use of group work but the common thread was a recognition of the value of groups in social work and a commitment to continuing learning from others about group work in contexts different from their own.  As members talked they identified common themes but also the impact of their own cultural or political context on their work.

Greg Tully, President of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) encouraged everyone to check out the site at: http://www.iaswg.org, and consider participating in the international association, including the annual symposium.  The Symposium was in Calgary, Canada this past June, and will be in North Carolina, US in June, 2015.

     3) Common Themes

Emerging from the introductions and subsequent discussions were several common themes which members agreed were of importance to fostering a high standard of practice with groups.  These themes were:

  • Courses on Social work with Groups need to be included in social work curriculum across the world. This teaching should include all levels of assessment, intervention and evaluation.
  • Continued training is important for those working with groups in the field
  • Assessment of skills in working with groups needs to be constantly revisited and developed
  • Assessment by observing “actual” groups work practice is important including reflection on the work

     4) Research

There was discussion and exchange of ideas around research by those who regarded social group work as central to their interests.  A few of the projects on interest and/or being undertaken were:

  • The use of group supervision in fieldwork
  • Best practice in supervision of group work students
  • Peer supervision (in New Zealand)
  • Evaluation studies of effectiveness of group practice
  • Use of groups in the classroom
  • Contribution of group learning in social work group supervision

We discussed the possibility of small groups of groupworkers applying for IASSW Grants, to work on one or more of these research areas. Information on this grant program is available at: http://www.iassw-aiets.org/project-funding.  Grants are for up to $4,000.00 (US), and it must be an international proposal, with at least 3 social work education programs from at least 2 countries.  People interested in this possibility can contact attendees directly.

     5) Communication

Most of the time together was spent in discussion and sharing ideas and suggestions around the subjects listed above.  To foster and encourage continued exchanges it was decided to open a Facebook site so that those who attended could keep in touch with each other if they wished and post relevant information about themselves, their work or material related to group work.  Research projects and information about articles could also be posted.

Anyone who would like their groupwork-related materials (including presentations, papers, photos, and queries) posted on the Global Group Work Project site at http://www.globalgroupworkproject.com can send them to Carol Cohen at cohen5@adelphi.edu.

Photos of Our Special Interest Group Session:                                                       July, 2014 Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne 2014 Special Interest Group Circle

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Greetings from Melbourne, Australia

The Joint World Conference will begin on Today, Wednesday, 9 July here at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center in Australia.

The Conference is a great opportunity to get together with practitioners, educators and other friends of groupwork!  There are a range of groupwork-focused presentations at the Conference, as well as more informal events. If you would like to connect here in Melbourne, please feel free to email me at: cohen5@adelphi.edu, and I will try to facilitate getting together, and post presentation details on this site during and after the conference.

We have been successful in arranging for a one hour Symposium/ Special Interest Group on Friday, 11 July, 15:30-16:30 (2:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Level 2, Room 220).  It is listed as Session 8H in the Program, page 8, (Special Interest Group on Social Work with Groups: Joining Together).   Sharima Ruwaida Abbas (Malaysia), Carol Irizarry (Australia) and I (US), will convene the discussion.  As in the past, this session is an important opportunity for networking, support, and advancing our work together.  Numerous research and educational innovations have come from these sessions.

Please come and share your successes, projects and challenges — and of course, questions and ideas for working together to advance groupwork.   This is a big anniversary for our Special Interest Group in Groupwork – our first one was at the Adelaide World Congress in 2004!   We hope that you will attend if you are at the Conference, and send your ideas if you cannot be here, and encourage others to join us.  As in the past, we will circulate a summary, attendance and photo after the event.

Here are some other groupwork related sessions at the Conference – Please email cohen5@adelphi.edu to have your presentations added to this list.

Cohen, Carol S. (Presenting) & Deng, Suo. (Paper Session: 4D/M210; Day: Thursday 10 July; Time: 15:30-16:20 Paper at 16:00-16:10; Room: Level 2, Room 210). Being and Working Together:  Collaboration to Expand Social Work with Groups in Beijing, China  

Cohen, Carol S. & Tully, Greg. (Electronic Poster Presentation). Navigating with the IASWG Standards for Social Work with Groups in Practice, Supervision and Education.

Members of the International Association for Social Work with Groups are the Global Group Work Project are here and looking forward to networking and building enduring connections.

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New Updates!

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WELCOME TO THE GLOBAL GROUP WORK PROJECT!

The GGWP is looking forward to seeing many of our colleagues from around the world during the upcoming International Association for Social Work with Groups Symposium in Calgary, Alberta Canada.  This annual symposium is a wonderful event to meet group workers from around the world and learn about global practice and research.  Make sure to check out our Conference Page to see all the upcoming events that you won’t want to miss and then explore the extensive global group work resources available here from our website.

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The GGWP is excited to announce some great upcoming events and to report on the recent activities of the project.  In late March 2014, a group of social group workers from the New York City area were treated to a wonderful dialogue with David Jones of the UK.  David is the past president of the International Federation of Social Workers, and one of the framers of the IFSW & IASSW’s Global Social Work Agenda.  David presented about the ongoing work with the Global Agenda and then engaged our members in a conversation about ways for social workers to continue their involvement towards meeting the Global Agenda goals particularly through group work strategies and interventions.  It was extremely gracious of David to spend this time with us and we will keep you posted about this discussion and about similar events in the future.

Another important upcoming event is the 31st Annual Social Work Day at the UN set to take place on Friday April 28, 2014 from 10am to 12:30pm.  To participate, you must register by this Friday April 10th!!  Click here to get more info. and to RSVP.

Lastly, make sure to check out our Conference Page to see all the upcoming events that you won’t want to miss and then explore the extensive global group work resources available here from our website.  Go Global Group Work!

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Reflecting on the year 2013

The Year 2013 has been filled with important events and achievements for the Global Group Work community.  The International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) held its 35th Annual Symposium in Boston, MA which was a great success, bringing together group workers from around the globe to share information about the research and practice of group work.  To see information regarding exciting global events and conferences already planned for 2014, Click Here or scroll down below.

In addition, the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development continues to progress with its work toward its core goals of:

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

Click Here to download the entire Global Agenda.

Lastly, the Global Group Work Project joins the rest of the world in mourning the recent passing of Nelson Mandela (Tata Madiba).  As the IASWG Chapter Chairperson from South Africa said best:
He respected all, judged nobody, did not discriminate, believed in human worth and dignity, pleaded for equity, lobbied for children and the elderly and their rights. He stood for peace and reconciliation. He acted as mediator, he calmed emotions, and he facilitated change. He was everything that a father should be. He led by example.”

We mourn the loss of such an amazing global group work leader, but we celebrate Madiba’s legacy for peace and unity that will last forever in us all.

Best wishes for an exciting New Year Global Community!

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The XXXVI Annual IASWG Symposium has been announced for June 5-8, 2014.

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This annual symposium is a wonderful event to meet group workers from around the world and learn about global practice and research.  Click here for more symposium information and to find out about calls for proposals.

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OCTOBER 2013 UPDATES

EXCITING UPCOMING CONFERENCES:

SWSD2014_WebTileMelbourne-_skyline_river_Joint World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development:   The 2014 bi-annual conference will take place in Melbourne, Australia, 7/9-7/12.  Abstracts are due by October 18th.  This extraordinary conference (sponsored by the IASSW, IFSW and ICSD) provides an opportunity to join together with social work and social development practitioners, educators and students from around the world. The conference is a powerful venue for building groupwork investment and knowledge.

10th International Conference on Practice Learning and Field Education:  Practice Teaching Conference.  Call for Papers: Abstracts are due by October 18th. This conference will take place in Glasgow, Scotland, 4/7-4/8th, and is titled: Connections: Creating connections, repairing disconnections, and building relationships in practice learning and field education. The conference will consider questions such as: How do we develop the relationship between academic research and teaching, and workplace learning and practice?; How do we manage the transition from study to employment?; How do we do all this in the context of Globalisation, Interprofessional education and the current emphasis on collaborative working, and Time of great organisational change in health and social care.

173Third International Conference on Practice Research:  This conference will take place at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, 6/9-6/11th.  Call for Papers:  Abstracts are due by October 15th.  The conference will focus on “building a bridge” linking social work research and practice, in order to promote innovative, flexible and fully collaborative practice-research strategies.

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SUMMER 2013 UPDATES

HAPPY SUMMER (OR WINTER) TO ALL OF OUR GLOBAL SUBSCRIBERS!

CHECK OUT THESE NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SITE:

1. New resources on:  The Global Agenda and Conferences

2. Reflections on the 2013 IASWG Symposium in Boston, Massachusetts, US and 2014 IASWG Symposium in Calgary, Alberta, CA.

globalThe Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development: Commitment to Action was adopted by the IFSW, IASWG & ICSW and presented to the United Nations in March, 2012.
As noted in the introduction:
As social workers, educators and social development practitioners, we witness the daily realities of personal, social and community challenges. We believe that now is our time to work together, at all levels, for change, for social justice, and for the universal
implementation of human rights, building on the wealth of social initiatives and social movements. We, the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), and the International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW), recognise that the past and present political economic, cultural
and social orders, shaped in specific contexts, have unequal consequences for global, national and local communities and have negative impacts on people.
People engaged with social work with groups will find many points of resonance in this document.  Click here to see the entire agenda.

We believe that Social Work with Groups will play an integral role in helping this global agenda become realized. In the next few months, we will engage with you all, our subscribers, in discussion about this issue as we seek to collectively engage and strategize about ways to pursue involvement.

IASWG ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM IN BOSTON (JUNE 6th – 9th) IS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

Check out our Conferences page to get updated information for the 35th Annual International Symposium of IASWG as well as others set to take place this year!

FOR ALL IASWG GROUP NEWS AND NEWSLETTERS.  CLICK HERE!

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