The International Association for Social Work with Groups, Inc. is the premier international association for social workers and allied helping professionals engaged in group work. The purpose of this non-profit, member-driven organization is to promote excellence in group work practice, education, field instruction, research and publication. The goals of this Association are realized through a program of action and advocacy at both the local and international levels. Members include group workers from Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Namibia, Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Trinidad-Tobago, and U.S.


In Memoriam - Bob Salmon

IASWG has been experiencing loss lately, and we have just learned the sad news of the passing of Bob Salmon. Bob passed painlessly, surrounded by his beloved wife of many years, Sheila, and their children and grandchildren. Services were arranged quickly, and some IASWG members were able to attended at B’nai Keshet Synagogue, 99 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey. Bob was Professor Emeritus of the Hunter College School of Social Work. He taught at Hunter since joining the faculty in 1971, and he served as Hunter’s Associate Dean or Interim Dean for sixteen years. Bob was also a prolific writer, publishing five books, and over fifty articles and chapters; most of his writing was about group work practice. While at Hunter, Bob was a beloved classroom professor and faculty colleague for many of us in IASWG. Bob was a cherished longtime member of IASWG. He served on the IASWG Board for decades, including a long stint as IASWG Treasurer. We will miss Bob’s bright mind, warm spirit, positive attitude, and strong commitment to group work. Read more here.


In Memoriam - Steve Kraft

It is with great sadness that we communicate to all of you that Steve Kraft, current Past President of IASWG, passed away just a few days ago. Steve was originally diagnosed with lung cancer almost 10 years ago; he survived the disease until now, enjoying an additional decade of productive years. Steve cherished his large and loving family, and he is survived by his lovely wife of many decades, Aura, his several siblings, and his many beloved children and grandchildren. Steve’s family shared with us: “He died very peacefully, surrounded by his family, visited constantly by close friends, and with a lot of love and joy...his incredible love of life, and his deep connection to so many people who loved him and whom he loved, enabled him to live almost ten years longer than any of the doctors predicted…it was a great ten years, both for him, and for those of us lucky enough to spend time with him.” Steve was loved by so many in our IASWG organization. He connected warmly and passionately with many of us, and as IASWG President he was charismatic and dedicated. His love of social group work, and his commitment to the mission and values of IASWG, including the power of mutual aid, the importance of international outreach and development, and the need for global diversity and connection, were evident to anyone who had the pleasure to know him. He will be very much missed. To read  more about Steve's life (an obituary written by his family, and additional biographical information), or to leave remembrances, please click here.

Join us for the 2016 Symposium!

We invite you to join us in New York City, New York, USA on June 15-18, 2016 for the 38th International Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG). The IASWG Symposium provides opportunities for the membership of IASWG to: meet others interested in and committed to the use of groups in social work; to hear and consider new approaches to social work with groups; to socialize; to help shape the present and the future of social group work in social work and in social work education; and to participate in decision making that directs the business of the Association. Our theme this year is “Group Work across the Globe: Building Transformative Connections”, and the vibrant city of New York is an ideal location to gather and explore this topic together. Stimulating Plenaries and Invitationals, many papers and workshops, pre-symposium sessions, several shared meals and receptions – IASWG is the place to connect, share, and transform.


Learn more about the Symposium here.

The Benefits of Membership

The purpose of this non-profit, member-driven organization is to promote excellence in group work practice, education, field instruction, research and publication. The thousands of members that have joined with us over the years have both benefited by and enriched our association. We hope you join us too.

  • Make connections with fellow group work practitioners, professors, authors, and scholars locally and internationally
  • Share your ideas and successes in group work so that others can learn from you and vice versa
  • Access online resources for teaching group work classes, for addressing group work practice dilemmas, and for students preparing for professional presentations or professional work
  • Attend international symposia and local conferences at a reduced rate
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Current Organizational Members:

These organizations currently support the mission of IASWG and group work. We thank them for their support.

Adelphi University
Barry University
Boston University 
Florida International University, PhD Program
Loyola University Chicago
Molloy College
North Carolina State University
Union University
University of Calgary
University of Central Florida
University of Denver
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
‚ÄčUniversity of Southern California


Organizational Members receive the many benefits, including acknowledgement in our annual Symposium Program; discounts on Symposium Program ads; and discounts for faculty/staff for the IASWG Symposium.