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Diversity Institute (Wednesday, June 7th from 9:00AM - 12:00PM)
Common Ground: Acknowledging our Global Voices
Presenters: Dr. Samuel R. Benbow, PhD & Kyle M. McGee, LMSW

Participants will explore ways to find common ground amongst diverse global perspectives, experiences, and beliefs where all voices can be heard and respected. Through discussion and experiential activities, attendees will learn ways to ensure their group work efforts are multi-culturally sensitive, and intentional towards creating a safe space for constructive dialogue and community building. A perspective of diversity that examines the idea of global voice and empowerment from local, regional and global levels will be integrated and developed. The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education (3 CEUs) and has a $70 registration fee.

Field Instructors’ Workshop (Wednesday, June 7th from 9:00AM - 12:00PM)
Challenges in Student Supervision
Presenter: Dr. Urania (Ronnie) Glassman, PhD

The interaction between supervisor and supervisee can generate challenges. Good communication and relational processes are vital for a successful supervisory relationship. When they are ignored or not addressed skillfully, the learning process can go astray. The facilitator of this session will focus on the opportunities and challenges that arise during supervision, including the supervision of group work. The methods and skills required to achieve effective supervision will be addressed. The seminar format will include presentation, discussion, and role-play. Practice examples will be drawn from the participants’ supervisory practice. The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education, and has no additional registration fee.

Mutual Aid Institute (Wednesday, June 7th from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Building Mutual Aid in Groups with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations
Presenter: Dr. Alex Gitterman, PhD
Mutual aid is the primary rationale for the development of group services. By their very nature, group mutual aid systems universalize individual issues, reduce isolation, and mitigate stigma through their powerful yet subtle interpersonal processes. Through presentation, discussion, and role-plays, attendees will connect knowledge, methods, and skills of group development to assist groups in building mutual support and dealing with dysfunctional interpersonal processes such as withdrawing, testing, scapegoating, and monopolizing. Using the backdrop of time (preliminary, beginning, middle and termination phases), the social worker’s skills in helping group members to help each other will be emphasized. The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education (3 CEUs), and has a $70 registration fee.

Social Group Work Practice Institute (Saturday, June 10th from 1:00PM - 4:00PM)
Integrating Science and Art in Social Group Work Practice
Presenters: Dr. Lawrence Shulman, PhD

This session will address integrating science and art in social group work practice, including how to incorporate elements from evidenced-based group work models to enhance our artistry rather than restricting it. Social work has a history of successful group work practice using different orientations such as mutual aid. The emergence of prescriptive evidenced-based practice models, mostly developed by other professions, suggests a false dichotomy between "science" and "art". This presentation, through lecture and discussion, addresses how we can integrate strategies from evidenced-based practice models while maintaining both the core of social group work practice and the unique aspects of the role of social work in our society. The Institute offers 3 hours of continuing education (3 CEUs), and has a $70 registration fee.

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Neighborhood Walking Tour: A History of the Workers and Labor Movement that Built New York (Wednesday, June 7th from 1:00PM - 3:30PM)
Walk with us as we talk about the workers and labor movement that built New York. This two-hour walking tour will have us weaving through NYC’s Central & East Village and the Lower East Side; this tour explains the role that immigrants and the labor movement have played in the growth of New York City. Topics could include: sites associated with the first Labor Day Parade in 1882, the ILGWU; the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; Samuel Gompers; Emma Goldman; Peter Cooper; and Clara Lemlich. Dates of significant American labor history are featured. The registration fee is $40, and the tour will begin from the IASWG Symposium site at NYU.