2017 IASWG Symposium

New York University, New York, USA
Co-sponsored by the NYU Silver School of Social Work
June 7th - June 10th, 2017

Thank you for showcasing and sharing our mission at 2017 IASWG Symposium!

This year's IASWG annual symposium offered us an amazing platform to model our mission and show exactly how group work can provide creative strategies for facing change in challenging times.

Over 350 members of our IASWG community took the opportunity afforded by the 2017 IASWG Symposium to learn and celebrate together to keep group work wisdom and practice alive and thriving so that people, groups, communities, and the planet can change, survive, and flourish.

As you return to your agency or campus, remember to leverage the connections you made and carry the momentum of IASWG 2017 forward by networking with peers through social media; diving deeper into your local chapter at an upcoming professional development opportunity; or by extending your leadership by volunteering for an IASWG committee in the upcoming year.  If you haven't done so already, please take a few minutes to share feedback on your symposium experience via the brief survey which was emailed to you; your ideas will help make IASWG 2018 in South Africa even better.

Keep an eye on the IASWG Group News for recaps, highlights, and photos of our unforgettable experience! 

To view pictures from the 2017 IASWG Symposium, please visit our album on Facebook by clicking here

Event Program

  • For the full symposium program, including the educational presentation offerings, please click here
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 Wednesday, June 7th:

  • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Field Instructor Institute — Facilitator: Ronnie Glassman
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Diversity Institute — Facilitators: Kyle McGee & Sam Benbow
  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Mutual Aid Institute — Facilitator: Alex Gitterman
  • 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Neighborhood Walking Tour:A History of the Workers and Labor Movement that Built New York
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Activist New York Guided Exhibition Tour at the Museum of the City of New York
  • 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: IASWG Board Meeting
  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Opening Reception- Sumner Gill Memorial Plenary with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres

Thursday, June 8th:

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Session 1 Educational Presentations
  • 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Session 2 Educational Presentations
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Session 3 Educational Presentations
  • 12:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Lunch, Beulah G. Rothman Memorial Plenary, and World Cafe Experience
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Session 4 Educational Presentations
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Session 5 Educational Presentations     
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: IASWG Membership Meeting and Special Screening of Marty Birnbaum's Film about Central Park

Friday, June 9th:

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Session 6 Educational Presentations
  • 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Session 7 Educational Presentations
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Session 8 Educational Presentations
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own  
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Invitational Sessions (3)    
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Session 9 Educational Presentations
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Session 10 Educational Presentations
  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Gala Reception (Poster Presentations, Joan K. Parry Memorial Plenary, Dinner, D.J. and Dancing)

Saturday, June 10th:

  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Session 11 Educational Presentations
  • 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Invitationals (3)
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Session 12 Educational Presentations
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Closing Ceremony
  • 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Integrating Science and Art in Social Group Work Practice Institute — Facilitator: Lawrence Shulman

Special Presentations

​Plenaries

  • Children of War in Ukraine: Exploring the Trauma of War Through Collective Creative Writing (Wednesday, 6/7 from 7 PM to 8 PM)
    • Presenter: Dr. Olga Derkachova
  • Homeless Services: Using Group Work to Strengthen Permanency Outcomes for Families with Children in Shelters (Thursday, 6/8 from 1 PM to 2 PM)
    • Presenter: Jahmani Hylton, LMSW
  • Social Work in 40 Objects Project (Friday, 6/9 from 7 PM to 8 PM)
    • Presenter: Dr. Mark Doel


Invitationals

  • Spark School Based Possibility: Maximize the Milieu (Friday, 6/9 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)
    • Presenter: Stephanie Stolzenbach
  • Group Work and Social Justice (Friday, 6/9 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)
    • Presenters: Charles Garvin and Robert Ortega
  • A Spanish Version of the IASWG Standards-Based Inventory of Foundation Competencies in Social Work with Groups: Use and Interpretation with Group Work Students (Friday, 6/9 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM)
    • Presenters: Andres Astray and Mark Macgowan
  • Aider des pères ayant des difficultés d’accès à leur enfant à la suite d’une rupture: le groupe comme vecteur de changement (Saturday, 6/10 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM)
    • Presenters: Martin Camire and Jean-Martin Deslauriers
  • Group Intervention with Immigrants At-Risk of Deportation: A Response to U.S. Government Terror (Saturday, 6/10 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM)
    • Presenter: Mauricio Cifuentes
  • A Story of Resurrection: The IASWG South Florida Chapter Rises (Saturday, 6/10 from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM)
    • Presenters: Kris Drumm and Mark Smith