Commission on Group Work in Social Work Education
The co-chairs are Carol Cohen and Mark Macgowan. Committee members are Martin Birnbaum, Jen Clements, Marcia Cohen, Mark Doel, Charles Garvin, Dana Grossman Leeman, Jennie Fleming, Linda McArdle, Kyle McGee, Donna McLaughlin, Olga Molina, Barbara Muskat, Sonia Spelters, and Mark Smith.
The original mandate of the Commission on Group Work in Social Work Education Committee focused on the strengthening of the teaching of social work practice with groups in social work schools and programs in the United States.
At first, through joint efforts with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the United States, two texts devoted to teaching social work with groups in the advanced practice curriculum and in the field were published. Work with CSWE and the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) in the US ensured that workshops on teaching social group work were available at each of these organization’s annual conferences.
The work of the Commission was expanded in 2002 to Canada. Outreach was made to all the Canadian Schools of Social Work, inviting schools to develop relationships and work cooperatively to enhance students’ preparation for social work practice with groups. The Commission is continuing to explore possible relationships with CSWE, BPD, and Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). We will also focus on ways to develop stronger relationships with other social work education organizations and schools internationally. An ongoing project of the Commission has been the exemplar group work course syllabi exchange, available to IASWG members. The syllabi exchange features syllabi for undergraduate, masters and doctoral level coursework and can be found in the Resources section of our website.
Currently, we are focusing our efforts on enhancing the teaching resources section on the IASWG website. If you have a course syllabus or other teaching resources for consideration for posting on our website, please send them to: Carol Cohen or Mark Macgowan.
Register now for the 2017 IASWG NYC Symposium.
Submit your Symposium Poster Presentation Proposal by March 15th. Click here to learn more.
Coming in July! Group Work Camp in Wisconsin, USA.
Call for Papers: Groupwork invites you to submit papers that critically address the use of groupwork in all aspects of working with people who have experirenced political oppression. To learn moreGroupwork with people who have experienced political oppression, learn more here. Deadline January 1, 2018.
2017 Groupwork Student Essay Competition - Whiting and Birch are happy to announce the third Groupwork Essay Prize of $100.00. Student groupworkers are invited to submit an essay or paper on any aspect of their practice of groupwork. Any student on a first degree or masters program, or those who have graduated in 2016, may submit an essay or paper (maximum 5,000 words) for the prize.
Free Access to newest Groupwork article! Click here to read, "From lessons to sessions: How does second language teaching experience translate to psychoeducational group facilitation?," by current IASWG members.