Dear IASWG members and group work advocates:
Our IASWG Group News is an opportunity to share good news, and we have lots of good news to share about IASWG these days.
IASWG Committee and Chapter Activity: The June IASWG Board meeting was engaging and energizing. We had full representation from our many IASWG Chapter Representatives and IASWG Committee Chair/Co-Chairs, and the result was an active and productive meeting. Committee Chairs/Co-chairs presented and discussed all of the noteworthy accomplishments and progress currently happening in their Committee areas, and they outlined ways in which the Committees would continue to contribute to IASWG in the future. Each of our 17 chapters had a representative at the Board meeting: Tennessee, South Africa, Germany, North Carolina, Northeast Ohio, European, Lithuania, Southern California, Central Florida, Toronto, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida, Long Island, Francophone Chapter, Illinois, NYC, and Pennsylvania. The IASWG Board members (including all of the IASWG Committee Chairs/Co-chairs and IASWG Chapter Representatives) plan to meet in November at Fordham University in NYC to share current IASWG accomplishments and to plan for future endeavors, including setting priorities/goals for 2017. In addition, IASWG Chapter folks have been conducting chapter events the past few months, and are actively planning future activities. Lastly, the Executive Committee of the IASWG Board phone conferenced recently to discuss current IASWG issues; our most recent IASWG Treasurer Reports submitted by our IASWG Treasurer, Dominique Steinberg, have shown that we continue to move forward with financial prudence and with financial health.
IASWG 2016 and 2017 NYC Symposia The IASWG 2016 NYC Symposium at the New York University (NYU) Global Center was a big success. The IASWG 2016 NYC Symposium Planning Committee members (Christine Wilkins, Sari Skolnik, John Genke, and Emily Wilk), led by IASWG Symposium Chair, Dana Leeman, created a symposium event in New York on June 15-18 that was a memorable experience for all who attended. Located on the beautiful Washington Square Park campus of NYU, we had thoughtful and scholarly presentations, with hundreds of group workers from across the globe joining together at NYU to share group work knowledge and skills. The Plenary, Invitational, and Institute/Outstitute events were dynamic; one Plenary panel addressed the role of group work in the current global refugee crisis, and another Plenary panel examined the current state of group work education worldwide including the growing number of online group work courses. One of our Invitational sessions focused on group work with Muslim women, and another discussed group work with young survivors of global terrorism. The NYC 2017 Symposium, to be held once again at the New York University (NYU) Global Center promises to be a lovely event; you should make plans (and encourage others to make plans) to attend next June 7-10!
Steady/Strong Membership Numbers: Many members were recruited or renewed during the 2016 IASWG membership year, and the Membership Committee (Meghan O’Donnell and Ann Bergart, Co-Chairs) will be challenging all of us to work with them in 2017 to maintain and grow our currently healthy membership base. Be sure to renew your IASWG membership early for the 2017 membership year, and please reach out to other group workers you know to encourage them to join for 2017! Communication with all members will continue during 2017 through our various forms of IASWG contact: website, email, e-blast, phone, mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Group News. Our new membership system, MemberClicks, is being successfully overseen by our Operations Administrator, Emily Wilk; MemberClicks provides more opportunities/methods for membership outreach, website operation, and member/chapter communication.
Promotion of Group Work Scholarship: With regard to our IASWG website, Emily Wilk (Website Administrator) is working with both the IASWG Practice Committee and Commission on Social work Education Committee to add new group work educational resources to the IASWG website in the next month or two. In addition, journal publications like Social Work with Groups continue to feature IASWG members in group work journal scholarship; for example, Joanne Sulman, Nancy Sullivan, and Anna Nosko just guest edited a wonderful issue of Social Work with Groups focused on nondeliberative forms of practice (with many articles written by IASWG members.).
IASWG Chapter Growth: We added two new IASWG Chapters in the past two years, our IASWG Francophone Chapter (a language-based IASWG Chapter that welcomes global IASWG French speaking members), and our IASWG Tennessee Chapter. Currently in development is the creation of a new IASWG Chapter in Spain. In addition, we continue to successfully spread our group work advocacy and activity beyond North America. Our IASWG Chapter members from our European Chapter, German Chapter, South Africa Chapter, and Lithuania Chapter are active and productive, and each of these IASWG Chapters sent a good number of presenters and attendees to our 2016 NYC Symposium. Visit our website for evidence of the good work being done by our Chapter Development Committee members, led by Chapter Development Chair, Tanja Schmitz-Remberg, and our many global IASWG Chapters.
Board Elections- Our three new Board members elected by the IASWG membership, Reshawna Chappel, Alexis Howard, and William Pelech, will join us for their first Board meeting in NYC in November. Each of them will gradually become involved in IASWG Committee work in the upcoming months; we look forward to all three of them serving on the IASWG Board starting in November. Much appreciation to the Nominations and Elections Committee for overseeing a smooth election process (Kyle McGee, Chair, and the Committee members: Daniela Riccelli, Jorūnė Vyšniauskytė-Rimkienė, Sam Benbow, and Martin Camire); thanks also to Daniela, Martin, Tanja Schmitz-Remberg, and Hilde Mueller for assisting with election ballot translations.
IASWG Global Promotion of Group Work: Throughout the years IASWG has advocated for group work recognition and celebration globally. Our IASWG 2015 Group Work Camps in both the U.S. and Lithuania successfully brought together group workers young and old for experiential group work educational and socialization sessions (planning for the 2017 IASWG Group Work Camp in the U.S. in Wisconsin is already happening, with Jen Clements, John Genke, and Ann Bergart leading the way!) In addition, many of our IASWG members present workshops on group work at global conferences, and IASWG will again play a prominent role at the 2016 U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) conference with a good number of group work presentations as well as our annual IASWG-CSWE Partnership Presentation; it is important for IASWG to connect and network with major global social work organizations to promote group work education and practice internationally. Finally, the IASWG SPARC Committee also promotes group work globally by supporting innovative group work education and practice projects of IASWG members across the world. Carol Cohen and the SPARC Committee members continue to report very positive news about potential SPARC projects supported or endorsed by IASWG.
IASWG is a strong organization right now, and we are successfully carrying out our IASWG mission to ensure that group work practice, education, research, publication, and field instruction survives and thrives. As always, thank you to all of you, our active IASWG members throughout the world, for furthering the IASWG mission to support and strengthen the cause of social group work. We will look forward to celebrating group work together at our 2017 IASWG Symposium in New York!
Greg Tully, IASWG President
Archived President's Pens
Dear IASWG members and group work advocates:
IASWG Committee and Chapter Activity: The recent IASWG Board meeting was engaging and energizing. We had full representation from our many IASWG Chapters and Committees, and the result was an active and productive meeting. Each of our chapters had a representative at the Board meeting: South Africa, Germany, North Carolina, Northeast Ohio, European, Lithuania, Southern California, Central Florida, Toronto, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida, Long Island, Francophone Chapter, Illinois, NYC, and Pennsylvania. Committee Chairs/Co-chairs have begun working with their Committee members on various activities for the 2016 year. In addition, Chapter folks have announced upcoming chapter events or are actively planning them. Important priorities/goals for 2016 have emerged across all 17 IASWG Chapters and 7 IASWG Committees. The Executive Committee of the Board phone conferenced recently to discuss current IASWG issues; the Treasurer Report presented at the November Board meeting by our Treasurer, Dominique Steinberg, demonstrated that we are moving forward with financial prudence and with financial health; we continue to discuss new ideas for increasing revenue through sound investment strategies and creative fundraising (one idea being worked on by Maria Gandarilla and Amirthini Ambrose is to produce IASWG group work webinars for paying consumers.
Steady/Strong Membership Numbers: Members have been joining or renewing as "2016 IASWG members" for months now. The Membership Committee (Meghan O'Donnell and Ann Bergart, Co-Chairs) will be challenging all of us to work with them in 2016 to maintain and grow our currently healthy membership base. Be sure to renew your IASWG membership for 2016! Communication with all members will continue during 2016 through our various forms of IASWG contact: website, email, e-blast, phone, mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Group News. Membership Committee efforts have resulted in a steady/strong membership number for IASWG each year, and our new membership system, MemberClicks, (coming soon!) will be providing more opportunities/methods for membership outreach, website operation, and member/chapter communication. Renew your membership for 2016, and please reach out to other group workers you know to encourage them to join.
IASWG Chapter Growth: We are adding one or two new IASWG Chapters each year. Our IASWG origins were in North America, where we continue to thrive (many of our U.S. IASWG Chapters have strong membership numbers currently, and our chapter activity in Canada has increased with the recently approved Francophone Chapter, a language-based IASWG Chapter that will welcome global IASWG French speaking members.) In addition, we have successfully spread our group work advocacy and activity beyond North America. Our IASWG Chapter members from our European Chapter, German Chapter, South Africa Chapter, and Lithuania Chapter are active and productive, and each of these IASWG Chapters will be sending presenters and attendees to our 2016 NYC Symposium. Visit our website for evidence of the good work being done by our Chapter Development Committee members, led by Chapter Development Chair, Tanja Schmitz-Remberg, and our many global IASWG Chapters.
IASWG Global Promotion of Group Work: Throughout the years IASWG has advocated for group work recognition and celebration globally. Our IASWG 2015 Group Work Camps in both the U.S. and Lithuania successfully brought together group workers young and old for experiential group work educational and socialization sessions. In addition, many of our IASWG members will be presenting workshops on group work at 2016 global conferences, and IASWG will again play a prominent role at the U.S. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) conference with a good number of group work presentations as well as our annual IASWG-CSWE Partnership Presentation; it is important for IASWG to connect and network with major global social work organizations to promote group work education and practice internationally. Finally, the IASWG SPARC Committee also promotes group work globally by supporting innovative group work education and practice projects of IASWG members. At the recent Board meeting in NYC, Carol Cohen and the SPARC Committee members reported very positive news about recent SPARC projects supported or endorsed by IASWG.
All the best,
Pluma del Presidente
IASWG sigue apoyando con éxito y el trabajo temporal en grupo a nivel internacional . Somos una organización fuerte en este momento , y estamos llevando a cabo con éxito nuestra misión IASWG para asegurar que la práctica el trabajo en grupo , la educación , la investigación , la publicación y la instrucción de campo sobrevive y prospera . Como siempre, gracias a todos ustedes , nuestros miembros activos IASWG en todo el mundo , para promover la misión IASWG para apoyar y fortalecer la causa del trabajo de grupo social. Vamos a mirar hacia adelante a celebrar el trabajo en grupo , junto a nuestra IASWG 2016 Simposio en Nueva York!
IASWG weiterhin erfolgreich zu unterstützen und Gruppenarbeit aus dem In- und Ausland. Wir sind eine starke Organisation jetzt, und wir sind erfolgreich IASWG unsere Mission , um sicherzustellen, dass die Praxis der Arbeitsgruppe , Bildung, Forschung , Veröffentlichung und Lehre auf dem Gebiet überleben und zu gedeihen . Wie immer , vielen Dank an alle unsere Mitglieder IASWG Vermögen auf der ganzen Welt IASWG Pflicht zu unterstützen und zu stärken , die Ursache der Arbeits sozialen Gruppe zu fördern. Wir freuen uns auf die Arbeitsgruppe gemeinsam mit unseren IASWG Symposium 2016 in New York zu feiern!
IASWG continue de soutenir avec succès et le travail d'accueil de groupe à l'international . Nous sommes une organisation forte en ce moment , et nous sommes en train de réussir notre mission IASWG de veiller à ce que la pratique du travail de groupe , l'éducation , la recherche , la publication et l'enseignement sur le terrain survivent et prospèrent . Comme toujours , merci à vous tous, nos membres IASWG actifs à travers le monde , pour faire progresser la mission IASWG pour soutenir et renforcer la cause du travail de groupe social. Nous sommes impatients de célébrer le travail de groupe ensemble à notre IASWG Symposium 2016 à New York!
It has been a busy and successful 2015 summer for IASWG. Our IASWG Chapters and our IASWG Board Committees have been very productive. In addition, we joined one another for a wonderful 2015 IASWG Symposium in North Carolina in June, and many of us participated in the exciting activities of our 2015 IASWG Group Work Camp in July at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA. The following information will update you on recent and upcoming IASWG events/activities:
IASWG North Carolina 2015 Symposium
IASWG Group Work Camp In Wisconsin, USA
IASWG Group Work Camp In Birstonas, Lithuania
IASWG New York 2016 Symposium
IASWG Chapter Activity
IASWG Board News
All the best,
Greetings! Important messages and reminders:
1) Please submit an abstract by February 15 to present a paper or workshop at our 2015 IASWG North Carolina Symposium. The most exciting part of our IASWG symposia over the years has been the sharing of group work knowledge and experiences by group work practitioners, students, and academics. The event in North Carolina will take place on the historic and beautiful North Carolina - Chapel Hill campus, and the IASWG Symposium Planning Committee (Dana Leeman, Chair) and the North Carolina Symposium Planning Committee members (Willa Casstevens, Marilyn Ghezzi, and Anne Jones) are creating a symposium experience that will include: staying in a lovely and affordable hotel; delicious meals at various campus and local Chapel Hill venues; stimulating Plenary, Invitational, and paper/workshop/poster presentations; and a variety of other lovely social and educational experiences.
2) Alex Gitterman and Carol Cohen encourage all IASWG/CSWE members to consider submitting within the next few days a group work abstract to the upcoming CSWE conference. It is important that group work content is presented to the many social work educators attending the CSWE event each year. Please see additional information below.
3) Our 2015 IASWG Group Work Camp at Lake Geneva is on the horizon. The Planning Committee (Jen Clements, John Genke, and Ann Bergart) are already planning a wonderful group work camp experience, and more information about the event will be coming soon. The Lithuania Chapter (Jorune Vysniauskyte-Rimkiene, Chapter Chair) is hosting an IASWG Group Work Camp in Lithuania modeled on the Lake Geneva Camp experience Ann Bergart created for us years ago; many IASWG members from the European and German Chapters are assisting Jorune in readying the event for this October.
4) Our IASWG Membership Committee (Joyce Webster, Chair) is working hard to secure many 2015 membership renewals. Please renew your 2015 IASWG membership online at our IASWG website.
5) The Board meeting in NYC two months ago was very productive. Board members from across the globe (many representing our 16 IASWG Chapters) attended. Jen Clements (IASWG Vice President) helped me to organize and facilitate the session; Dominique Steinberg provided a thoughtful and comprehensive Treasurer report outlining our current fiscal stability, and Michael Wagner recorded the meeting minutes for the two-day session. Progress on a variety of IASWG issues was made by all IASWG Committees: Membership (Joyce Webster, Chair); Chapter Development (Patty Underwood, Chair); International Issues (Mark Doel, Chair); Nominations and Elections (Kyle McGee, Chair); Membership Retention and Renewal (Ann Bergart, Chair); Commission (Mark Macgowan and Carol Cohen, Chairs); Economic Development Committee (Steve Kraft, Dominique Steinberg); Marketing (Brian Kelly and Susan Ciardiello, Chairs); Practice (Charles Garvin and Barb Muskat, Chairs); and Symposium Committee (Dana Leeman, Chair). A highlight of the weekend was a diversity session led by Kyle McGee (with the support of Olga Molina, Edna Comer, Maria Gurrola, and Steve Kraft) to identify strategies for increasing diversity on the IASWG Board and throughout the membership of IASWG. Sam Benbow (Pennsylvania Chapter Chair) and Kyle will continue to carry out diversity discussions with IASWG members at their Institute session taking place at the North Carolina Symposium.
6) Many IASWG Chapter events have been held or planned in recent months. IASWG chapter folks have been sending information/photos to Emily Wilk (our IASWG Operations Administrator and Website Manager) for posting on our IASWG website, so search the IASWG website to read about and view photos of these exciting chapter activities. Much appreciation to all the Chapter Chairs and Chapter Representatives for organizing exciting educational and social chapter activities and for managing chapter affairs: Pennsylvania (Sam Benbow); Germany (Klaus-Martin Ellerbrock, Hilde Mueller); Illinois (Joyce Webster); NYC (John Genke, Martie Finkelstein); Long Island (Sari Skolnick); South Africa (Reineth Prinsloo); Lithuania (Jorune Vysniauskyte-Rimkiene); Massachusetts (Sera Godfrey Grantz, Adam Glick); Minnesota (Amirthini Ambrose); Ohio (Mamadou Seck); Toronto (Anna Nosko); Central Florida (Olga Molina); Florida (Laura Farley, Mark Smith); European (Tanja Schmitz-Remberg); California (Vanessa Treadway); North Carolina (Willa Casstevens, Anne Jones); A special event hosted recently by Ginette Berteau and several Montreal IASWG members was attended by over 100 Montreal group workers; a Montreal Chapter should be officially starting soon!
All the best,
This is our first Group News of the 2014 year, and it is an opportunity for all of us to share our exciting plans for keeping IASWG healthy and thriving in 2014. Most important: make your plans to attend our Calgary Symposium (it is going to be a great event!), and be sure to renew your 2014 membership! Communication with you will continue during 2014 through our various forms of IASWG contact: website, email, e-blast, phone, mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Group News. The recent IASWG Board meeting was engaging and productive. We had full representation from our many chapters and committees, and the result was an active and productive meeting. The Committee Chairs/Co-chairs have already begun working with their Committee members on various activities for the 2014 year. In addition, the Chapter folks have announced upcoming chapter events or are planning them actively. A number of important priorities/goals for 2014 have emerged across all chapters and committees:
IASWG Chapters: Each of our chapters had a representative at the Board meeting: South Africa, Germany, North Carolina, Northeast Ohio, European, Southern California, Central Florida, Toronto, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Florida, Long Island, Illinois, NYC, and Pennsylvania. Everyone was impressed with the reports by the Chapter Representatives on Saturday morning detailing each of their chapter's accomplishments. Many of us are aware of the laudable efforts of the chapters during the past year. Many chapter members created/held a lot of successful events to support their region's educators and practitioners. The work of our chapters is vital to the success and growth of IASWG, and it was great to have every chapter represented at the Board meeting. Visit our website and you will see some evidence of the good work being done by chapter members.
Calgary Symposium Planning: The IASWG Symposium Committee and the Calgary Planning Committee folks are working very hard right now on the planning activities for the Calgary Symposium. The entire event is going to be an exciting and memorable experience for everyone attending. The Calgary Planning Committee gave us an informative presentation in NYC about their progress. Our website is providing exciting content to entice presenters and attendees. It is going to be a lovely symposium; members should submit (and encourage others to submit) proposals for presentations, as well as make plans (and encourage others to make plans) to attend in June.
Membership Renewal: The Membership Committee folks already have organized two e-blasts to garner 2014 membership renewals. In upcoming months they will also coordinate mailings. Members have been joining or renewing as "2014 IASWG members" for months now. The Membership Committee worked hard in the past year to maintain our healthy membership numbers, and they will be challenging all of us to work with them in 2014 to grow the membership base.
Public relations and Marketing: The Marketing Committee met for many hours at the IASWG Board meeting to brainstorm about existing and new ways to promote IASWG. Their continued work to maintain our presence at conferences throughout the world, and their increased attention to marketing us internationally by using the internet and social media, are vitally important to our success as an organization.
Chapter Growth and Support: The Chapter Development Committee held a meeting on Saturday afternoon attended by many Board members, and many chapter representatives participated in discussing salient chapter issues. We are adding chapters each year, and our existing chapters are working hard to provide activities and events for their region's IASWG members.
Board Elections: The Nominations and Elections Committee members shared some new plans with the Board related to IASWG Board recruitment. They plan to begin their work soon. Look for information from them in the upcoming month.
Commission and Practice Committees: These two Committees joined each other for 4 hours on Saturday afternoon at the NYC Board weekend to strategize about the many areas of IASWG work and accomplishments that they oversee. The Commission has been very active with promoting and advancing social group work education issues, and will continue to maintain this impressive focus in 2014. The Practice Committee is prioritizing a review of the IASWG Standards during the 2014 year.
Group Work Projects: The SPARC Committee continues to develop into a major source of support and innovation for IASWG members. At the Board meeting in NYC the SPARC Committee members reported very positive news about the projects IASWG has chosen to support or endorse through SPARC funds.
Global Development: Leadership and goals are beginning to emerge for the International Issues Sub-Committee. In recent months, the Sub-Committee has been forming, and the members soon will be formulating goals to explore.
IASWG Economic Development: A 2013 Treasurer Report in this issue of the Group News nicely illustrates we are financially healthy heading into the 2014 year. However, Board members interested in the work of the Economic Development Sub-Committee met in NYC for a productive hour to establish initial economic development ideas for IASWG to explore and pursue in 2014. It is vital that we maintain a focus in this area during 2014.
Katy Papell Memorial: There was a wonderful turnout for the Katy Papell Memorial at Adelphi University in December. The event was very nicely arranged, and the sharing of memories and impressions of Katy's life by many of her family members and friends/colleagues was thoughtful and inspiring. Throughout her life Katy remained a tireless advocate for many causes, including the mission of group work and IASWG. The example of her life of advocacy motivates all of us.
I hope the recent holiday season was a happy one for each of you. As we head into the 2014 year, all of us will be working hard to further the mission of group work through our IASWG activity and advocacy.
All the best,
Greetings! I continue to enjoy working alongside the dynamic group of IASWG members who on a daily basis address our IASWG mission to promote excellence in group work practice, education, research, publication, and field instruction in the global community. In addition, I continue to enjoy being a part of the continuous communication and interaction among all IASWG members as we dedicate our time to various IASWG efforts within our chapters, committees, and lives as group workers.
The 2013 Boston Symposium Planning Committee has prepared a very creative and exciting symposium for us to attend in Boston. I hope many of you are planning to be there. In addition, the IASWG Social Work Camp will be held this summer, and already many IASWG members (students and the rest of us) are making plans to attend this lovely event.
Our hardworking Board members (and Committee members) have been actively and productively engaged in identifying and addressing the salient issues of our organization; all Board members will be meeting in three weeks at the Boston Symposium to strategize and plan for the future. In late May all of our 2013 members will vote by electronic ballot to elect three new members to the IASWG Board. Check your email during the end of May for voting information. We are nearing our 2013 membership number goals as a result of our 2013 e-blasting, mailing, and other outreach efforts. The efforts of our Membership Committee (along with the efforts of our new Recruitment and Retention Committee to recruit/retain new members) are succeeding.
Everyone is enjoying the new look of our IASWG website (www.iaswg.org). We continue to call upon members to submit site content (committee news/reports, member news, chapter updates, and information on IASWG events/projects) to our website administrator, Emily Wilk, and our Website Committee members. We want to keep the site updated and active each week. We will continue to add content and features in the coming months to make the site worthwhile for anyone interested in our IASWG activities or resources. Be sure to utilize the site, and use the online membership renewal feature to renew your IASWG membership for 2013 if you have not already renewed.
Some of our IASWG members in the northeast region of the U.S. are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, and our IASWG members in Boston are only now beginning to return to normal routines after the sad events in their beautiful city last month. These events have been difficult for many, and we must continue to express our support for their recovery.
Recently all the leaders of the various IASWG Chapters joined with one another by phone conference to share ideas. It was a wonderful experience, and produced stronger connections among the leaders as well as some productive ideas for their chapters to consider. Many of our IASWG chapters have been holding meetings and events to keep their members engaged on the regional level. I attended a wonderful weekend event in Germany filled with scholarly presentations and social activities hosted by the German Chapter. While in Germany I also visited with the members of the new Western Europe Chapter, and I was pleased to see their progress as a forming IASWG Chapter. Our new chapter in North Carolina continues to move forward with their emerging goals, and our longstanding chapter in Long Island held a very successful event recently with many of their chapter members (others of us joined them) participating in a wonderful session facilitated by Andy Malekoff. The IASWG Southern California Chapter has been expanding participation in their chapter, and new chapter leaders are employing innovative strategies like creating a chapter newsletter. We should all appreciate that our IASWG chapter leaders and members are planning events and activities to keep the mission of IASWG alive in their local areas.
We are a strong organization right now, and I am very optimistic we can continue to ensure that group work practice, education, research, publication, and field instruction survive and thrive in upcoming years. IASWG continues to successfully support and foster group work internationally. As always, thank you to all of you, our active IASWG members throughout the world, for furthering the IASWG mission to support and strengthen the cause of social group work. I will continue to communicate with all of you, and I look forward to celebrating group work with many of you very soon at our 2013 IASWG Symposium in Boston.
All the best,
IASWG is in very good shape organizationally and financially, and we continue to celebrate our many exciting changes of the past year: new name, new mailing address, new logo, and new website. Recent exciting news includes the welcoming of our newest chapter in North Carolina and an invitation from our German Chapter members to all IASWG members to join them as they celebrate in March their many years as a thriving chapter of IASWG. In addition, everyone in the IASWG organization is anticipating our 35th Annual Symposium, to be held in Boston in June. The Boston Symposium Planning Committee is busy planning what is expected to be a successful and stimulating experience for all of us, and they are hoping many of us will be submitting proposals to present and/or making plans to attend.
A salute to Charles Garvin: Charles was honored at the recent 2012 U.S. Council on Social Work Education conference in Washington, D.C. He was given the award for Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work. Over one thousand people were in the auditorium to witness the presentation of the award to Charles, and to hear him speak briefly about his life and career, including his ongoing commitment to group work research, education, and practice.
The northeast region of the U.S. is still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Sandy, and many of our IASWG colleagues are still experiencing recovery struggles. We have made a relief donation on behalf of IASWG, and you are encouraged to go to our IASWG website for information on providing an individual relief donation.
Our new IASWG website (www.iaswg.org) has replaced our old site, and we have had very positive feedback about it so far. We will continue to add content and features in the coming months to make the site worthwhile for anyone interested in our IASWG activities or resources. Be sure to utilize the site; use the online membership feature to renew your IASWG membership for 2013 if you have not already renewed.
Our hardworking Board committees have been actively and productively engaged in identifying and addressing the salient issues of our organization; all Board members will be meeting next June in Boston to strategize and plan for the future. In addition to Board activity, our IASWG chapters have been holding meetings and events to keep their members engaged on the regional level. If you have time to devote to the work of IASWG, you could serve in several ways: submit your name as a candidate in our upcoming IASWG election for one of three available at-large Board member positions; volunteer to serve on a Board committee; or participate in a regional chapter activity or project.
As always, thank you to all of you, our active IASWG members throughout the world, for furthering the IASWG mission to support and strengthen the cause of social group work. I will continue to communicate with all of you in upcoming months, and I look forward to celebrating group work with many of you very soon at our 2013 IASWG Symposium in Boston.
All the best,
Having been elected in June for a three-year term as President of our recently renamed International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG), I look forward to serving and am pleased to work with the dynamic group of individuals who, on a daily basis, address our mission to promote excellence in group work practice, education, research, publication, and field instruction in the global community. Each of us has a strong commitment to group work in the international community, and I look forward to working on behalf of each of you. It would be wonderful if our numbers grow across the world in the coming years, especially among students and new practitioners. I hope we can all maintain communication and interaction as we dedicate our time to our chapters, committees, and lives as group workers.
In the past months IASWG committees have been productive. The Executive Committee has met regularly through telephone conference and email, overseeing many details vital to IASWG's life and strategizing to improve and enhance our work. Our Board is meeting in November in New York City and promises to be very productive as our many committees discuss the issues and motions brought forth this year.
The IASWG Symposium and Long Island Planning Committees delivered a great symposium, and the 2013 planning group has shared lots of ideas with what sounds like a very creative and exciting symposium in the works! Thanks to the Commission, Practice, and Marketing Committees, IASWG is enjoying a large global presence through appearances at conferences around the world, increased presentations and publications, and the development of media materials. For example, our booth at the IFSW/IASSW/ICSW World Conference in Sweden was a big success; a good number of group work proposals were accepted for the Annual Program Meeting of CSWE (US) this November (including a special Partnership Presentation); and new promotional videos were previewed at our June board meeting. The Membership Committee reports that we are nearing our 2012 membership goal: all their e-blasting, mailing, and other outreach are bringing results; and efforts to recruit/retain student members are showing promise. The Chapter Development Committee is assisting with growth by creating new chapters (a big welcome to our new North Carolina Chapter). We should all appreciate that our chapter leaders constantly plan events and activities that keep our mission alive.
Our new website has been under review by many of us. We are excited about our new look and will soon move to a launch! Once we do that we will call for lots of more site content so that we can keep our website actively updated.
We are a strong organization today, with stable membership and significant financial stability. In the coming years I am very optimistic we can ensure that group work practice, education, research, publication, and field instruction survive and thrive and through our new website, dedicated members, and current stability as an organization, that we continue to successfully support and foster group work internationally.
Having been elected recently to serve as IASWG President, I appreciate the opportunity to serve. In my past years of service to IASWG I have witnessed the effective work of many committed and talented individuals as they successfully furthered our mission of promoting excellence in group work practice, education, field instruction, research and publication. The IASWG focus must continue to be ensuring group work survives and thrives in the global community. It would be wonderful if the number of IASWG members across the world grows in the coming years, especially among group work students and new practitioners. I hope all of us who are IASWG members can maintain continuous communication and interaction as we dedicate our time to various IASWG efforts within our chapters, committees, and lives as group workers. In my term as President, it will be a pleasure to work alongside the creative and dynamic group of current Board members in my new role. I know each IASWG member has a strong commitment to group work in the international community, and I look forward to the opportunity to work on behalf of each of you.
EXTENDED Submission Deadline: February 15, 2017. Submit your Symposium Presentation Proposal now! Click here to learn more.
Call for Papers: Groupwork in Practice - The new Groupwork in Practice section of Groupwork will provide an opportunity to publish papers that are more descriptive of groupwork in practice, learn more here.
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, "Stories of change in a Québec group for men who have perpetrated violence against a partner," by current IASWG members.