Welcome to IASWG

The International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG), 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. IASWG is a global organization, and we are pleased to invite you to view our IASWG Standards of Group Work Practice in several languages: FrenchSpanish and English.



The climate is changing. In many parts of the world, respect for people who are different from ourselves has diminished and communities feel fractured. Dialogue is too often replaced by bombings and vitriol; hate-filled populism blasts reasoned, respectful understanding. It is not difficult to see why many people feel alienated; they themselves are disrespected and disempowered by increasing inequality, job insecurity and a sense that the important decisions are no longer within their influence.

We need to find ways to become inclusive, to celebrate our differences and to generate a powerful sense of togetherness. There has never been a more urgent time to bring communities together towards a mutual understanding and a respect, not just for humanity, but for the planet as a whole. Social groupwork can create security where there is uncertainty, a feeling of belonging where there is alienation, and a vehicle for positive communal action where there is a sense of helplessness. It has been used to unite and give voice to people in the aftermath of conditions that seemed beyond repair. Through social groupwork, nations, communities and individuals can repair.

This is the hopeful message that IASWG and its members offer to the world. IASWG stands against oppression and disenfranchisement. As social groupworkers, we stand for and advocate for creating spaces for respectful dialogue to expand our worldviews and perspectives in community with each other. 

Contact us. Let us know how you are using group work to repair the world. Ask us how we can help you in this process. It’s time for group work.



Meet Our New IASWG President, Barbara Muskat


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.

Organizational Members receive the many benefits, including acknowledgement in our annual Symposium Program and discounts on Symposium Program ads.


S​ave the Date:

June 5th to 8th, 2019
New York, New York, US

Join us back in New York City for the 2019 IASWG NYC International Symposium at New York University. Co-sponsored by the New York University Silver School of Social Work, the 2019 IASWG NYC Symposium will be held on the bustling campus of New York University (NYU) in the heart of New York City. 

Call for Proposals will be available in early January 2019.