Join us for the 2023 Virtual Symposium (June 8 - 10th, 2023)

Transformative Group Work: Honoring Local Practices and Building International Connections

We believe social group work has the power to transform on so many levels. We seek to highlight purposeful activities, best practices, case studies, and research that speaks to intentional ways to positively impact individuals, local communities, or our global network through group work. Through the sharing of all voices and learning from each other, both within our local networks and around the world, we find ways to become inclusive, to celebrate our differences and to generate a powerful sense of togetherness.

The IASWG believes in social group work's practical and powerful ways to bring people together – in small or large groups – to make a difference for individuals, local communities, and across the world. Join us virtually from June 8 - 10, 2023 to share your knowledge, innovations, research and experiences, and to feel our sense of local connection and global togetherness.


Program Schedule 

Sessions will take place in Eastern Daylight Time (ET). For a time zone converter, please visit Specific session times and offering descriptions will be available in the upcoming months.

  • Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - Pre-Symposium Institutes
  • Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - Pre-Symposium Institutes
  • Thursday, June 8, 2023 - Symposium Day 1
  • Friday, June 9, 2023 - Symposium Day 2
  • Saturday, June 10, 2023 - Symposium Day 3

Call for 2023 Presentation Proposals - Submission Portal is Now Open!

The International Association for Social Work with Groups invites group work students, practitioners, researchers, faculty, administrators, community workers and activists, and group organizers from various professional disciplines, to submit presentation proposals. Proposals are welcomed in all areas of group work, especially related to group work practice with populations in a variety of settings, multicultural practice, group work in developing countries or underserved communities, community development, activist group work practice, group work research and training.

Proposals may be submitted in English, French, German, Lithuanian, or Spanish, and sessions at the Symposium may be conducted in these languages as well.
  • Education sessions are 30 or 60 minute interactive Zoom synchronous sessions, comprised of didactic learning, panel or interactive discussion, or skill building with an experiential component. The purpose of these educational discovery sessions is to give attendees exposure to a presenter's work and/or research.
  • Posters are visual representations of research, practice, or training initiatives, and are presented live during the Symposium as well as on display in our Poster Gallery.

Important Dates:

IASWG Symposium Rates

Registration rates include access to live presentations and recordings from Thursday, June 8th through Saturday, June 10th, 2023. There is an additional fee to attend Pre-Symposium Institutes held on Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 7th.

2023 Full Symposium Rates Zone 5 Zone 4 Zone 3 Zone 2 Zone 1
Professional IASWG Member $150 $143 $75 $30 $15
Retired IASWG Member $100 $95 $50 $20 $10
Unemployed IASWG Member $40 $38 $20 $8 $3
Student IASWG Member $40 $38 $20 $8 $3
Non-Member $325 $310 $160 $65 $25


2023 One Day Rates Zone 5 Zone 4 Zone 3 Zone 2 Zone 1
Professional IASWG Member $100 $95 $50 $20 $7
Retired IASWG Member $75 $70 $37 $15 $5
Unemployed IASWG Member $25 $24 $13 $5 $2
Student IASWG Member $25 $24 $13 $5 $2
Non-Member $175 $160 $85 $35 $12


Registration Rates by Zone - The International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) stands for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. Our symposium participation is truly international with presenters and attendees from all around the world. We make efforts to be inclusive through a diversified membership and symposium registration fee structures that reflects the financial realities in the world. For that reason, a model was developed, using the classification system based on the world bank data and EU classifications, according to the 2020 Gross Domestic Product (GDP, US$ in Trillions) per capita and divided into five zones.



Student Volunteers

Student volunteers are the heart, hands, and soul of the IASWG symposium. IASWG will select around 30 student volunteers to perform tasks related to session oversight, zoom tech support, and translation services. In exchange for your time and effort, volunteer's symposium registration fee will be waived.

In order to be considered for a volunteer assignment, applicants MUST:

  • Be enrolled in a Community Services, BSW or MSW program or be a Community Services, BSW or MSW recent grad who graduated in either December 2022 or May 2023
  • Be a current IASWG student member (can join once your volunteer status as been confirmed)
  • Be willing to be an active and engaged volunteer for at least 2 half-day volunteer shifts
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session before the symposium

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basisVolunteer selection will be confirmed by email no later than February 28, 2023. Positions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Selection: Please note, you must be a member of IASWG to be able to serve as a volunteer for the symposium. Once you are notified about your volunteer application status, we request that you join as a student member and register for the symposium as a volunteer before May 1st, 2023. 

If you have any questions, please contact Emily, the Volunteer Coordinator, via email at [email protected], who is the primary point of contact before and during the symposium.