Group Work Camp — Illinois Cancelled

Given the current crisis situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, the Group Work Camp coordinators and planners have had to make the sad but prudent and necessary decision to cancel this year’s Group Work Camp, which was scheduled to be held at LaSalle Manor in Plano Illinois from July 30-August 2. LaSalle Manor itself is currently shut down due to the virus, and because it is not clear at this time how long the current situation will continue, there is no way for staff or attendees to do the kind of planning and preparation necessary to make camp happen, even if by some miracle things took a sudden change for the better. Our concern is with protecting the health and safety of everyone involved — staff and campers alike. It is our firm intention to reschedule Group Work Camp next summer by which time hopefully this current health crisis will be resolved. We hope those of you who were contemplating attending are taking good care of yourselves and your loved ones during this crucial time and encourage you to consider attending the virtual symposium that IASWG will be holding at the end of June. 

Ann Bergart, Founder
John Genke and John Lukach, Camp Coordinators


About Group Work Camp - Illinois

Group Work Camp is an initiative of the International Association for Social Work with Groups. This unique event offers an opportunity for professionals, educators, and students to engage in experiential group work training–while at the same time “getting away from it all” in an informal and relaxed lakefront setting. Facilitated by a skilled team of practitioners and educators, a wide array of training, workshops, and activities are available for both beginning and experienced group workers. 

Camp offers an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the group work method in an immersive, intergenerational learning community. You will discover the magic of mutual aid — and maybe your own unique power — by helping each other build knowledge and skill through engaging activities and workshops, reflection, and being together. It’s time for group work. We hope you will join us!

July 30 - August 2, 2020 at La Salle Manor, Plano, Illinois

For 2020, Group Work Camp is moving to a new location in Plano, Illinois at La Salle Manor. Learn more about camp lodging information or view the promotional flyerThe camp schedule is currently under development and will be available soon. Continuing education credits will be available. Check with your state for licensing requirements.

Registration Information

Registration is all-inclusive and provides lodging for the weekend and all meals. Rates are as follows:

  • Students/Retired Professionals - $325 (A limited number of scholarships are available for students and unemployed professionals. See below.)
  • Practicing Professionals/Academics - $380
Please note: you MUST have an active membership with IASWG to attend Group Work Camp. 

Venue & Lodging 

La Salle Manor (12480 Galena Road, Plano, IL 60545) is a picturesque log cabin set among 47 acres of beautiful woodland. Maybe you will roam through the prairie, explore the forest, cozy up to a campfire next to Lake Phillip, or meander along Big Rock Creek. You might even decide to take a dip in the in-ground heated pool. For the playful ones, you have access to a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, basketball court, softball field, horseshoe pits, football field, and canoes for use on the lake. You will spend three nights in dormitory style housing. Delicious farm-to-table food will be provided during your stay. 

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The dormitory includes 51 private rooms and one room with 3 sets of bunk beds (view floor plan). Showers and toilet facilities are communal on two floors. Guests are provided with a linen packet, which includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, pillowcase, towel, pillow, and thin fleece blanket. Participants should bring any toiletries or extra blankets they require. Rooms are furnished with an extra-long twin bed and mattress, desk, desk chair, and dresser for each guest.

Donation & Scholarship Information

Those of us who love group work know how powerful it can be at effecting transformative change, especially in the increasingly adversarial climate of today's world. We also know that the theory and skills of group work practice have been undervalued and indeed more and more neglected in social work curricula throughout the country, even as workers are being asked to work with more and more groups. The mission of IASWG is to spread the word about group work and keep the flame alive so that more people are given the resources to help themselves and each other through difficulties of all kinds whether they be personal, social, political or some combination; i.e., to have richer, fuller, more satisfying lives. IASWG's Group Work Camp has become an invaluable introduction to this method for so many new workers who have had little or no exposure to the treasures that lie within it. You are welcome to donate online or by mail

Donating to the Scholarship Fund: Your support ensures that IASWG can continue to mentor the next generation of group workers. You can sponsor one or more students as an individual, or we can combine your donation with others to form a small group that will sponsor a student collectively. The pool of scholarship applicants is large and the number of scholarships will be limited. Applicants will be notified by June 1 so they can make arrangements for travel. For this reason the deadline for donation is June 1. Your donation is tax-deductible, and a receipt will be provided promptly.

Applying for a Scholarship: We are pleased to offer a limited number scholarships to students and unemployed professionals. Scholarships will cover lodging, food, and registration for Camp. To learn more and apply for a scholarship, please complete this Application GoogleForm