Founded in 1979, the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) 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.

Local chapter events and annual symposia are characterized by warmth and inclusion. Opportunities exist for members to network, collaborate, and share their interests and expertise. This informal network of collaboration is an invaluable resource to the group work community.


IASWG key achievements have included:

  • The development of Standards for Social Work Practice with Groups
  • The Social Work with Groups Newsletter
  • The annual publication of selected symposium proceedings

IASWG activities have included:

  • Annual symposia
  • Local conferences and workshops
  • Publications
  • Collaborative efforts with key social work associations and institutions

IASWG commissioned projects have included:

  • Strengthening Group Work Education Publication Series, in collaboration with the CSWE, and the Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups
  • Ongoing efforts to foster excellence in group work education are continuously made through our Commission on Group Work in Social Work Education