Recent News & Past Announcements

SPARC Information and review is available in English, French, German, and Spanish. The deadline for the next review cycle is October 31, 2019. 

Call for Papers (Special Issue: The Creative Practitioner) The Social Work with Groups Journal is inviting articles about the use of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy. Manuscripts should have been received by the Guest Editor by December 15, 2019.

NY Long Island & NY Red Apple Chapter Event, co-sponsored with Adelphi University (November 11) - Using Objects to Tell Stories of Groupwork facilitated by Mark Doel

CSWE APM Attendees - View the Group Work Track & Consider volunteering at the IASWG Booth

South Africa Chapter Event (17 October) - Establishing Rapport in Groups Using Arts & Crafts

Central Florida Chapter Event (October 28) - The Use of the Labyrinth in Mutual Aid Groups

Minnesota Chapter (November 8) - Somatic Therapies for the Clinician: A Bottom-Up Approach for Exploring and Expressing Your Authentic Self in Clinical Work

TRGN Chapter Event (November 15, 2019) - When It Gets Real: Navigating Challenging Moments in Group Work

Passing of Sonia Abels (October 2019) - IASWG mourns the passing of Sonia Abels. Sonia was a social worker who had a long association with IASWG. She joined the organization from its inception and made many presentations at symposia. She wrote several social work books, notably “Balanced Soul: 52 Holistic Practices For Personal Evolution”; “Ethics in Social Work Practice: Narratives for Professional Helping”; “Spirituality in Social Work Practice: Narratives for Professional Helping” and “Understanding Narrative Therapy: A Guidebook For The Social Worker”, which she co-wrote with her husband Paul Abels. Sonia was married to Paul for many years, who was a past president of IASWG and a Professor of Social Work at University of California , Long Beach. Sonia is survived by Paul, three children and six grandchildren. Funeral notice

Passing of Maeda Galinsky (September 2019) - It is with heavy hearts that IASWG shares the news of the passing of Maeda Galinsky, a long-time board member of IASWG, and its North Carolina Chapter, an accomplished group work academic, author and researcher, and mentor and friend of countless group work academics and practitioners. Maeda was honoured at the IASWG Symposium held on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in June, 2015, just one day after the celebration of her retirement from the UNC School of Social Work, as Keenan Distinguished Professor Emerita. Maeda worked closely with Jan Schopler and Charles Garvin, among other group work colleagues.  Maeda was also the proud mother of three children and devoted spouse to her late beloved David. Maeda’s support, boundless energy, sharp wit will be greatly missed. The group work community has lost a shining star. View a tribute written by her social work colleagues at University of North Carolina School of Social Work.

Southern California Chapter - Establishing a Group Work Coffee Chat pilot program

Seeking Participants in SPARC Study: Reconceptualizing the Role of Diversity in Group Development

PRACTICE TIP! Tips for Facilitating For Empowerment in Groupwork Practice

We congratulate the chapter of IASWG based in Germany on the celebration of its 25th Anniversary.  The anniversary was celebrated in Herzogenrath, on March 15-17, with 100 attendees who participated in workshops and celebratory events. We all send our best wishes to our colleagues in Germany who continue to offer excellent training and support to group workers!
New Book! Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity - Inspired by a dialogue on diversity initiated by the IASWG Board of Directors, Andrew Malekoff, IASWG Board member and revered editor of Social Work with Groups, recently published a book entitled Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity. (It is also published as a special 40th anniversary issue of Social Work with Groups.). The book includes many entries addressing diversity written by IASWG social group work practitioners, students, and academics. In her recent review of the book, Shantih Clemans, well-respected academic and longtime IASWG member, included these remarks: "With its accessible style, Group Work Stories Celebrating Diversity, also published as a special 40th anniversary issue of Social Work with Groups, is a thoughtful, instructional volume that may spark necessary conversations among teachers and group workers to the beauty and struggles of diversity, in all meanings of the word....As a whole, the 31 essays illuminate powerful, timely, relevant, and often nuanced diversity themes, for example, empathy, self-awareness, and self-understanding, questioning prior assumptions about the world, belonging, connection, and an ongoing search for meaning. As a teacher, I recognized in particular the essays that emphasized critical thinking around diversity, specifically the power and challenges of learning about diversity, as a teacher, student, group leader, or group member...One of the outstanding aspects of this book is the international perspective, which is likely rooted in part to the broad membership of the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG) and among readers of Social Work with Groups. This emerged as a striking departure from the black/white dichotomy of U.S. conversations about diversity and reminded me of the importance of taking a broad and expansive view of diversity in our consideration of human lives and experiences." Read the full review here.

Le dossier du travail social de groupe, dans le cadre du projet en partenariat avec l'OTSTCFQ est maintenant disponible en ligne! Allez y jeter un oeil pour voir tout le travail que le comité du Chapitre francophone y a fait pour mettre en valeur l'intervention de groupe en travail social.

The International Association for Social Work with Groups is pleased to announce the creation of the Martin Birnbaum Special Projects Fund. The Martin Birnbaum Special Projects Fund will be used to provide funding support for IASWG chapters seeking to produce a special project, as well as for any IASWG event such as an IASWG Group Work Camp being held globally. The Martin Birnbaum Special Projects Fund was created with the generous support of Martin Birnbaum, Professor Emeritus of Social Work and Group Studies at Yeshiva University, and lifetime member of the IASWG Board of Directors. 

NEW TIP! Le groupe d’une seule rencontre en travail social de groupe

Special Interest Groups held in July at the SWSD2018 Conference, in Dublin, Ireland - Groupwork in Social Work Education, Practice and Research: Being and Joining Together

Thank you for wonderful 2018 symposium in South Africa!

Join us in Lithuania for the Group Work Camp (October 12 – 14th, 2018).

Update on the 2018 Board of Directors Election

NYC Red Apple Chapter Event - November 16th

NC Chapter Fall Conference - December 2nd

TRGN Chapter Event - December 7th 

Groupwork: Édition spéciale en français - Appel à contribution: Les articles devront être soumis pour le 30 mars 2018

Practicing Group Work Strategies: Aligning our Group Work with the IASWG Standards for Social Work Practice with Groups

Call for Papers: Groupwork invites you to submit papers that critically address the use of groupwork in all aspects of working with people who have experirenced political oppression. To learn more Groupwork with people who have experienced political oppression, learn more here. Deadline January 1, 2018.

​NEW! Practicing Group Work Strategies: Aligning our Group Work with the IASWG Standards for Social Work Practice with Groups

Camp d'expérimentation du TSG 1 du 7 au 9 juillet 2017: Plein de belles photos du site, des gens et des activités du camp 

Thank you for a memorable 2017 IASWG Symposium. Presenters from the 2016 & 2017 symposia, please consider submitting a paper for proceedings

Tennessee Chapter will present "Multicultural Social Group Work Ethics in Social Work Practice" for a Social Workers Conference at a nearby hospital on October 6, 2017. 

JULY 2017

JUNE 2017

  • Annual International Symposium - Thank you for a memorable 2017 IASWG Symposium. Presenters from the 2016 & 2017 symposia, please consider submitting a paper for proceedings.

APRIL 2017

Dr. Olga Molina, LCSW, IASWG Board Member, Associate Professor at University of Central Florida, School of Social Work

Group work with Pulse survivors inspires UCF professor’s new research in NSM TODAY | After assisting Pulse survivors in a Spanish-mutual aid group, a UCF Social Work professor is now conducting a qualitative study on the factors that influenced the Orlando community’s resiliency following the Pulse nightclub shooting. Associate Professor Olga Molina, along with UCF School of Social Work Director Bonnie Yegidis, will be interviewing social service providers to obtain their perspective on the community’s response to the shooting. In July, Molina and Yegidis will be presenting their findings in Zagreb, Croatia. Molina, who is of Cuban heritage, said she felt directly impacted by the shooting, as most of the survivors and the victims were Latino. “It hit my community,” said Molina. “It also hit the LGBT community, which is a very vulnerable community within the Latino community, and so, I felt that I needed to get involved in helping in whatever way I can.” To read more, click here.