Ontario Groupwork Chapter (OGC), Canada 

The Ontario Groupwork Chapter continues to provide opportunities for groupworkers to come together for mutual learning and sharing.

Established in 1982, the Ontario Group Work Chapter is one of the first chapters in the association and the first non-US chapter. Formerly known as the Toronto Region Groupworkers’ Network (TRGN), in 2020, the chapter expanded to include the entire province of Ontario. We had already been branching out to include members from outside of the Toronto area, but with everything going virtual, it's becoming even more important to open up to all of Ontario. 

The chapter hosts exciting workshops and programs where local and international colleagues share ideas, resources, and innovative practice approaches to working with groups. We encourage participation in the annual IASWG International Symposium and are available to assist first-time presenters with how to submit abstracts and prepare articles for publication. 

To become involved, please contact the OGC Chapter Co-Chairs:

Upcoming Events

Practice Skills for Facilitating Social Work Groups Online: An Interactive Workshop and Discussion of Learnings from an Online AFFIRM Group

The Ontario Groupwork Chapter (OGC) of IASWG and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) invite you to join us for this online interactive workshop. AFFIRM is an 8-session evidence-based affirmative CBT group for LGBTQ2S+ adolescents and adults developed, implemented and evaluated by Dr. Shelley Craig, PhD, Principal Investigator (PI).  

  • Date: Friday, November 27th, 2020 from 10:00am - 12:00pm EST 
  • Presenters: Rachael Pascoe, MSW RSW and Gio Iacono, PhD MSW RSW  
  • Registration information: Please note that there is no cost for the workshop, however, registration is required 

In March 2020, the AFFIRM team responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving the current groups online within a week of in-person session closures. Online AFFIRM groups have continued since this time, with positive preliminary research results collected from participants. This workshop will discuss the risks and benefits of offering online groups, online group norms, facilitating process and content online, preliminary research findings from online groups, as well as a case study and composite of an online group. There will be time for participants and presenters to discuss issues and questions you may have about moving your group practice online.  

REGISTER HERE: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1125&EID=28843