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Save the Date: 2020 Symposium in New York City: June 17th - June 20th, 2020.

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It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 41st Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups. It is always a true joy to gather with old colleagues and to meet new friends under the banner of something we all cherish – group work! It is enriching to hear from one another formally and informally about the work we are all doing to advance social group work and help build a better world for all.

This year we have chosen the theme: "Group Work in Communities: Breaking Down Barriers, Building Global Connections". With the challenges that surround us globally, there is no better time than now to emphasize the power of group work. We hope that you will be as inspired as we are by the many presentations, institutes, and invitational sessions this symposium brings to you. We are thrilled to have presenters from around the globe share their wisdom on group work skills, group work with specific populations, research, and more. The symposium participants also come from varying countries further enhancing enriching encounters.

We are excited to host you in the heart of New York City, in historic Washington Square. We want to express our great appreciation to Dean Neil Guterman and the faculty and staff at New York University (NYU) Silver School of Social Work (SSSW) for welcoming us again this year to NYU. Sincere gratitude to Diane Mirabito, SSSW Clinical Professor and Chair, Practice Curriculum Area for serving on the Symposium Planning Committee. Special thanks to Ben Sher and Jenna Adolph of the SSSW Office of Global and Lifelong Learning for their assistance with our event. Additional thanks to Kathryn Leslie of the Residential Life & Housing Services, and to the Kimmel Center team for their help with coordinating room reservations and catering.

We hope you will enjoy the symposium, and that it will provide many opportunities to connect with a wide range of group work practitioners. And that together, we can all reflect on how we can help break down barriers and build global connections.        

John Genke, Jahmani Hylton, Alexis Howard, Diane Mirabito, Sari Skolnik            
2019 IASWG NYC Symposium Planning Committee

Dana Grossman Leeman and Christine Wilkins, Symposium Committee Co-Chairs


View the symposium printed program with session descriptions.


Event Program

 Wednesday, June 5th:

  • 9:00 am - 7:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm: Institute - Field Instruction: Challenges in Student Supervision 
  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm: Institute - More than Ice Breakers: How to Use Activity in Group Work to Enhance Mutual Aid  
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Institute - Building Mutual Aid in Groups with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations
  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm: IASWG Board Meeting
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Opening Reception, Poster Session I, & Sumner Gill Memorial Plenary with cash bar and hors d’oeuvres

Thursday, June 6th:

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Session 1 Educational Presentations
  • 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Session 2 Educational Presentations
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Session 3 Educational Presentations
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Lunch, Poster Session II, & Beulah G. Rothman Memorial Plenary
  • 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Session 4 Educational Presentations
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Session 5 Educational Presentations 
  • 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Membership Meeting

Friday, June 7th:

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Session 6 Educational Presentations
  • 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Session 7 Educational Presentations
  • 11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Session 8 Educational Presentations
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch on your own  
  • 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Invitational Sessions (3)  
  • 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Poster Session III & Coffee Break 
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Session 9 Educational Presentations
  • 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm: Session 10 Educational Presentations
  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Gala Reception (Joan K. Parry Memorial Plenary, Dinner, D.J. and Dancing)

Saturday, June 8th:

  • 9:00 am - 11:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Session 11 Educational Presentations
  • 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Invitationals (3)
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Session 12 Educational Presentations
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Closing Ceremony

Symposium Location

New York University
Kimmel Center for University Life & Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life
60 Washington Square South
New York, NY, 10014

Continuing Education Contact Hours

Please review the requirements for continuing education in your local area. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

NYSED and ACE approved for 21 CE Contact Hours - Continuing Education Contact Hours will be provided by NYU Silver School of Social Work. Social Workers participating in this course are eligible to receive up to 21 continuing education contact hours based on the number of sessions attended and documented during the symposium (with 10 educational sessions, 3 plenaries, 2 invitational sessions, and 3 institute offerings).

For social workers in New York and New Jersey, only specific sessions are eligible for Continuing Education Contact Hours. Sessions that are eligible for Continuing Education Contact Hours in New York and New Jersey are noted on the attached handout.

2019 Symposium Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Cancellations must be requested in writing to the Symposium Organizer, Emily Santonocito, by email: [email protected], prior to the below deadlines. 

  • Symposium Registration: A full refund of symposium registration costs will be provided up until 31 May 2019. After 31 May 2019, no refunds will be provided. 
  • NYU Housing Reservations: A full refund of NYU Housing reservation costs will be provided up until 15 April  2019. After 15 April 2019, no refunds are able to be provided.