SPARC Program

Information and review is available in English, French, German, and Spanish.

The deadline for the next review cycle is now October 31, 2019. 

SPARC Program Purpose: To "spark" IASWG members' innovative practice, education, training and research projects through endorsement and small grants to advance the IASWG mission.

This year marks the IASWG SPARC Program’s 7th year of operation.  We are proud of all the IASWG SPARC Projects Endorsed and Funded during our first 7 years of operation, and encourage IASWG Members to submit proposals for the current review cycle ending on October 31, 2019

You must be a current member of IASWG to apply. Potential applicants should review the Application and SPARC Project Agreement.

Since 2013, we have had 10 SPARC Program review cycles, and the IASWG Board has endorsed 30 projects, 18 of them with funding totaling $13,370.00. Our current funding levels range from $250 to $1000 per grant. Thus far, we have SPARC Projects on three continents! Information on our previous awards is available below.

Applications are reviewed twice per year, in advance of the IASWG Board Meetings, generally held in June and November. Awardees will be announced in May and November at the IASWG Board Meeting. The committee members are: Carol Cohen, Zaneta Smith, Maria Gurrola, Helene Oserud, and Brian Kelly. Please contact Carol Cohen ([email protected]) for further information.


El programa de IASWG SPARC

La fecha límite para el próximo ciclo de revisiones es el 31 de octubre de 2019.

El propósito del programa de SPARC: Para “inspirar” a los miembros de IASWG en prácticas innovadoras, educación, formación y proyectos de investigación a través del respaldo y pequeñas becas para extender la misión de IASWG. 

El año 2019 es el séptimo año en el que está funcionando el IASWG SPARC. Estamos orgullosos de todos los proyectos que IASWG SPARC respaldó y financió durante los años que llevamos funcionando. Es por esto por lo que animamos a los miembros de IASWG a enviar propuestas para el ciclo actual de revisiones que termina en 31 de octubre de 2019. Para enviar una propuesta hay que ser miembro actual de IASWG. Los solicitantes potenciales deben revisar la solicitud y el acuerdo del proyecto de SPARC (SPARC Project Agreement).

Desde el año 2013, hemos tenido diez ciclos de revisión del programa SPARC, y la junta de AITSG ha apoyado treinta proyectos, dieciocho de ellos con fondos que han alcanzado 13.370 dólares. Nuestros actuales niveles de fondos varían de entre 250 dólares a 1.000 dólares por beca. Hasta ahora, tenemos proyectos SPARC en tres continentes. La información sobre nuestros premios anteriores está disponible a continuación.

Las aplicaciones se revisan dos veces al año, adelantándolas a las reuniones de la junta de IASWG que normalmente son en junio y en noviembre.
La próxima fecha límite de entrega es el 31 de octubre de 2019. Los proyectos premiados se anunciarán en junio en la reunión del Comité IASWG. Quienes forman parte de este comité son: Carol Cohen, Maria Gurrola, Biran Kelly, Hélène Filion Onserud y Zaneta Smith. Para más información póngase en contacto con Carol Cohen ([email protected]).


 IASWG-SPARC-Programm

Die Frist für den nächsten Überprüfungszyklus endet am 31. Oktober, 2019. SPARC Programm Zweck: Innovative Praxis, Ausbildung, Ausbildungs und Forschungsprojekte anzuschieben/zu initiieren durch Unterstützung und Leistung kleiner Stipendien zur Förderung der IASWG-Mission. 

2019 ist das 7. Geschäftsjahr des IASWG SPARC-Programms. Wir sind stolz auf alle IASWG SPARC-Projekte, die während unserer jahrelangen Tätigkeit genehmigt und finanziert wurden, und ermutigen die IASWG Mitglieder Vorschläge für den aktuellen Überprüfungszyklus einzureichen, der am 31. Oktober 2019 endet. 

Sie müssen ein aktuelles Mitglied der IASWG sein, um sich bewerben zu können. Potenzielle Bewerber sollten die Anwendungs- und SPARC-Projektvereinbarung nachprüfen

Seit 2013 hatten wir 10 Überprüfungszyklen des SPARC-Programms, und der IASWG-Vorstand hat 30 Projekte mit einer „Begutachtung“ unterstützt, von denen 18 insgesamt 13.370,00 USD Unterstützung erhielten. Unser aktuelles Finanzierungsniveau reicht von 250 bis 1000 US-Dollar pro Stipendium. Bisher haben wir SPARC-Projekte in drei Kontinenten! Informationen zu unseren vorherigen Auszeichnungen finden Sie weiter unten. Bewerbungen werden in der Regel zweimal pro Jahr im Vorfeld der IASWG-Vorstandssitzungen überprüft, im Juni und November. 

Der nächste Fristablauf ist der 31. Oktober 2019. Die Preisträger werden im Juni im. Vorstand der IASWG bekannt gegeben. 

Die Komitéemitglieder sind: Carol Cohen, Maria Gurrola, Brian Kelly und Hélène Filion Onserud und Zaneta Smith. Bitte kontaktieren Sie Carol Cohen ([email protected]), wenn Sie weitere Informationen erhalten möchten.


Le programme SPARC de l’AITSG

La date d’échéance pour le prochain cycle d’examen des candidatures est le 31 octobre 2019.

Le but du programme SPARC de l’AITSG est d’inspirer les pratiques innovantes dans  l'éducation, la formation et les projets de recherche au sein des membres de l’AITSG par son programme d’endossement et de petites subventions afin de faire avancer la mission de l’AITSG.

L'année 2019 représentera la 7ème édition du programme SPARC de l’AITSG. Nous sommes fier de tous les projets du programme SPARC de l’AITSG approuvés et financés pendant ces années d’opération. Nous encourageons les membres de l’AITSG à soumettre des propositions pour le cycle d’examen actuel qui terminera le 31 octobre 2019.

Vous devez être un membre courant de l’AITSG pour faire une demande. Les candidats potentiels devraient prendre connaissance du formulaire de demande et de l’accord de projet de SPARC

Depuis 2013, nous avons eu 10 cycles d’examen de candidatures du programme SPARC, et le Conseil d’administration de l’AITSG a approuvé 30 projets, 18 d’entre eux avec le financement avec un total de 13.370 USD. Notre niveau de financement actuel varie entre 250 $ US et

1 000 $ US par subvention. Jusqu’ici, nous avons eu des projets de SPARC sur 3 continents ! Les informations sur nos prix précédents sont disponibles ci-dessous. Les demandes sont évaluées deux fois par année, préalablement à la tenue des réunions du Conseil d’administration de IASWG, qui généralement ont lieu en juin et en novembre.    

La date de la prochaine échéance est le 31 octobre, 2019. Les boursiers seront annoncés en juin à la réunion du Conseil d’Administration de l’ AITSG. Les membres du comité sont: Carol Cohen, Maria Gurrola, Brian Kelly, Hélène Filion Onserud et Zaneta Smith. S’il vous plaît, contactez Carol Cohen ([email protected]) pour des informations complémentaires.

 

 See Videos from IASWG SPARC Awardees, talking about their SPARC Projects, why they applied to SPARC, and their advice to new applicants.

Lois A. Carey, SPARC Awardee November 2014 - Group Work Training and Supervision
Brian L. Kelly, SPARC Awardee November 2015 - Fifth House Ensemble Residency Programs with Teen Living Programs

Tee R. Tyler, SPARC Awardee November 2016 - Interpersonal Classroom Model; Developing Interpersonal Communication Skills in Social Work with Groups Courses

 


 

The following IASWG SPARC Projects were approved by the IASWG Board for Endorsement and Funding in June 2019:

Restoring Moms: A Journey of Healing with Horses, April Parker, North Carolina, US

Recommended for Endorsement and Funding 
        A group of women who are experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) will engage in experiential activities with horses led by an equine specialist at Shepherd Youth Ranch to promote self-awareness and self-control; reduce anxiety and/or depression related symptoms; identify and reframe thinking and behavior patterns that are negatively affecting their functioning.  Participants will engage in process groups facilitated by the project leader after each session with the horses.
       During the process groups participants will be encouraged to reflect on thoughts, feelings and behaviors they experienced and observed in others while working with the horses and how this information can help them with issues related to PMADs.   Issues common for women experiencing PMADs include feelings of detachment from their baby, anxious and/or intrusive thoughts, feelings of incompetence, hopelessness and fear associated with traumatic experiences during the perinatal period.

 

PsychoSocial Support Group for Refugee Transit Camps: A Pilot Study, Nancy Murakami, NY, US and Friends of Kisoro, Nyakabande Refugee Transit Camp, Uganda (follow-up to November 2018 endorsed and funded SPARC project)

Recommended for Endorsement
       This pilot study will examine the impact and perceived usefulness of participation in a psychosocial support group for refugees residing in a refugee transit camp in southwestern Uganda. The three-session group, called the Psycho-Social Support Group (PSSG) for Refugee Transit Camps, is an emerging practice that aims to mitigate psychosocial effects of persecution and forced displacement faced by refugees living in a transit camp, by targeting effects of loss and other under-addressed psychosocial needs.
       The PSSG is a 3-session manualized trauma-informed, psycho-educational and support group intervention that aims to enhance adult refugees’ awareness of psychosocial well-being, to build upon resilience by expanding distress management skills, and to promote community-building in order to reduce isolation. Group clients are all refugees who have recently experienced war, violence, threats, and other human rights abuses.

 

The Skills and Motivation: Group Therapy Training for Social Workers Working with Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Turkey, Kenan Sualp, Hatice Nuhoglu & Olga Molina, Florida, US & Hacettepe, Turkey

Recommended for Endorsement and Funding 
       The two Project aims are to: (1) Create an evidence-based group manual using Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy that can apply to working with unaccompanied refugee children and can be facilitated by social workers in Turkey; and (2) Deliver training sessions to social workers based upon the manual, who are currently working with refugees so that they can facilitate group therapy effectively in their agencies.
              The overarching goal of this training program is to reduce refugee children’s trauma symptoms and reach a greater number of children through increasing the effective use of group therapy among social workers. The pilot program will be implemented in Turkey with the help of a major refugee organization SGDD-ASAD that is recognized by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Following the program, summative program evaluation research will be conducted and a manuscript will be written for publication in order to disseminate the findings.
 

Teenage Fathers as Partners in Parenting: A Qualitative Study of the Relationship between Young Black and Latino Men and their Child’s Birthmother, Kyle McGee II, New York, US

Recommended for Endorsement and Funding
       This qualitative study explores how Black and Latino men who fathered a child during their adolescent years, experience relationship with their child’s birthmother from pregnancy to the first two years after their child’s birth. Using a phenomenological focus group approach this study seeks to build understanding of the lived experience of these men, particularly around how they negotiate the relationship with their child’s mother in parenting responsibilities. The knowledge gained through this inquiry will seek to enhance advocacy for the needs of young fathers of color and to contribute knowledge to help inform practitioners in places that support them.
       The use of focus groups in this research project will provide a unique opportunity to inform group work as the participants will have opportunity to hear and learn of each other’s stories about becoming a father and navigating the relationships with their partners, family members, and other social systems that impact their wellbeing. This approach will also provide opportunity for further learning about how focus group methods can generate knowledge that is unique in the research process and helps to invoke concepts and themes that might not otherwise surface. Lastly, this research project centers racial equity in its process as strategies are built in to help ensure that any power imbalances within the methodology can be identified and responsibly addressed.

Past SPARC Projects include:

  • Initiative to expand support group work services and training with media capabilities.
  • Dissertation study of factors in the commitment to group work practice.
  • Project to compile case studies for group work teaching and training.
  • Research to study authors' trajectories following their group work related dissertations.
  • Training to expand staff expertise in providing diverse group work programs.
  • Innovation to expand knowledge and competency to more effectively serve an under-served population.
  • Dissertation study of school social workers' perceptions of grief counseling groups for adolescents.
  • Development of group work programs to better serve youth and young men of color.
  • Large scale research study to examine and work more effectively with diversity in group work throughout stages of development.
  • Implementation of an innovative book discussion group with members with multiple sclerosis.
  • Evaluation of small group activities within online learning environments.
  • Research and training in group work supervision.
  • Advocacy for the use of group methods in social work and allied fields.
  • Examination of the linkage of summer camp programs and the development of social group work.
  • Establishment of a think tank & action network to challenge and eradicate the oppressive social structures threatening young Black males.
  • Implementation of a stigma focused group program, collaboratively developed for and with parents living with HIV.

IASWG members are welcome to submit proposals to the SPARC Program, requesting endorsement with or without funding, for special projects (e.g., training, research, and practice) consistent with the mission of IASWG.

All proposals should be sent as an email attachment to [email protected] Please feel free to contact Carol S. Cohen at the above email address or by phone at +516.877.4427 to discuss the Program with a member of the SPARC Committee.

Information you need will to apply:

IASWG SPARC Bi-annual Reports:

IASWG SPARC News:

Reports from Past SPARC Projects: