Join us for the 2022 Virtual Symposium (June 16 - 18th)

Call for Proposals - Now Open

We are saddened to inform you that we have decided to cancel the in-person IASWG Symposium that was to take place at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, June 16-18, 2022. In thoughtful dialogue with the Board​ of Directors and the Lithuanian Chapter​, we acknowledge the concerns many of you have expressed about global travel today amid the pandemic as well as the impact on the climate. We also recognize that some members of our community have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, which affects their ability to attend in-person. This was a difficult decision. We are very thankful to the Lithuanian Chapter for their gracious offer to host the symposium and understanding that it could not be a reality next year.

We now share the good news that we are planning a virtual symposium on the same dates, June 16-18, 2022, that is accessible, interactive, and allows for people from around the world to gather and learn together. We look forward to sharing more details in the upcoming months. In the meantime, for those who are interested in presenting at next year's virtual symposium, we invite you to submit a presentation proposal.

Program Schedule

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - Pre-Symposium Institutes
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - Pre-Symposium Institutes
  • Thursday, June 16, 2022 - Symposium Day 1
  • Friday, June 17, 2022 - Symposium Day 2
  • Saturday, June 18, 2022 - Symposium Day 3

Student Volunteers

Student volunteers are the heart, hands, and soul of the IASWG symposium. IASWG will select around 50 student volunteers to perform tasks related to session oversight, zoom tech support, and translation services. In exchange for your time and effort, volunteer's symposium registration fee will be waived.

In order to be considered for a volunteer assignment, applicants MUST:

  • Be enrolled in a Community Services, BSW or MSW program or be a Community Services, BSW or MSW recent grad who graduated in either December 2021 or May 2022
  • Be a current IASWG student member (can join once your volunteer status as been confirmed)
  • Be willing to be an active and engaged volunteer for at least 2 half-day volunteer shifts
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session before the symposium

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basisVolunteer selection will be confirmed by email no later than February 28, 2022. Positions are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Selection: Please note, you must be a member of IASWG to be able to serve as a volunteer for the symposium. Once you are notified about your volunteer application status, we request that you join as a student member and register for the symposium as a volunteer before May 1st 

If you have any questions, please contact Emily, the Volunteer Coordinator, via email at [email protected], who is the primary point of contact before and during the symposium.


2022 Symposium Theme

From Social Separation to Social Solidarity: It’s Time for Group Work!

Social divisions and isolation have been intensified by the global pandemic. It is clear that at a time of physical social distancing, groups have been critical vehicles for social connection and justice. Covid-19 has highlighted world-wide challenges of exclusion and inequality among people and communities, amidst unequal access to resources and services, human rights violations, and social tensions. Now is the time to expand opportunities for people from across social divides to experience the power of solidarity. 

The IASWG believes in social group work's practical and powerful ways to bring people together – in small or large groups – to make a difference for individuals, communities and the wider society. Join us virtually from 16-18 June 2022 to share your knowledge, innovations, research and experiences, and to feel our own sense of solidarity. Let us grow together through group work!

De la division sociale à la solidarité sociale : c‘est le temps du travail de groupe!

Les fractures sociales et l‘isolement ont été intensifiées par la pandémie mondiale. Il est clair que dans une période de distanciation sociale et physique, les groupes ont été d‘importants véhicules du lien social et de justice. La COVID-19 a accentué les problématiques planétaires, tels l‘exclusion et l‘iniquité parmi la population et les communautés, l‘accès inégal aux ressources et aux services, les tensions sociales et les violations des droits humains.  Le moment est venu de multiplier les occasions pour les personnes de tout horizon de faire l'expérience du pouvoir de la solidarité.

L‘IASWG croit que le travail social de groupe possède des manières concrètes et puissantes, en petits ou grands groupe, pour rapprocher les gens et faire une différence pour les individus et les communautés, voire même pour la société en général. Rejoignez-nous virtuellement du 16 au 18 juin 2022 pour partager vos connaissances, innovations, recherches et expériences, et pour éprouver notre sens de la solidarité. Grandissons ensemble grâce au travail social de groupe!

De la separación social a la solidaridad social: Es el momento del trabajo social

Las divisiones sociales y el aislamiento se han visto intensificados por la pandemia mundial. En un momento de distanciamiento social físico, los grupos han sido vehículos fundamentales para la conexión social y la justicia. Covid-19 ha puesto de manifiesto los problemas mundiales de exclusión y desigualdad entre las personas y las comunidades, la desigualdad de acceso a los recursos y servicios, las violaciones de los derechos humanos y las tensiones sociales. Ahora es el momento de ampliar las oportunidades para que las personas, más allá de las divisiones sociales, experimenten el poder de la solidaridad.

El IASWG cree en las formas prácticas y poderosas del trabajo de grupo social para reunir a la gente - en grupos pequeños o grandes -, para marcar la diferencia para los individuos, las comunidades y la sociedad en general. Únase a nosotros virtualmente en del 16 al 18 de junio de 2022 para compartir tus conocimientos, innovaciones, investigaciones y experiencias, y para sentir nuestro propio sentido de la solidaridad. ¡Crezcamos juntas a través del trabajo en grupo!"

Von der sozialen Separation zur sozialen Solidarität: Es ist Zeit für Gruppenarbeit!

Soziale Spaltung und Isolation wurden durch die globale Pandemie noch verstärkt. Es liegt auf der Hand, dass in einer Zeit physischer sozialer Distanzierung Gruppen ein wichtiges Instrument für soziale Verbindungen und Gerechtigkeit sind. Covid-19 hat die weltweiten Herausforderungen der Ausgrenzung und Ungleichheit zwischen Menschen und Gemeinschaften inmitten von ungleichem Zugang zu Ressourcen und Dienstleistungen, Menschenrechtsverletzungen und sozialen Spannungen deutlich gemacht. Jetzt ist es an der Zeit, die Möglichkeiten für Menschen über soziale Unterschiede hinweg zu erweitern, um die Kraft der Solidarität zu erfahren. 

Die IASWG glaubt an die praktischen und wirkungsvollen Möglichkeiten der sozialen Gruppenarbeit, Menschen in kleinen oder großen Gruppen zusammenzubringen, um für den Einzelnen, die Gemeinschaft und die Gesellschaft insgesamt etwas zu bewirken. Schließen Sie sich uns vom 16. bis 18. Juni 2022 virtuell an, um Ihr Wissen, Ihre Innovationen, Ihre Forschung und Ihre Erfahrungen zu teilen und unser eigenes Gefühl der Solidarität zu spüren. Lassen Sie uns gemeinsam durch Gruppenarbeit wachsen!