​The Western USA Virtual Chapter

​By Cheryl Lee and Vanessa Treadway, Chapter Co-Chairs

The Western USA Virtual Chapter is the new name for the California Chapter. We have active chapter leaders who reside in different western USA states, including Jen Currin-McCulloch an assistant professor at Colorado State University, Maria Gandarilla Ocampo, a PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and the Chapter Co-Chairs, Cheryl Lee from California and Vanessa Treadway from Washington State.

The chapter meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 7PM pacific coast time. We would love you to attend one of our zoom meetings! 

To join this chapter, please contact [email protected]


April Virtual Event: From Military and Substance Abuse Groups to Virtual Groups: Sharing Lessons Learned

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., Pacific Time

(OPEN TO ALL IASWG MEMBERS) - Please join the Western U.S. Chapter of International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG) Chapter for our monthly meeting as we learn and engage with Diana Kelly, LCSW, IASWG member and Faculty Lecturer at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. For more information, email [email protected] or view the event flyer.

January Virtual Event: Using Photovoice in Group Work

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7PM PCT

(OPEN TO ALL IASWG MEMBERS) - Dr. Jen Currin-McCulloch will make a presentation and lead an interactive discussion on the use of photography combined with the member's voice in group work (photo voice methodology). She will discuss this methodology which she uses in groups to help young adults who have cancer. She has just received the prestigious SPARC grant award from IASWG to further her practice and research in this area. Jen, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work, is an assistant professor at Colorado State University, a member of our chapter and an experienced social group worker who has worked in the area of cancer and palliative care for 20 years. If you can, bring a photograph to share with the participants which expresses your experience during this Covid19 Pandemic year. 

November Virtual Event: Diversity in Groups

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 7PM PCT

(OPEN TO ALL IASWG MEMBERS) - We are having a special presentation on Diversity in Groups by our own IASWG member Dr. Ken Saldanha. Ken is a popular Associate Professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches courses in group work and racial relations. He holds a doctorate from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Mumbai. We are very excited about this meeting and everyone from IASWG is invited to attend from 7PM to 8PM.