Call for Proposals

Group Work Across the Globe: Building Transformative Connections

XXXVIII Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups, Inc.

In a world that has become increasingly interdependent and global, where communication is frequently defined by technology, with less emphasis on real-time human conversation, our mission as group workers is to create connections between human beings in order to increase supports, share diminishing resources, build and strengthen community with multicultural awareness and competence.

Please join us in New York, New York, June 15-18, 2016, for the XXXVIII Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG) in New York City, co-sponsored by the New York University Silver School of Social Work. We welcome group work students, practitioners, researchers, faculty, agency administrators, community workers and activists from various professional disciplines to submit proposals for papers, workshops and poster presentations.

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of group work. Topics that relate to multicultural approaches to group work, group work practice in developing countries or underserved communities, community development, activist group work practice, research, and training are especially welcomed.

  • Paper sessions are 30 minutes and are comprised of didactic presentation and interactive discussion.
  • Workshops are 60 minutes and emphasize skill building with an experiential component.
  • Poster Sessions are visual representations of research, practice, or training initiatives and are displayed at designated times during the Symposium.

Proposals may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or German, and sessions at symposium may be conducted in these languages as well.

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All presenters must be active/current members of IASWG, and be registered for symposium.

Deadlines for submissions of paper and workshop proposals:

~January 31, 2016 with notification by March 5, 2016

Deadline for poster presentation proposals:

~March 15, 2016 with notification by April 10, 2016

Once you have submitted the title of your presentation you will automatically receive an email that includes a password-protected hyperlink. If you must interrupt the submission process before finishing it you can resume at any time by clicking on the hyperlink in that email.

You can view and modify your submissions up until the submission deadline. (All deadlines are enforced at 11:59 PM Eastern USA time). After the deadline you can still view your abstract. Just find the confirming email mentioned above (from which will contain a direct link to your submission. If you remember the abstract ID# and password, please enter those codes to the right. If you can't find that email and don't remember the ID# of an abstract that you wish to modify, contact Technical Support

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