The International Association for Social Work with Groups, co-sponsored by the New York University Silver School of Social Work, invites group work students, practitioners, researchers, faculty, administrators, community workers and activists, and group organizers from various professional disciplines, to submit presentation proposals.

Proposals are welcomed in all areas of group work, especially related to group work practice with populations in a variety of settings, multicultural practice, group work in developing countries or underserved communities, community development, activist group work practice, group work research and training.

  • Presentations are 30 or 60 minutes; comprised of didactic learning, interactive discussion, or skill building with an experiential component.
  • Posters 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, Lithuanian, Spanish or German, and sessions at symposium may be conducted in these languages as well.


Literally and figuratively, barriers of all kinds have become omnipresent in today's global political and social climate. Barriers that keep people out, barriers that keep people in, barriers that separate people from families and communities, and above all barriers in hearts and minds that prevent people from seeing each other with compassion in all their humanity and diversity. We see these barriers being erected all over the world. One of the tasks of social group work is to dismantle these barriers using the venues of activism, community organizing, as well as group work in schools, mental health and health care settings, the criminal justice system and law enforcement along with other institutions in urban, rural, and suburban locations in order to help people live fully realized lives by building relationships and strengthening global communities.

For more information, please visit www.iaswg.org/2019symposium or email symposium@iaswg.org. All presenters must be active/current members of IASWG, and be registered for symposium.

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Questions about Submitting Your Presentation

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