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.

  • Education sessions are 30 or 60 minutes, comprised of didactic learning, panel or interactive discussion, or skill building with an experiential component. The purpose of these educational discovery sessions is to give attendees exposure to a presenter's work and/or research.
  • Exploratory workshops are 90-minute sessions where the presenter is not only imparting knowledge but helping attendees develop skills through interactive and experiential activities. The primary goal of these workshops is that attendees can learn new approaches that they may bring back to their own group work practice, community work, teaching, supervising, mentoring, or group work-related research.
  • 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.


This is not a choice anymore; this is our obligation. Communities around the world have been destroyed by the effects of climate change, destructive policies that attack basic human rights, persistent war and conflict, and widening socio-economic gaps. The human community, is divided by ideology, privilege, violence, poverty, and racism. These are contributing factors to a global immigration crisis and the displacement of communities.

Despite contemporary challenges, human connection through groupwork is a powerful antidote and offers individuals, families, groups, and communities opportunities to join together to create dialogue, enhance mutual understanding, and craft effective interventions that promote healing and instill hope.

For more information, please visit www.iaswg.org/2020symposium 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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