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

The International Association for Social Work with Groups invites group work students, practitioners, researchers, faculty, administrators, community workers and activists, and group organizers from various professional disciplines, to submit presentation proposals for the 2022 IASWG Virtual Symposium.

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, Spanish, Lithuanian or German, and sessions at symposium may be conducted in these languages as well.


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!

For more information, please visit www.iaswg.org/2022symposium or email symposium@iaswg.org. We encourage presenters to be current IASWG members. All presenters must register for symposium.

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Questions about Submitting Your Presentation

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