Founded in 1979, the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG), formerly known as the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, is the premier international association for social workers and allied helping professionals engaged in group work. The purpose of this non-profit, member-driven organization is to promote excellence in group work practice, education, field instruction, research and publication. The goals of this Association are realized through a program of action and advocacy at both the local and international levels.

The activities of the Association include annual Symposia; local conferences and workshops; publications; and collaborative efforts with key social work associations and institutions. Key achievements include the development of Standards for Social Work Practice with Groups, the Social Work with Groups Newsletter, and the annual publication of selected symposium proceedings. Recently commissioned projects have included the Strengthening Group Work Education Publication Series, in collaboration with the CSWE, and the Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups. Ongoing efforts to foster excellence in group work education are continuously made through our Commission on Group Work in Social Work Education.

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