IASWG Florida Chapter: Update
The Florida Chapter has been busy these past few months brainstorming ways to re-constitute and revitalize our board and its relevant committees by developing strategies for recruiting new members; updating and reinvesting in our local chapter web-page, and developing ideas about re-engaging long-time supporters in planning for new programming. Among the more enthusiastically supported ideas was re-initiating workshops, speakers, and conferences that support those who are presently involved in direct group work practice.
Our first workshop took place on November 18, 2011. Mark Macgowan, PhD, LCSW, Professor, School of Social Work at Florida International University presented: Evidence-Based Group Work: What is it and What is New? Dr. Macgowan presented how accountability, the values and ethics of social work, and the growing research require that group workers integrate the best available evidence in group practice. A framework for advancing evidence-based group work (EBGW) was introduced and new resources and materials to guide EBGW were offered. Attendees responded with much enthusiasm to this informative, enlightening presentation. Toward the ending of the session, board members gave a brief history and overview of IASWG and encouraged attendees to join this international organization of group workers.
We wish to thank Barry University and the Life Long Learning Center for hosting this workshop. We will be holding a “New Year’s Celebration Brunch on Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Biscayne Institutes of Health and Living in Aventura. We hope to welcome new members and bring together past members at this meet and greet event to celebrate getting “back in the loop with group”.
We are thrilled to announce that Greg Tully, PhD, MSW will be presenting on Saturday, February 25th, time and place to be announced. Dr Tully is an Associate Professor at West Chester University. He has previously taught group work at Barry University, New York University, and Hunter Graduate School of Social Work. He is an author/editor of social work literature and has presented at conferences in the Unitized States as well as internationally.We are continuing with our efforts to contact former members and encouraging them to renew.
Regarding membership, I wish to quote Toby Berman-Rossi:Each of us must own the effort to sustain and generate new membership. We must think of IASWG as “our group” and very personally take on its survival.
While the Board can work on membership benefits and strategies, the task of recruiting members is a very personal one. Members join because of affectional ties and/or because they are committed to the Association’s mission. These affectional ties come face-to-face, one on one, call by call. For you, our members and greatest recruiters are needed. Your efforts must continue against great odds.