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Simmons SSW to Host International Association for Social Work with Groups Symposium

May 29, 2013

From left to right: Melissa Brown, Dana Leeman, Sasha Kaufman, Danya Bader-Natal, Dawn DiMartino

This June, Simmons College, in partnership with Boston University and Springfield College, will host the XXXV Annual Symposium of the International Association of the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, which draws together leading group work practitioners from around the world.

Coinciding with Boston Pride Week, the symposium, entitled "Revitalizing our Heritage: A Bridge to the Future," will focus on celebrating diversity, inclusion, and social action through a series of related events, including a plenary discussion of group work across the life cycle of LGBTQ persons, an outstitute to the preeminent Fenway Health Center, and a three-hour "Self-care and Pride Extravaganza."

Associate Professor of Practice Dana Leeman, MSW, PhD, has been working with a group of Simmons social work students to coordinate the conference on campus and around Boston. The students, who will also be taking place in the conference, are Danya Bader-Natal, Dawn DiMartino, Sasha Kaufmann, and Melissa Brown.

The Symposium will kick off on June 6th at 6pm in the Linda K. Paresky Center with a welcome and an interactive performance with Urban Improv.  The 3-day symposium will feature presentations by group work practitioners, researchers, and scholars, including a workshop by Alex Gitterman for field educators, and a workshop co-facilitated by Dana Leeman and Joshua Barnes, SW '13.

The Symposium will run from June 6th through June 9th. Those interested in attending can register here: