As society changes rapidly, so do the challenges for social work. Group work practice is an effective way of growing inclusivity and fostering transformative connectivity with clients in social work. Social group work, in particular, seeks to generate safe spaces, belonging, and opportunities for positive collective experiences that have the power to enable change in a way that individual experiences sometimes cannot. Designed to expand existing social work knowledge and refine group work skills, OASW is proud to present the online certificate: Essential Skills for Social Work with Groups: Theory, Leadership, and Evidence-Based Practice. Program includes 3 four-hour modules on engaging topics:

October 14 - 27, 2019
Module 1: The Power of Groups 

October 28 - November 10, 2019

Module 2: 
Group Leadership, Working with Conflict & Use of Activities

November 11 - 24, 2019
Module 3: 
Evaluation in Group Work Practice & Use of Manuals in Group Work 

November 25 - December 10, 2019
Course Wrap-up (Complete Outstanding Assignments):

Course is Now in Session!

Course Faculty

Dr. Ellen Sue Mesbur, MSW, EdD is a group work consultant for organizations and community agencies providing training in group work, leadership and program development. Ellen Sue served as Vice-President, Social and Professional Advocacy on the OASW Board of Directors, (2013-2019) and serves as Project Director for OASW's online course offerings (2015-2019). Ellen Sue is an Executive Committee member of the Toronto Region Groupworkers' Network (TRGN), a chapter of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG). Ellen Sue’s academic, scholarly and research has focused on social group work, field education, online teaching, and social work with older adults. She is Professor Emerita, Ryerson University, and served as Professor and Director at Ryerson University and Renison University College, University of Waterloo Schools of Social Work.

Dr. Barbara Muskat, BSW, MSW, PhD, RSW is the President of the International Association for Social Work with Groups. She recently retired as Director of Social Work at the Hospital for Sick Children. Barbara’s academic, clinical and research focus is in the area of children and youth with neuro-diverse developmental differences, as well as in social group work. Barbara is an Assistant Professor-status only at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Toronto and also maintains a small private counselling practice with children, youth and their families.