Student essay competition winners

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Groupwork Journal’s student essay prize.  The winner is   Evan Burke whose essay ‘From lessons to sessions: How does second language teaching experience translate to psychoeducational group facilitation?’ was considered the winner by the judges.  Evan was a student on the Masters in Social Work at the University College Cork, Ireland when he wrote is essay.

Highly commended papers were written by:

  • Samantha Bryan & Elizabeth Marshall who are studying for a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy at Sheffield Hallam University, England.  Their essay is entitled ‘Facilitating Group work in an Extended Scope Placement’
  • Colette Gallagher is a second yearstudent on BSc (Hons) in Integrated Practice in Learning Disability Nursing & Social Work at Salford University,    Her essay is entitled ‘Social Work and Professional Development:  A Critical Reflection about Group work’ 
  • Lorraine Kessler completed her paper as part of her Bachelors in Social Work at the University of Maine USA – ‘Respect Detectors: A Support and Educational Group Engaging LGBTQ Activists to Prevent Violence  in Their Community’ 
  • Rosa Wright is studying in her third year on the BSc (Hons) Integrated Practice – Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work at University of Salford, England wrote and excellent literature review ‘To what extent are people with intellectual disabilities (ID) active partners in focus group research?’ Please note: As a literature review this paper doses not meet the criteria of the award, which writing about direct practice.

These papers will form a Special Issue of Groupwork  in the near future.

If you are interested in the 2017 Groupwork Student Essay Competition – details can be found at  Groupwork Student Essay Prize 2017












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Student essay prize 2016

We are are happy to announce the second Groupwork Essay Prize of $100.00. Practitioners in training are invited to submit an essay or paper on any aspect of their practice of groupwork. Content may include: using groups to generate new knowledge; acquire and sustain new skills; develop new meanings for old adages. Any student on a first degree or masters program may submit an essay or paper (maximum 5,000 words) for the prize.

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Groupwork in the Classroom – Call for Papers

 Call for papers for a Special Issue of Groupwork in 2015

Groupwork in the Classroom

Editors Amanda Taylor and Tim Kelly

The Editorial Board of Groupwork intends to publish a Special Edition which will focus on the role of groupwork in teaching, learning and assessment in the global classroom. The articles should demonstrate the theory and practice of groupwork, and acknowledge the diversities in the global classroom in terms of the learner and educator population, languages, cultures, learning needs, styles and abilities.

We invite you to submit full papers that critically address the use of groupwork in all aspects of education and may include:

  •  teaching and/or the training of educators to teach and assess in a multicultural, multilingual, or otherwise diverse classroom;
  • learning among a diverse learner population, learners with diverse learning abilities, or learners with special learning needs;
  • innovative teaching and/or assessment methods; and
  • assessing learners’ content knowledge skills, participation in community projects and other learning outcomes.

We welcome theoretical papers, case studies, papers based on studies in progress, and critical and reflective accounts of experiences of groupwork in educational practice. If you are interested in submitting an article or would like to discuss an idea before submission, please email Amanda Taylor or Tim Kelly.

Deadline for full paper submissions: 1 January 2015. All submissions will go through the journal’s normal refereeing process.

Address and contact details for this special issue of Groupwork:

Amanda Taylor


Or Prof Tim Kelly

School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, Dundee Univesity, Dundee, Scotland

Telephone +44 (0)1382381404

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Student Groupwork Essay Contest

Whiting and Birch Publishing are happy to announce the Groupwork Essay Prize. Practitioners in Training are invited to submit an essay/paper on any aspect of their practice of groupwork. Content may include: using groups to generate new knowledge; acquire and sustain new skills; develop new meanings for old adages.

Any student on a BSW or MSW programme may submit an essay/paper (maximum 5,000 words) for the prize. The winner will be announced at IASWG Calgary 2014. Support and mentoring in the writing process if required will be offered to writers displaying talent and passion for groupwork.

The editors of Groupwork journal will review the shortlisted essays for publication. In addition a prize of $100 will be offered .

Groupwork journal values the work with groups that is undertaken in the diverse contexts in which student practitioners operate. We wish to showcase this work to promote the generation of knowledge and the application of groupwork.

For details of how to enter and the judging criteria please visit the Whiting and Birch website

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Luis Lowy – an inspirational groupworker

Luis Lowy, an early groupwork leader, resisted the Nazis the in the most powerful way he could…preparing jewish children for a future.
What can we do as groupworkers do to resist injustices and evils today?

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Groupwork is the only British-based journal specialising in social applications of groupwork. This peer reviewed, international journal  includes articles on all the settings in which groupwork is practised. Our articles span health care, nursing, occupational therapy, staff development, mental health, counselling, child care and education, youth and community work, social work, and criminal justice.

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