Student groupworkers are invited to submit an essay or paper on any aspect of their practice of groupwork. Any student on a first degree or masters program, or those who have graduated in 2015, may submit an essay or paper (maximum 5,000 words) for the prize.

We invite essays from students who have worked or done placements with groups in a variety of contexts: in the Statutory, State or Federal systems; Non-Governmental or Not-for-Profit Sectors; or in the independent or private sector. The essay should give an overview of the context in which the group is set, identify the model of intervention employed, and discuss the outcomes achieved. We invite respondents to include a short reflection on their learnings from situations where ethical issues or dilemmas have arisen; to undertake a critical discussion of the implications for group leaders or members of that particular policy or practice; to identify the connections that they have made with the discipline of social groupwork and with the authors most influential in their development as groupworkers using evidence from their practice.  Please note papers must include description of and reflection on direct groupwork practice – purely theoretical essays or literature reviews are not eligible.

The essay may have been submitted as an assessed assignment, but it should not have been published elsewhere.

The Editors of Groupwork journal will review the shortlisted essays for publication.

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. Support and mentoring in the writing process may be offered to writers displaying talent and passion for groupwork to bring the entry up to the standard required for publication in Groupwork.

The deadline for entries is May 15th, 2017. There is a $100 prize and the winner will be announced at the Annual Symposium of IASWG in June 2017. http://www.iaswg.org/

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