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10 ways to keep your aaswg chapter active and alive

10 Ways to Keep Your AASWG Chapter Active and Alive

Patty Underwood, LICSW

MA Chapter Board President

Jared Kant, LCSW

MA Chapter Board Member

10 ways to keep your chapter alive
10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter Alive
  • Create Board of practitioners and academics
  • Create Board terms
  • Create and disseminate minutes of Board meetings
  • Have fun, bring food to meetings, plan annual Board retreat
  • Attend to group process
  • Celebrate students, practitioners, and agencies in your area for their commitment to group work
  • Share expertise
  • Reach out to agencies and universities
  • Encourage and mentor students
  • Utilize social networking in collaboration with other committees

Governance

Membership/

Conference

Communication

ma chapter purpose
MA Chapter Purpose
  • Mission Statement

Recognizing the power of environment and it’s impact on individuals, we believe groups stimulate the well-being of the development of individuals and communities. The AASWG serves to provide a professional, international organization promoting the practice of group through education, training, and networking among interdisciplinary group work. (from By-Laws)

ma chapter objectives from by laws
MA Chapter ObjectivesFrom By-Laws
  • Promote the recognition and acceptance of group work as recognized method among helping professions
  • Advocate public policy perspectives which address needs of group workers
  • Serve as a training resource and provide supervision and consultation
  • Promote and support new approaches in theory, research and practice
  • Advocate for the advancement of group work curriculum and stimulate written media materials for group work
  • Provide forum for members to exchange information
  • Define a working relationship for members to exchange with an international symposium
board structure
Board Structure

Conference

Governance

Communication

Officers

Membership

10 ways to keep your chapter alive1
10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter Alive
  • Create Board of practitioners and academics
  • Create Board terms
  • Create and disseminate minutes of Board meetings
  • Have fun, bring food to meetings, plan annual Board retreat
  • Attend to group process
  • Celebrate students, practitioners, and agencies in your area for their commitment to group work
  • Share expertise
  • Reach out to agencies and universities
  • Encourage and mentor students
  • Utilize social networking in collaboration with other committeess

Governance

Membership/

Conference

Communication

10 ways to keep your chapter alive governance
10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter AliveGovernance
  • Create Board of practitioners and academics
  • Create Board terms
  • Have fun, bring food to meetings, plan annual Board retreat
  • Attend to group process
  • Create and disseminate Board meeting minutes
governance roles responsibilities
Governance Roles/Responsibilities
  • Ensure by-laws adherence
  • Communicate with International
  • Financial management
  • New Board member nominations/recruitment
  • Annual meeting
  • Celebrated committed group workers
  • Run Board meetings (Living the work/guidelines)
  • Create a culture of respect and fun
living the work
Living the Work
  • Guidelines
    • Start on time/end on time
    • Prioritize attendance
    • Let us know if you are unable to attend
    • Get the minutes out within the week
    • Co-create agenda items
    • Step up/Step back
    • Respect each other
    • Everybody has a place at the table
    • Be Transparent
    • Attend to our working dynamics
    • Follow through

Live the Work

10 ways to keep your chapter alive membership
10 Ways to Keep Your Chapter AliveMembership
  • Celebrate students, practitioners, and agencies in your area for their commitment to group work
  • Share expertise
  • Reach out to agencies and universities
  • Encourage and mentor students
membership
Membership
  • Connect with and support current membership
    • Peer supervision
    • Consultation
    • Education
    • Provide resources
    • Mentoring
  • Grow membership
    • Reach out to agencies and universities

The ever important question:

What do I get out of this membership?

why join
Why Join?

Answer:

Connection, collaboration, creative ideas, community, consultation, comrades

membership activities 2012
Membership Activities 2012
  • Social at local restaurant
    • 28 people in attendance
    • $400 (pizza, salad, BYOB)
  • Social in Western MA
  • NASW table
    • $100
    • Organized and staffed by 2 Board members
conference committee responsibilities
Conference Committee Responsibilities
  • Plan annual conference
  • Execute annual conference
  • Collaborate with communication committee
  • Assign tasks to Board members
  • Breathe deeply
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AASWG, Inc.

MA Chapter Conference 2012

At Simmons College

Award Winners

conference
Conference
  • Task List
  • Run of Show
  • Flyer
  • Advertising
  • Program
  • Annual meeting
  • Evaluations
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AASWG, Inc.

MA Chapter Conference 2012

At Simmons College

communication5
Communication

If your chapter

has a website,

always offer a way to

subscribe to your

newsletter.

5 pitfalls
5+ Pitfalls
  • Ignoring the hard work of the Board
  • Ignore by-laws (term limits, mission, guidelines)
  • Rigidity
  • Board member burn out
  • Trying to do too much
  • Ignoring problematic dynamics
  • Focusing too much on the task, forgetting about the fun, reflection, and community
  • ??????
contact information
Contact Information
  • Patty Underwood, LICSW
    • underwoodpatty@iaswgma.org
    • 617-515-5047
  • Jared Kant,LCSW
  • jared@iaswgma.org