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Monday, November 11, 2019
5:30–7:30 p.m.


Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street
New York, NY, 10013
Room 260/261

Using Objects to Tell Stories of Group Work

Objects can help people with transitions and life changes, and even to maintain a sense of personal identity over time. Objects have been used to create a broader understanding of social work. How, then, might Objects help us understand more about group work? Can Objects help individuals in the process of becoming a group? 

Mark Doel, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Sheffield Hallam University, will help us consider the potential for objects, everyday or unusual, to explore our experiences and understanding of group work. Dr. Doel’s experimental web-based project, Social Work in 40 Objects, has received 150 ‘donations’ ( from people with varying relationships to social work. Dr. Doel will suggest that a collection of objects and their stories can create a deeper impression of social group work, and that the stronger the attachment between object, person and professional practice, the more charged becomes the object.

Participants are requested to bring an Object to the session – perhaps one that is used in your direct work with groups or one that can represent your relationship to group work. The event will also be streamed on Zoom for those who are interested but cannot attend the event in person. Online participants are also requested to have an Object. Be prepared to discuss your Object with others.

Students in the field will receive 2.0 hours of field credit for attending. Space is limited and registration is required.

RSVP to Akram Alhoribi ( Please indicate if you will be attending the event in person or online. We can accommodate up to 30 participants online and 50 participants in person.

This event is sponsored and collaborated by Manhattan Center Social Work Practice Colloquium Series, Adelphi University School of Social Work and Red Apple Chapter of the International Association for Social Work with Groups.

About the Speaker

Mark Doel, PhD

Mark Doel, PhD, is a registered social worker and Professor Emeritus, Sheffield Hallam University. Dr. Doel has twenty years’ social work practice with communities, specializing in group work. He has experience as a social work teacher and trainer, head of school of social work, a writer (21 books published plus many scholarly articles), academic researcher, external examiner and project director. He leads training workshops in group work and practice education. Dr. Doel has extensive experience in Eastern Europe. He is Honorary Professor at Tbilisi State University, Georgia and was Vice-President of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG).

For further information, please contact:

Akram Alhoribi
Administrative Assistant, School of Social Work
p – 212.965.8340 ext. 8359
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Carol Cohen
Professor, School of Social Work
p – 516.877.4427
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