International Collaboration

International Collaboration Task Force

Co-chairs of this Task Force are David Skiff and Irene McClatchey.

The main goal of the International Task Force is to gather and disseminate data on innovative and meaningful approaches to international social work education. Task force discussions cover topics such as emerging issues in international education, global field placements, international student and faculty exchanges, international conferences and events, and funding opportunities for international activities. The task force is instrumental in organizing the biennial National Conference on International Social Work.

International Social Work Conference

New York University hosted the 5th NADD Conference on Global Social Work on June 17-20, 2013. The conference focused on building a strong international knowledge base through research and multinational collaborations to create a truly global social work profession. The conference also focused on major global social issues including child and family well-being, women and work, population migration, trauma, and social work’s role in global public health. The program included invited speakers and peer-reviewed presentations.

The 4th International Social Work Conference was held on March 25-27, 2011 at the USC in Los Angeles, CA. The main theme and focus of the conference was on building a global social work profession, as well as policy development on global problems, cross-national and cross-cultural transportability of social work knowledge, skills and experience and social and economic development. Presentations at the 2011 conference were focusing on innovations in teaching, curriculum, research evidence, and exchange of social work skills and knowledge between nations and cultures.

NADD International Task Force co-sponsored the Third Annual Conference on International Social Work on July 10-12, 2009 in Jersey City, NJ. This annual event was co-organized by NADD International Collaboration Task Force members Dick Edwards from Rutgers University and Robin Mama from Monmouth University. Social workers from as far as the Caribbean, England, and Israel participated. Plenary sessions included the U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, understanding the grieving process and promoting resiliency among victims of terrorism, advancing social work internationally, security and risk assessment, and disaster behavioral health. Individual sessions included presentations on immigration, refugees, international service learning projects, student perspectives on international social work, disaster preparedness, and psychosocial support.

ICSD 2015 Call for Paper

Special Invitation to join The Global Institute of Social Work (GISW)

International Consortium for Social Development: Call for Proposals For Hosting the 2017 International Symposium – Proposals due: February 1, 2015

The Millersville University (PA) 1st Annual Global Well-Being Conference, July 2014
Millersville University’s First Annual Global Well Being Conference will be held this July!
This year’s conference, Global Youth: Understanding Challenges, Identifying Solutions, Offering Hope, will take place at Millersville University’s downtown campus, The Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603) from July 10-11, 2014.
Registration is now open. Please contact Karen Rice at with any questions.
The website and online registration are active at:

NADD International Task Force Meeting Minutes, April 9, 2013

Global Agenda 2012 (PDF)

Human Rights, Development, and the Global Profession

NADD International Task Force Meeting Agenda, April 3, 2012

NADD International Task Force Meeting Minutes, October 26, 2011

International Social Work Conference 2007, NADD Task Force Report (PDF)

Task Force Membership (PDF)

Task Force’s Partnering Organizations

Flyers from Programs Offering Study Abroad Courses in 2015 and 2016

Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Germany January 2016 and May 2016

Epss / Social Work in France July 2016

Florida State University: Costa Rica and Prague (Czech Republic) Summer 2015

Boston University School of Social Work: June 2015 travel/study program in Puerto Rico

Flyers from Programs Offering Study Abroad Courses in 2014

The Carthage College Social Work Department: Senegal, January 2014

Rutgers School of Social Work: Israel

Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Germany

Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS): Ecuador, Guatemala, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland

University of Missouri-St. Louis and University of Missouri-Columbia: South Africa, Summer 2014

University of New Hampshire: Ireland May – June 2014

Florida State University: Costa Rica and Prague (Czech Republic) Summer 2014

Florida Gulf Coast University: Ghana, Summer 2014

University of Utah College of Social Work: Oaxaca, Mexico Study Abroad Program, Summer 2014

San Jose State University: South Korea Faculty Led Program, June 15-29, 2014

Flyers from Programs Offering Study Abroad Courses in 2013 and 2014

Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Science (MSASS) Ecuador Guatemala Poland Netherlands India

Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Science (MSASS)
Bangladesh Ecuador Guatemala Poland Netherlands

University of Southern Mississippi: Germany, Jamaica

Southern Illinois University Carbondale: Germany, Bangladesh

Rutgers School of Social Work: Israel, China

Florida Gulf Coast University: London, Spring Break 2013