The Association for Specialists in Group Work was founded in 1973 as a division of the American Counseling Association. ASGW exists so that members and other helping professionals are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to practice effective, socially just, and ethical group work in a diverse and global society.

ASGW Statement of Mission

The Association for Specialists in Group Work is a division of the American Counseling Association. As Counseling Professionals who are interested in and specialize in group work, we value the creation of community; service to our members, their clients, and the profession; and leadership as a process to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and groups.

The purpose of the Association shall be to establish standards for professional and ethical practice; to support research and the dissemination of knowledge; and to provide professional leadership in the field of group work. In addition, the Association shall seek to extend counseling through the use of group processes; to provide a forum for examining innovative and developing concepts in group work; to foster diversity and dignity in our groups; and to be models of effective group practice.

ASGW Value Set




ASGW Vision

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State Branches

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Alabama - Christi Jones
Illinois - Kimberly Thomas
Ohio - Yiannoula Mavroidis
Kentucky - Nathan Yaden  
Pennsylvania - Ashley Coombs 
Kansas - Robert Kircher
North Carolina - Patricia Whitfield
Virginia - Terri Mason

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