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.
We value the creation of community; service to our members, their clients, and the profession; and group leadership as a process to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and groups. Fulfilling our mission will result in the following OUTCOMES benefitting ASGW members and the profession of group work:
Members experience a vibrant, caring, and diverse community.
Research relevant to group work is systematically supported and disseminated.
ASGW professional standards exist, continue to evolve, and guide group work.
Helping professionals practice evidence-based and innovative group work models.
Group work professionals benefit from opportunities and resources for training, practice, and professional growth.
The principles of multiculturalism, social justice, and global perspectives permeate all group work.
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.
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