The Journal for Specialists in Group Work

Letter from the Editor


Thank you very much for your interest in the Journal for Specialists in Group Work (JSGW)!

As the official publication for the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), JSGW is a leading journal in the diverse field of group work.  The journal has an energetic and excited editorial board who is looking forward to receiving your submission, in the hopes of continuing to add critical insights and new ways of knowing in the larger fields of group counseling and group psychotherapy.  Authors published in the journal range from new scholars: those in doctoral programs or newly minted Ph.D’s, all the way to seasoned professionals with a legacy of scholarship.

 The journal aims to be accessible both to academicians, as well as those in practice, to promote both the art and science of group work long into the future.   We have several categories of articles one can submit to, from research and brief reports for scholars, training sections for counselor educators, practice sections for those in practice, as well as commentary and special issue to highlight diverse perceptives from across the population of group workers.

I hope you enjoy reviewing the journal, and do consider submitted your work for consideration.  You can always reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.  I look forward to speaking with you!

Kristopher M. Goodrich, Ph.D.

Editor, Journal for Specialists in Group Work (JSGW)




Additional Content about JSGW

As the official publication of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work is an indispensable resource for both practitioners and educators working with groups in clinical, organizational, educational and community settings.

The Journal for Specialists in Group Work is directed toward group work practitioners with a focus on group work theory, interventions, training, current issues, and research. The group process is a powerful method for development and change in the individual, the organization, and the community.

The Journal for Specialists in Group Work expands our understanding of this dynamic field. In each issue of the journal you’ll find peer-reviewed articles that:

  • promote the practice of group work
  • cover the continuum of types of group work – from task to therapy groups
  • emphasize the processes that make groups effective
  • integrate theory and practice
  • provide specific information about how to lead groups and train group leaders.

Peer Review Policy: All articles in this journal have undergone editorial screening and double-blind peer review by three anonymous reviewers.

Visit the journal’s webpages on Taylor & Francis Online for the most up-to-date Instructions for AuthorsEditorial Board info is also available there.


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Syllabus 1

Learn the theoretical and experiential understandings of group work, dynamics/development, and leadership approaches. Small group experience and supervised training in essential group leadership skills. Design and implementation of different types of groups for diverse populations in varied professional settings.

-Julia Champe Ph.D.

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Syllabus 2

Learn group processes such as tasks related to work, education, personal development, personal and interpersonal problem solving, or remediation of mental and emotional disorders.  Introduction to basic group processes, theories, and group based cognitive, affective, behavioral, and systemic intervention strategies discussed.

-Devika Dibya Choudhuri, Ph.D., LPC, CMHC, NCC, ACS

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Syllabus 3

Provide students with an understanding of group theory and processes.  Considerable emphasis is placed upon ethical and professional issues related to groups, characteristics of group stages, techniques designed to foster healthy/therapeutic group dynamics, and how groups influence individuals as they relate to common concerns or problems.

-Brittany Pollard, Ph.D.

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Syllabus 4

Facilitate simulated groups in keeping with the ethical and practice standards of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

-Sirena Liladrie, SSW

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Syllabus 5

5 dynamic and practical group work activities for school counselors to download and use. These are easy to follow step by step instructions specially designed for you to adapt. For more of such activities, visit ASGW Store.

Activities for School Counselors

Group Activities

Group Leaders have shared their favorite group activities! Feel free to use and adapt them.