The Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) is the premier international organization for group workers who value the creation of community, support, and the installation of hope. The foundation of our organization is built on principles of multiculturalism, social justice, and the embracement of global perspectives, which permeate all group work.

Our organization works diligently to support and to provide services to our members and the profession by assisting with the knowledge and the acquisition of skills of group leaders, which enables group workers to be a catalyst for facilitating self-awareness, growth, and healing in the clients they serve.

United in heart and in mission, the Association for Specialists in Group Work is dedicated to providing current group work research, developing and updating group counseling competencies and standards, developing innovative and evidence-based modalities for effective group practice, and providing an abundance of training and resources to enhance the professional growth of our members.

We thank you for your involvement and for choosing ASGW as the group to join!

Types of Membership


Must be a graduate student enrolled in an educational program

ASGW Graduate Student Membership only: $37
ASGW and ACA Student Membership: $142


Must have graduated with a degree/certificate within the past 12months.
(This status is good for two years.)

ASGW New Professional Membership only: $37
ASGW and ACA New Professional Membership: $142


Must hold a degree in counseling or a related field and are engaged in teaching, practicing, and/or researching in the area of group work.

ASGW Professional Membership only: $50
ASGW and ACA Professional Membership: $239


Must be retired from the counseling profession and have maintained active involvement with ACA and/or ASGW for five consecutive years.

ASGW Retired Membership only: $37
ASGW and ACA Retired Membership: $142

Why Join?

Exclusive Benefits and VIP Access

The Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) is devoted to equipping group workers with the tools and resources to be effective group leaders that implement innovative group practices. By being a member of ASGW, you will have complete access to these exclusive benefits:

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ASGW Webinars

Live webinar sessions are offered free of charge for all members. ASGW State branches can access webinars at a discounted rate.

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Journal for Specialists in Group Work (JSGW)

Complete access to past, current, and special editions of the journal for ASGW.

ASGW Products

Products for ASGW including, shirts, DVDs, novelties, and books are offered at a discounted rate.

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ASGW Resources

Members are granted access to exclusive member resources.

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ASGW Training Videos

Recorded videos on group practice and group research are available for members to obtain continuing education units (CEUs).

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Awards and Scholarships

Members are eligible for awards for their contributions to the area of group work. Some awards may include a monetary component.

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Research Grants

Funding available for research that increase the understanding of group work.

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ASGW Member Spotlight

Members are recognized for their contributions and work in the area of group work practice and research.

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ASGW Digital Badge

Receive a validated indicator of your commitment, involvement, and passion for ASGW and group work.

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ASGW Committee Involvement

Opportunities to serve on numerous committees to expand and enhance ASGW.

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Social Justice and Advocacy Initiatives

Join group leaders in promoting global efforts to instill hope and united communities through group work.

How to Join or Renew


Select a
membership type

  • The ASGW application will assist you with selecting the correct membership level based on your credentials and qualifications.
  • Prices vary by membership level
  • You may choose to join ASGW and ACA; however, an ACA membership is not required in order to become a member of ASGW.


Complete the
application process

  1. You can complete an online or printed application.
  2. After completing your application, you will be notified of your acceptance through a confirmation email and welcome letter.
  3. Membership will last for 1 year.


Enjoy exclusive
member benefits

  • Network with group workers globally
  • Grow and advance your group leadership skills

Come grow with the
ASGW Community

Have questions about your ASGW membership?

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