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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)


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. Members have full access to the journal.


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Ten Strategies to Intentionally Use Group Work to Transform Hate, Facilitate Courageous Conversations, and Enhance Community Building

The Association for Specialists in Group Work’s (ASGW) Special Initiatives Committee created a document offering ten strategies for intentionally using group work to transform hate, facilitate courageous conversations, and enhance community building. Group workers can utilize these methods and resources to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion among group members in all types of groups and in various settings. These strategies provide a roadmap for group workers to use in navigating the complex process of unifying diverse individuals in a way that celebrates their commonalities and differences, while fostering difficult conversations in various group settings.

Click here to download the English document

Click here to download the Spanish document

Multicultural and Social Justice: Competence Principles for Group Workers

ASGW has endorsed this document with the recognition that issues of multiculturalism and social justice affect group process and dynamics, group and individual outcomes, facilitation, training, and research. Oppressive systems (e.g., racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, sizeism, nationalism, adultism, ageism) affect everyone in substantial and different ways. As individual members of this organization, it is our personal responsibility to address these issues through developing multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills, and social justice advocacy skills. We are responsible for increasing our awareness of our biases, values, and beliefs, and how they impact the groups we form, facilitate, participate in, and evaluate. Finally, we must increase our ability to facilitate groups that are diverse on many dimensions, leading with confidence, competence, and integrity as we assist group members informing and maintaining relationships that emphasize respect.

Multicultural and Social Justice: Competence Principles

ASGW Professional Standards for Training Group Workers

The purpose of the Professional Standards for the Training of Group Workers is to provide guidance to counselor training programs in the construction of their curricula for graduate programs in counseling (e.g., masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees and other forms of advanced graduate study). Specifically, core standards express the Association’s view on the minimum training in group work all programs in counseling should provide for all graduates of their entry level, master’s degree programs in counseling, and specialization standards provide a framework for documenting the training philosophy, objectives, curriculum, and outcomes for each declared specialization program.

ASGW Professional Standards

ASGW Best Practices Guidelines

These Best Practice Guidelines are intended to clarify the application of the ACA Code of Ethics to the field of group work by defining Group Workers’ responsibility and scope of practice involving those activities, strategies and interventions that are consistent and current with effective and appropriate professional ethical and community standards. These Best Practice Guidelines address Group Workers’ responsibilities in planning, performing and processing groups

ASGW Best Practice Guidelines