Create Connections at the 2017 ACA National Conference

San Francisco, C.A. March 16-19, 2017

Featuring Keynote Speaker IRVIN D. YALOM!

As you may already know, ASGW holds conferences every two years, so our next conference is planned for early Spring 2018. We are busy making plans for that conference and will share details soon. Please keep checking here for more updates coming soon!

Fortunately, you don't have to wait until 2018 to join with other group workers to share knowledge, learn skills, and create community. ASGW will have many learning programs and networking events at the American Counseling Association (ACA) conference. Make plans now to attend the ACA conference in San Francisco, CA, March 16-19, 2017.

Make Plans to Attend the ASGW Sponsored Sessions and Events at ACA National Conference

San Francisco, C.A. March 16-19, 2017

ASGW Sponsored Sessions

Now more than ever, the work that ASGW members do is so essential.  While you are at ACA, come see some amazing examples of group work in action and discuss the use of groups to address some of the problems facing our world.

  •  Group Interventions in the Aftermath of Violence, Terrorism, and Dislocation (#236)

Christine Suniti Bhat, Devika Dibya Choudhuri, Stephanie Eberts, and Jane Webber

Saturday, March 18         10:30am - 12:00pm         Room 2014


  •  Implications of “Religious Freedom” Legislation on Group Work and Group Workers in Tennessee (#104)

Maia Niguel Moore, Asher M. Pimpleton-Gray, Mildred S. Dukic, Sandra Terneus & Virginia S. Dansby

Friday, March 17               7:30am - 8:30am             Room 2018


  • Group Work in Cultural Context: Working with LGBTQ Members (#618)

Kerrie R. Fineran, Amber Lange, Cassandra Halbert, Brooke E. Wright, Alyssa Hale & Christie Jenkins

Friday, March 17              12:00pm - 12:30pm           Poster Area 4


  • Group Interventions in Disaster Mental Health (#849)

Rebecca Rodriguez, Cynthia Stewart, Jonathon Kovalsky, Lauren Dershowitz, Maggie Zielinski

Sunday, March 19            12:00pm - 12:30pm           Poster Area 7


ASGW Special Events

(all ASGW events Will Be Held at the Intercontinental Hotel)

ASGW Leadership Collaborative Planning Session

Twin Peaks     Thursday     March 16     9:00am-12:00pm

*ASGW Member Meeting & Awards Ceremony - join us for awards and food!  (this ceremony replaces the luncheon this year.)

Union Square     Friday     March 17     3:00pm-4:30pm

ASGW Journal for Specialists in Group Work Editorial Board Meeting

Laurel Hill     Friday     March 17     5:00pm-6:30pm

ASGW 2015 Fellows Committee Meeting

Sutter     Saturday     March 18     3:00pm-4:00pm

*ASGW Fellows Recognition Meeting - EVERYONE is welcome to attend and hear from our new Fellows Melissa Luke and Deb Rubel

Sutter     Saturday     March 18     4:00pm-5:00pm

*ASGW/ACC/ACES/AHC Joint Reception

Pacific Terrace     Saturday     March 18     7:00pm-9:00pm

*All ASGW members are invited to participate in these events! 

Join Us in Savannah, GA for the Association for Specialists in Group Work National Conference

Savannah Hilton DeSoto Hotel, February 1-3, 2018


Groups: Nurturing Positivity for Greater Good

Featuring Keynote Presentations from

Dr. Samuel Gladding


Dr. Carolyn Stone

What would life be like if we woke up tomorrow and livedour best possible lives? One in which we loved fully, worked joyfully, laughed heartily, and slept peacefully, knowing that the day had been fulfilling and well-lived?

We cordially invite you to join us at the ASGW Conference in Savannah, Georgia, on February 1-3, 2018. Escape the cold, wintry weather, and wrap yourself in a blanket of positivity. We welcome proposals on all types of group work, including those related to the conference theme -  Groups: Nurturing Positivity for Greater Good. Share how gratitude, forgiveness, altruism, empathy, compassion, flourishing, wellness, and mindfulness can be brought to life through group work.

The call for proposals will open on April 1, 2018, so please check back for more information.

Conference Hotel Information

The conference will be held in the newly renovated Savannah Hilton DeSoto hotel with nightly rooms rates of $149 + tax. Hotel reservations for the conference are not open yet, but in the meantime more information about the hotel can be found here: