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! 

Save the Date for the 2018 ASGW National Conference


We are excited to announce that the biennial conference for the Association for Specialist in Group Work will be held in Savannah,  Georgia on February 1-3, 2018. The theme for the conference will be GROUPS: Nurturing Altruism for Greater Good and will feature learning sessions, keynotes, and events focused on Group Work related to topics such as Positive Psychology, gratitude, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, happiness, and mindfulness. 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:

The ASGW Conference Planning Committee is busy pulling together proposal announcements, schedules, and all manner of fun for the conference, so stay connected for more updates to come. As soon as they have more to share, this portion of the website will be updated. In the meantime, please visit some of these sites to get excited for Savannah!