Cultivating and empowering members with the knowledge, skills, and resources to practice effective, socially just, and ethical group work in a diverse and global society.
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!
Live webinar sessions are offered free of charge for all members. ASGW State branches can access webinars at a discounted rate.
Journal for Specialists in Group Work (JSGW)
Complete access to past, current, and special editions of the journal for ASGW.
Products for ASGW including, shirts, DVDs, novelties, and books are offered at a discounted rate.
Members are granted access to free resources, such as Ten Strategies to Intentionally Use Group Work to Transform Hate, Facilitate Courageous Conversations, and Enhance Community Building
ASGW Training Videos
Recorded videos on group practice and group research are available for members to obtain continuing education units (CEUs).
Awards and Scholarships
Members are eligible for awards for their contributions to the area of group work. Some awards may include a monetary component.
Funding available for research that increase the understanding of group work.
ASGW “Groupie” Spotlight
Members are recognized for their contributions and work in the area of group work practice and research.
ASGW Digital Badge
Receive a validated indicator of your commitment, involvement, and passion for ASGW and group work.
ASGW Committee Involvement
Opportunities to serve on numerous committees to expand and enhance ASGW.
Strategic and Advocacy Initiatives
Join group leaders in promoting global efforts to instill hope and united communities through group work.
By being a member of ASGW, members are granted VIP access and exclusive benefits through the “ASGW Groupie Portal” by using your member login and password. You will have complete access to these exclusive benefits:
Select your membership type
a. The ASGW application will assist you with selecting the correct membership level based on your credentials and qualifications.
b. Prices vary by membership level
c. You may choose to join ASGW and ACA; however, an ACA membership is not required in order to become a member of ASGW.
Complete application process
a. You can complete the application by accessing the following link: https://www.counseling.org/membership/join-reinstate. You may also join by completing a print version of the ASGW application.
b. After completing the ASGW application, you will be notified of your acceptance through a confirmation email and welcome letter.
c. Membership will last for 1 year.
Enjoy exclusive member benefits
a. Network with groupies globally
b. Grow and advance your group leadership skills
Graduate Student Membership
New Professional Membership
Renew your ASGW membership to maintain access to all of your exclusive membership benefits.
You can renew your membership by accessing the provided link https://www.counseling.org/membership/join-reinstate. Members may choose to renew online or in print. If you renew online, please follow the prompts to renew your membership. For questions regarding membership, please contact the ASGW Membership Chair, Kendra L. Jackson via email at Kendra.email@example.com.
ASGW is committed to expanding the organization and the opportunities that are available to members. Take action and become involved by allowing your voice to be heard by completing the “Group Involvement Form” below.
ASGW thanks you for your willingness to serve and to help the organization to continue to flourish!
Dr. Christine Suniti Bhat
Professor of Counseling at Ohio University Past ASGW President 2017- 2018
Dr. Bhat has served in numerous capacities and in diverse work environments. She has extensive international experience as an educator, counselor, and psychologist. Dr. Bhat has also served in state and national leadership positions, expanding and contributing immensely to the counseling profession. Her research interest centers on cyberbullying, but has a deep passion for the area of group work. She works diligently as a counselor educator and enjoys teaching the Group Counseling course. Through creative modalities, she prepares masters-level clinicians to effectively and ethically facilitate group to assist with facilitating strength, growth, and healing with clients.