our passion

We value the creation of community, service to our members, their clients, and the profession; and group leadership as a process to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and groups.

I have been a counselor educator, practicing counselor, and clinical supervisor for over 20 years. I have worked, taught, and facilitated groups for the last two decades, and find the process still fascinating and enjoyable. Communities today feel fragmented and our mission to strengthen them becomes ever more important. We must both be and demonstrate through our own productive struggle, ways in which to facilitate the growth and development of individuals and groups. I hope to be able to serve you all and ASGW with integrity and purpose.

I am currently a Professor in the Department of Counseling at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and have been an active member of ASGW for more than 28 years. During my time with ASGW, I have held numerous leadership positions including Special Initiatives Committee Chair, Process Observer, and Awards Committee Co-Chair. As President-Elect I am dedicated to advancing the mission of ASGW to empower members and other helping professionals with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to practice effective, socially just, and ethical group work in a diverse and global society.

I am scholar and research director in the Office of Educational Research, College of Education at the University of Florida and affiliate faculty of Counseling and Counselor Education. As an active member of ASGW for over 10 years, I have served in the International Committee, leading a team of editors on a two-issue JSGW publication focusing on International perspectives on group work: Practice, teaching, and research, Awards Committee, Product Development Committee and now President from 2019-20. I am proud to help host the ASGW 2020 conference in my island home of Puerto Rico & look forward to an exciting & fruitful year ahead!

Professor at Texas State University. She is a licensed professional counselor and board approved supervisor in Texas and has worked with children, adolescents, and families in community agencies, private practice, and inpatient psychiatric settings providing individual, group, and family counseling. Scholarly interests include clinical and multicultural supervision, ethics, advocacy, professional identity and licensure issues. She has chaired the Ethics Committee and Professional Standards Committee of ACA, and has served as President of the TACES.

I am excited to be starting in the role as Secretary. I have been a member of ASGW for a number of years and consider it my professional home. Previously, I was the newsletter editor and the chairperson of the Strategic Communications Committee. I work as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Immaculata University, and also continue to do a little bit of clinical work. I look forward to serving ASGW and hope to get to meet many of you at our upcoming conference in Puerto Rico!

Jonathan Orr, is a Clinical Associate Professor & Program Coordinator & Clinical Coordinator for the Mental Health Counseling Program in the Dept of Counseling & Psychological Services at Georgia State University.  His teaching and research interests include: group work, social justice, supervision, mindfulness, multicultural counseling, theory development, & professional counselor identity. In addition to this work as a counselor educator, Dr. Orr maintains a small & active private practice in Decatur where he provides counseling & coaching services for a wide range of individuals, couples, groups and families & clinical supervision for mental health counselors.

At Georgia Southern University I teach graduate students in Counselor Education, and at Penn State I taught graduate students in Counselor Education and undergraduate students in Rehabilitation and Human Services. I served on the National Board for Certified Counselors, and previously served on the CACREP Board. I have been awarded the Jane E. Myers Lifetime Mentor Award.

I’m known by my students as “Dr.Pris”. I work as an assistant professor of counseling at University of Texas at San Antonio. I have been involved in ASGW since 2012 as a doctoral student. Now as a faculty, I enjoy teaching group course and as a clinical counselor love facilitating groups. Interest in groupwork drew me to work alongside many like-minded colleagues in ASGW. I am tasked with the responsibility to communicate with ASGW members and larger public via ASGW Website, social media sites, and newsletter with regard to ASGW initiatives and events.

My name is Kendra Jackson and I am an Assistant Professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University. I teach a variety of counseling courses, both residential and online, to assist with equipping graduate students for clinical practice. Additionally, as an LPC I do contractual work at a mental health agency in Michigan. I am passionate about counseling children and adolescents, and I address a variety of mental health concerns with diverse clients across the lifespan. I enjoy researching and presenting on multicultural issues, counselor education, supervision, mental health and the Black Church, and of course, group work!

A graduate of Idaho State University’s Counselor Education program, Dr. Champe has taught in counseling programs at Southern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin-Stout. An avid group worker, Dr. Champe has written several articles on group work theory and practice and taught group across the US and in Japan. She currently is a Senior Contributing Faculty member at Walden University. Her areas of scholarly interest include group work, supervision, counselor development, sexuality, multicultural issues and qualitative research.

Brittany Pollard is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania & Coordinator of master’s-level counseling programs at their Pittsburgh campus location. Her research focuses primarily on the experiential group work training of counseling students and she was awarded a 2019 ASGW Research Grant for a study exploring the experiences of counselors who completed a group practicum as part of their training. She served last year as a member of ASGW’s Special Initiatives Committee & will serve this coming year as committee co-chair. She is thrilled to be a part of the important work ASGW is doing & looks forward to engaging in another year of service!

Yiying Xiong, assistant professor in counseling and human development, joined the School of Education faculty in 2018. Her research interests include counseling minority clients with a focus on international students, group counseling, mindfulness practice, and the development of multicultural competence in counselor trainees.

Ashley holds current professional designations as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Board Certified Counselor (NCC), and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).

Christopher J. McCarthy is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His professional specialization is in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology and his research focuses on group interventions, wellness, and the identification of psychological resources that prevent stress. Dr. McCarthy’s current scholarly focus is on researching factors that cause stress for K – 12 teachers and developing group interventions that help teachers thrive.

ASGW Fellows

1987 George M. Gazda

1988 Fannie R. Cooley, Walter Lifton, Merle Ohlsen

1989 Marguerite R. Carroll, Jack Duncan, Rex Stockton

1990 James D. Beck, Benjamin Cohn, H. Allan Dye

1991 Gerald Corey, Richard L. Hayes, John Vriend, James V. Wigtil

1992 E. W. Christensen, Robert K. Conyne, Marianne Schneider Corey, Diana Hulse-Killacky

1993 Jeremiah Donigian, Arthur M. Horne, Richard Malnati, D. Keith Morran, James P. Trotzer

1994 Rosemarie Morganett, Rebecca Schumacher, Carolyn Thomas, Donald Ward

1995 Chuck Kormanski, George Leddick, Kathleen Ritter, Flip Robison, Allen Segrist

1996 None Awarded

1997 Jesse B. DeEsch, Samuel Gladding, Jeffrey A. Kottler, Jeffries McWhirter, F. Robert Wilson

1998 Janice DeLucia-Waack, Bree A. Hayes, David G. Zimpher

1999 Holly Forester-Miller, Rod Merta

2000 Ed Jacobs, Lynn Rapin

2001 Beverly Brown, Michael Hutchins, Michael Waldo

2002 John C. Dagley, Glen R. Martin, Karen K. Prichard, Zipora Shechtman, Vernon L. Sheeley, Marlowe Smaby

2003 Maria Riva

2004 William Kline

2005 Kurt Kraus

2006 Fred Bemak, S. Lenoir Gillam, Michael Wilbur

2007 Alicia Homrich

2008 Burt Bertram, Rita C Chung

2009 Sheri Bauman

2010 None Awarded

2011 Edil Torres-Rivera

2012 None Awarded

2013 Carmen Salazar

2014 Niloufer Merchant

2015 Amy Gibson Nitza

2016 Lorraine J. Guth, Kelly A. McDonnell, Kathryn L. Norsworthy

2017 Deborah Rubel, Melissa Luke

2018 Kristopher Goodrich, Jane Okech, Sam Steen

2019 Anneliese Singh, Jose Villalba, Kim Asner-Self

Past Presidents of ASGW

1973-1975 George M. Gazda

1975-1976 Jack A. Duncan

1976-1977 Clarence A. Mahler

1977-1978 Merle M. Ohlsen

1978-1979 John Vriend

1979-1980 H. Allan Dye

1980-1981 Walter Lifton

1981-1982 James Gumaer

1982-1983 Rex Stockton

1983-1984 Marguerite R. Carroll

1984-1985 James Beck

1985-1986 Glen R. Martin

1986-1987 James V. Wigtil

1987-1988 Richard L. Hayes

1988-1989 Diana Hulse

1989-1990 Fannie R. Cooley

1990-1991 E.W. Christensen

1991-1992 Rosemarie Smead

1992-1993 Chuck Kormanski

1993-1994 Samuel T. Gladding

1994-1995 Bree A. Hayes

1995-1996 Robert K. Conyne

1996-1997 Beverly M. Brown

1997-1998 A. Michael Hutchins

1998-1999 Jeremiah Donigian

1999-2000 Arthur M. Horne

2000-2001 Linda Keel

2001-2002 Lynn Rapin

2002-2003 Rod Merta

2003-2004 George Leddick

2004-2005 James Trotzer

2005-2006 M. Carolyn Thomas

2006-2007 Maria Riva

2007-2008 Janice DeLucia

2008-2009 Lenoir Gillam

2009-2010 Don Ward

2010-2011 Bogusia Skudrzyk

2011-2012 Niloufer Merchant

2012-2013 Rebecca Schumacher

2013-2014 Alicia Homrich

2014-2015 Jonathan Orr

2015-2016 Kim Asner-Self

2016-2017 Amy Nitza

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