Association for Specialists in Group Work Guiding Principles for Group Work

Christopher J. McCarthy, Sheri Bauman, Devika Dibya Choudhuri, Angela Coker, Cheryl Justice, Kurt L. Kraus, Melissa Luke, Deborah Rubel, Linda Shaw

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This 2021 document provides a principled framework for group work grounded in the rich history of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. Here, group workers and scholars can find a contemporary integration of ethical practice, contextual perspectives, and organizational values intended to guide group practitioners and scholars from varied disciplines and with varied purposes. Group work, in this context, is a broad professional practice where knowledge of and skill in group facilitation is applied to assist an interdependent gathering of people in reaching their individual, relational, and collective goals. The goals of different groups may include accomplishing tasks, promoting growth and development, and treating mental, behavioral, and emotional challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-21
Number of pages12
JournalJournal for Specialists in Group Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022


  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Group Work Principles
  • Training Standards
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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