The purpose of VASGW is to serve as advocates for group counseling, model standards for professional and ethical practice, disseminate knowledge, and to provide leadership in the field of group work. In addition, the Association seeks to provide a forum for examining innovative and developing concepts in group work, to foster diversity and dignity in groups, provide opportunities for professional collaboration, and to be models of effective group practice.

VASGW’s charter was issued on April 14, 1976. Thirty-five Virginians successfully petitioned the Association of Specialists in Group Work at the American Personnel and Guidance Association conference in Chicago to grant a charter to a state division in Virginia.

The Virginia Association for Specialists in Group Work is led by:

Terri Mason, PhD               T. Mason 2015 2016

Immediate Past President:

Tatyana Cottle, PhD     

Haliana Banas-Jones       

Kris Griswold                      Kris

Webpage Curator:
Ryann Laden and Terri Mason