While the Principles for Diversity-Competent Group Workers (ASGW, 1999) provides some guidelines for working with diversity, these standards can at times be confusing and some people might find it overwhelming, given that the principles are not really providing much more than just guidelines and not much structure nor examples on how the a group leader can become culturally competence in leading multicultural counseling groups.
The Association for Specialist in Group Work (ASGW) a division of the American Counseling Association, who specializes in group therapy, identifies four different types of groups.
When CACREP-accredited counseling programs were assessed for compliance to the Association for Specialists in Group Work's (ASGW, 1991) group work training standards, all programs reported that they provided core training in group work, and nearly all (96%) reported that they offered a specialization in counseling groups (Wilson, Conyne, & Ward, 1994).
To minimize the occurrence of conflict of interest, the ASGW (1991) ethical guidelines recommended that special attention be given to dual relationships when using an experiential group component in training.
Our faculty believes that our current approach to developing group counseling skills meets the expectations of the CACREP standards and addresses the ASGW call for specialist training.
This outcome assessment should focus on students' knowledge and skill competencies outlined in the guidelines established by the ASGW. Students should use self-assessment for evaluating their own skills and knowledge competencies.