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April 12, 2013

Salazar named fellow of Association for Specialists in Group Work

COMMERCE — Carmen F. Salazar, Ph.D., professor of Counseling in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). The election to Fellow status in ASGW is intended to recognize extraordinary efforts of an individual on behalf of the association, and/or extraordinary professional achievements compatible with and enhancing to the purposes of the association.  Salazar was presented the honor on March 23 at the annual conference of the American Counseling Association in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving as keynote speaker for the ASGW Fellows Symposium.  

Salazar’s research focuses on multicultural awareness and group counseling. Her first book, “Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Multicultural Activities: A Guide to Diversity-Competent Choosing, Planning,” Conducting, and Processing, collected concrete examples of how group leaders might expand the cultural awareness of themselves and their group members. A second book, “Social Justice in Group Work: Practical Interventions for Change,” identified methods group leaders can use to facilitate group members’ empowerment. She is currently working on a third book on diversity and group work, adding to an already substantial list of more than 90 journal articles and national presentations. In 2011 she was awarded the Group Work Practice Award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Salazar’s service to ASGW includes the association’s executive board (2009-2012), editorial board (2007-2010) of the Journal for Specialists in Group Work (JSGW), and guest co-editor of two special issues of JSGW on social justice in group work.

Founded in 1973, the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) is one of 19 divisions of the American Counseling Association (ACA), which has a membership of around 50,000. ASGW is among the largest professional organizations in the world dedicated to group counseling.  The association’s purposes include: establish standards for professional and ethical group practice, support research and the dissemination of knowledge related to group work, and provide leadership and training in group specialties. For more information on ASGW, visit www.asgw.org.

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