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The Counseling Psychologist

The Counseling Psychologist

2017 Impact Factor: 1.348
2017 Ranking: 54/82 in Psychology, Applied
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Lydia P. Buki University of Miami, USA

eISSN: 15523861 | ISSN: 00110000 | Current volume: 46 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: 8 Times/Year
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The Counseling Psychologist (TCP) focuses on timely topics in a diversity of areas such as multiculturalism, prevention and intervention, research methods, vocational psychology, assessment, international counseling, health, social justice, and training and supervision.

For more than 40 years, TCP has helped to define the field and expand its boundaries by promoting a strength-based, developmental, and contextual perspective. Previous article topics have been oriented around the following subject areas:

  • Acculturation
  • Assessment
  • Cross-Cultural Competency
  • Discrimination/Prejudice
  • Ethics
  • Ethnicity and Race
  • Gender Issues
  • Health Disparities
  • International Counseling and Research
  • Mechanisms of Coping
  • Multiculturalism
  • Prevention and Intervention
  • Research Methods
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Social Justice
  • Training and Supervision
  • Vocational Psychology

The Counseling Psychologist brings you current information on important events and progress in the field through a variety of features that include:

Major Contributions: Concentrate on current subjects related to the science and practice of counseling psychology.
Articles: Explore a broad range of topics, from professional issues to integrative reviews, including historical articles as well as articles on diverse populations and international perspectives.
Division 17: Highlights activities and awards.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The Counseling Psychologist is the official publication of the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of the American Psychological Association. Articles focus on the theory, research, and practice of counseling psychology. In addition, the journal has two forums, the International Forum and the Legacies and Tradition Forum, which highlight scholarship involving international populations and document the history of the field of counseling psychology, respectively.

Associate Editors
Cindy L. Juntunen University of North Dakota, USA
V. Paul Poteat Boston College, USA
Michael J. Scheel University of Nebraska, USA
Meifen Wei Iowa State University, USA
Forum Editor - International
Ruth Chu-Lien Chao University of Denver, USA
Forum Editor - Legacies and Traditions
Helen A. Neville University of Illinois, USA
Editorial Assistant
Jessica Schwartz University of Miami, USA
Administrative Assistant
Samantha F. Lang University of Miami, USA
Editorial Board
Ignacio David Acevedo-Polakovich Michigan State University, USA
Hector Y. Adames The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USA
Blake A. Allan Purdue University, USA
Dionne S. Coker-Appiah Georgetown University, USA
M. Meghan Davidson University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA
Rosalyn D. Davis Indiana University Kokomo, USA
Sheila Frankfurt Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, USA
Patrick R. Grzanka University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA
William E. Hanson University of Alberta, Canada
Candice N. Hargons University of Kentucky, USA
Nadia T. Hasan Texas Woman’s University, USA
Bernadette D. Heckman University of Georgia, USA
Mary Ann Hoffman University of Maryland, USA
Bong Joo Hwang Arizona State University, USA
Dawn Michelle Johnson University of Akron, USA
Nicole L. Johnson Lehigh University, USA
Shaheen Ashraf Kagee Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Danielle Keenan-Miller University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Paul Y. Kim Seattle Pacific University, USA
Julia M. Koch Oklahoma State University, USA
Hang-Shim Lee Oklahoma State University, USA
Christopher T. H. Liang Lehigh University, USA
Kelly Yu-Hsin Liao Cleveland State University, USA
Lisa M. McAndrew University at Albany, USA
Melissa L. Morgan Consoli University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Rhea L. Owens University of North Dakota, USA
Jeeseon Park-Saltzman The Ohio State University, USA
Delishia M. Pittman The George Washington University, USA
Brandi L. Pritchett-Johnson University of Florida, USA
Ashley K. Randall Arizona State University, USA
Geneva Reynaga-Abiko California Polytechnic State University, USA
Zully A. Rivera-Ramos University of Florida, USA
Sharon Scales Rostosky University of Kentucky, USA
Christopher D. Slaten University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Alisia Giac-Thao Tran Arizona State University, USA
Erlanger A. Turner University of Houston-Downtown, USA
Femina P. Varghese University of Central Arkansas, USA
Brandon L. Velez Teachers College, Columbia University, USA
Ingrid K. Weigold The University of Akron, USA
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  • The Counseling Psychologist publishes several types of conceptual and empirical articles related to counseling psychology. Manuscripts on all topics relevant to counseling psychologists are welcome and will be considered. Authors may also wish to refer to the Editor’s vision statement regarding current and future directions for the Journal.


    Regular Manuscripts include conceptual articles and empirical reports of research with U.S. samples.These manuscripts should be no more than 35 pages in length (including references, tables, and figures). For manuscripts that describe mixed-methods studies, qualitative studies, multi-study instrument development, and the like that may require more pages may be granted additional manuscript space. For these types of manuscripts, please contact the editor before submission to discuss the amount of additional pages that are needed.

    International Forum manuscripts promote international scholarship in counseling psychology. Submissions to this forum include manuscripts reporting on (a) research with international samples collected outside of the U.S., (b) professional practice in international settings, (c) research conducted in the U.S. with international samples, (d) cross-cultural investigations, and (e) conceptual issues related to the internationalization of counseling psychology. All submissions that report on international samples or on issues related to the internationalization of counseling psychology should be submitted through this Forum. These manuscripts have a limit of 35 pages in length (including references, tables, and figures). For manuscripts that describe mixed-methods studies, qualitative studies, multi-study instrument development, and the like that may require more pages may be granted additional manuscript space. For these types of manuscripts, please contact the editor before submission to discuss the amount of additional pages that are needed.

    If studies are conducted in a language different from English, authors should report on the translation process, including (a) whether the translation involved a back translation, (b) the qualifications and/or training of the translators, (c) the relationships between the translators and the manuscript authors as well as the translators’ roles in the study, and (d) the areas (e.g., measures, data, presentation of results) that were translated. We strongly encourage (although we do not require) that, after translation, these manuscripts be proofread to enhance their readability.

    Major Contributions that focus on a unifying theme are one of the hallmarks of The Counseling Psychologist. Introduced in 1969 by John Whiteley, the basic format is to have one or more manuscripts constituting a Major Contribution on a single topic, in some cases followed by reaction manuscripts from a diverse group of colleagues to stimulate additional thought. The complete submission, whether consisting of one or more manuscripts, including references, can range from 70 to 120 pages. There is no limit on the page length for each manuscript; however, the entire submission should not exceed 120 pages. Given the manuscript length of Major Contributions, authors may first submit a Major Contribution Proposal that is approximately 25 pages in length (see details regarding how to organize the Proposal below). Also, we encourage authors to consult with the Editor, Lydia P. Buki, prior to submitting a Major Contribution Proposal. If the proposal is approved, full-length manuscripts are subsequently developed and reviewed.

    Major Contributions are conceptual, empirical, and methodological contributions to research, practice, and/or training activities of interest to counseling psychologists. Critical literature reviews are encouraged. We encourage authors to submit a package of shorter manuscripts to this Forum. For example, the lead manuscript might be primarily a conceptual manuscript, with the next two manuscripts providing empirical support for some part of the conceptual model identified in the first manuscript. A fourth manuscript might build on the other three manuscripts by discussing practice implications. Collectively, the package of manuscripts in such a submission would integrate theory, science, and practice. Whether through one extended manuscript or a package of shorter manuscripts, the best Major Contributions will explicitly (a) integrate theory, practice, and science; (b) address major societal problems; (c) discuss implications for specific populations; and (d) establish a historical context for the Major Contribution.

    Reactions/Rejoinders to Major Contributions (Invitation only)

    Legacies and Traditions Forum (Invitation only) documents the personal and professional lives of early pioneers whose work has shaped our profession. Each manuscript represents an oral history of the profession. Pioneers must be at least 60 years of age and have made major contributions to the field of counseling psychology through science and/or practice activities.

    In Memoriam (Invitation only) submissions honor the lives of those psychologists who have made significant contributions to counseling psychology. Past presidents of Division 17 and Leona Tyler Award winners are all recognized. Selection of distinguished past contributors is on a case-by-case basis, with assistance from an advisory committee composed of the past president, president, and president-elect of the society.


    • Manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition (APA, 2010). They should be double-spaced and formatted for 8.5 x 11 paper, and be free of any comments or track changes. We strongly encourage authors to review our proofing checklist prior to submission.

    • Please submit manuscripts electronically at: Authors will be asked to set up an online account in the SAGETRACK system, powered by ScholarOne.

    • Documents should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents. They should not be converted to PDF format.

    • Authors are advised to use language that is free from sexist, racist, or ethnic bias; heterosexism; bias toward people with disabilities; ageism; and other kinds of biases. Use of his/her is not recommended. Authors should use gender neutral terminology whenever appropriate.

    • When submitting manuscripts, authors should be sure to remove any identifying information in the manuscript for a proper masked review. This includes removing names, professional affiliations, and references to specific geographic locations. In addition, authors should remove any reference to institutional affiliations. For example, the specific name of the institution granting IRB approval, or the name of a collaborating agency where data were collected, should not appear in the submission. Authors should also remove any citations, along with the corresponding references, to manuscripts that have not yet been published (i.e., “in press” or “under review”). Submitting authors can enter a placeholder (e.g., “Citation removed for masked peer review, in press”) for these citations. However, no placeholder should be included in the references. Authors do not need to remove citations or references for articles they have authored that have already been published. Authors should ensure that there is no other context provided in the paper that could help the reader identify who they are.

    • Please be sure to enter all manuscript authors and institutions, including student authors and their institutions, when submitting through ScholarOne.

    Major Contribution Proposals

    Major Contribution proposals consist of three sections prepared in accordance to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (APA, 2010) guidelines.

    OVERVIEW (Section I)

    • A one-paragraph description of the Major Contribution.

    • Specific goals of the Major Contribution.

    • A one-paragraph description of the proposed structure of the Major Contribution. The complete submission, whether consisting of one or more manuscripts, including references, can range from 70 to 120 pages. Concise manuscripts are valued.

    • Specify the amount of time needed to prepare the proposed Major Contribution.

    SUMMARY (Section II)

    • Summary of the proposed manuscript(s) that constitute the Major Contribution (approximately 10 pages). The purpose of this section is to allow the author(s) to provide specific details about the proposed structure and content of the proposal discussed in Section I. Inclusion of some citations is encouraged.

    REFERENCES (Section III)

    • Listing of the references used in Sections I and II.


    • Authors are expected to adhere to the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2010) in conducting all phases of their investigation and manuscript preparation. Specifically, the ethics of research and publication are mentioned in Standard 8: Research and Publication. The APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) has sections relevant to the ethics of publication on pp. 13-16. Authors are also encouraged to review the APA Open Letter to Authors for APA Journals at

    • It is important that all ethical issues with regard to treatment of research participants be carefully examined and actions taken in accordance with the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2010).

    • It is important that every person who contributed to the project is acknowledged in the Author Notes, in accordance with APA policy, or is listed as an author.

    • Authors are expected to report data and results that are both honest and accurate.

    • Submitting a previously published manuscript for review and submitting the same manuscript to multiple journals at the same time is prohibited.

    • Piecemeal or fragmented publications that form a single study are discouraged unless there is a clear benefit to the scientific community by publishing findings separately. When reporting from a large data set with previously written reports, the current submission must include references to each written report and make clear the degree of sample overlap across them. In all cases where there are multiple reports from the data set included in a present submission, authors should inform the editor as well as explicitly note the nature of multiple reports with their submission.

    • Authors submitting manuscripts are protected by common law against the unauthorized use of their unpublished work.

    • Reviewers are required to destroy the manuscript after their review is completed, and are prohibited from referring to the unpublished work in any way.

    • Authors are required to confirm they followed all ethical guidelines when submitting a manuscript.


    Log in to ScholarOne or create an account at:


    • Choose manuscript type from the drop-down menu.

    • Type Manuscript Title. Titles should not include abbreviations and must be no more than 12 words.

    • Type your abstract. Abstracts are limited to 150 words.


    • Choose at least three (maximum of five) keywords from the drop down menu.


    • Enter ALL manuscript authors and institutions. This includes all authors on each manuscript of a major contribution and student authors.


    • Type (or attach) a required cover letter.

    • Answer all required ethical questions.


    • Upload a masked main manuscript document (required). All identifying information about the author(s) must be eliminated. This includes, but is not limited to, authors’ names, institutions, professional affiliations, and specific geographic location. Further, references to articles “in press” or “under review” written by one of the authors should be eliminated from the primary document and from the Reference section. Instead, in the body of the manuscript, indicate “Author Citation” and do not include the reference for the work in press or under review in the Reference section.

    • Upload a separate title page with identifying author and institution information (required).

    • Optional additional documents may include a separate table, figure, or image. If more than three files are uploaded, ScholarOne will provide an option to upload additional documents.


    • Review the information provided to ensure that it has been entered correctly and that all required fields have been completed.

    • Submit the manuscript information.

    • You will receive an automated e-mail from ScholarOne indicating that the submission has been received.

    For additional information, ScholarOne provides assistance to authors at:

    Inquiries can be addressed to Lydia P. Buki, Editor, via e-mail ( or telephone (305-284-2230).


    American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.


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