The Counseling Psychologist

The Counseling Psychologist

2014 Impact Factor: 1.252
2014 Ranking: 37/76 in Psychology, Applied
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Lydia P. Buki University of Miami, USA

eISSN: 15523861| ISSN: 00110000|Current volume: 43|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 Division of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of the American Psychological Association. Each issue includes a major article or set of articles on a specific theme of importance to the theory, research, and practice of counseling psychology. In addition, articleas appear in the Forums that address professional issues, methodological and theoretical issues, and comments on previous publications in the journal.

Associate Editors
Cindy L. Juntunen University of North Dakota, USA
Michael Mobley On Leave
V. Paul Poteat Boston College, USA
Michael J. Scheel University of Nebraska, USA
Meifen Wei Iowa State University, USA
Forum Editor - International
Meifen Wei Iowa State University, USA
Forum Editor - Legacies and Traditions
Helen A. Neville University of Illinois, USA
Editorial Assistant
Kari A. Weiterschan University of Miami, USA
Administrative Assistant
Samantha F. Lang University of Miami
Editorial Board
Consuelo Arbona University of Houston, USA
Gonzalo Bacigalupe University of Massachusetts, USA
Jason Burrow-Sanchez University of Utah, USA
Ruth Chu-Lien Chao University of Denver, USA
Shannon Chavez-Korell University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Hsiu-Lan Cheng New Mexico State University, USA
Ayse Çiftçi Purdue University, USA
Frank R. Dillon University at Albany, USA
Patton O. Garriott University of Denver, USA
Mary Ann Hoffman University of Maryland, USA
Melissa K. Holt Boston University, USA
Joshua N. Hook University of North Texas, USA
Aaron P. Jackson Brigham Young University, USA
Neeta Kantamneni University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Debbiesiu L. Lee University of Miami, USA
Melanie E. Leuty University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Jioni A. Lewis University of Tennessee-Knoxville, USA
Christopher T.H. Liang Lehigh University, USA
Hsin-Ya Liao Washington State University, USA
Christopher MacKinnon McGill University, USA
Laurie "Lali" D. McCubbin Washington State University, USA
Timothy P. Melchert Marquette University, USA
Joseph R. Miles The University of Tennessee, USA
Megan Foley Nicpon The University of Iowa, USA
Tiffany A. O’Shaughnessy San Francisco State University, USA
Rhea Owens University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, USA
William D. Parham Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles, CA, USA
Patrick Possel University of Louisville, USA
Joseph Rath Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, USA
Robert J. Reese University of Kentucky, USA
Robbie J. Steward Stephen F. Austin State University, USA
Moin Syed University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA
Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Ma. Teresa G. Tuason University of North Florida, USA
Kenneth T. Wang Fuller Theological Seminary, USA
Sherry C. Wang University of Southern Mississippi, USA
Elizabeth Nutt Williams St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA
Susan S. Woodhouse Lehigh University, USA
Shuangmei Christine Zhou University of California, Berkeley, 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). Reports of qualitative research projects may be up to 40 pages in length (including references, tables, and figures).

    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). Reports of qualitative research projects may be up to 40 pages in length (including references, tables, and figures).

    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, followed by reaction manuscripts from a diverse group of colleagues to stimulate additional thought. 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.

    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.
    • 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 blind 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.
    • 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 3 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 manuscript, 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.

    Major Contributions

    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 (20-25 pages each) 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.


    • 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.


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


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