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The Family Journal

Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families


Editor
Stephen Southern Mississippi College, USA

eISSN: 15523950| ISSN: 10664807|Current volume: 23|Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The Family Journal advances the theory, research and practice of counseling with couples and families from a family systems perspective. Edited by Stephen Southern, the journal provides groundbreaking, innovative scholarship for counseling researchers, educators and practitioners.

The most diverse coverage available

To help you keep pace with the field, The Family Journal blends theory, research and practice in each issue. In addition to articles reporting the latest and most important research, the journal also features multiple columns that provide a wide variety of content, focusing on how to make interventions from a systemic perspective. Regularly featured sections include: Ethics Literature Reviews Case Consultation Interviews with leaders in family therapy Counselor Training Techniques To Share Book and Video Reviews.

To help you keep pace with the field, blends theory, research and practice in each issue. In addition to articles reporting the latest and most important research, the journal also features multiple columns that provide a wide variety of content, focusing on how to make interventions from a systemic perspective. Regularly featured sections include: Ethics Literature Reviews Case Consultation Interviews with leaders in family therapy Counselor Training Techniques To Share Book and Video Reviews.

Who will benefit from The Family Journal?

Anyone involved with counseling and therapy for couples and families today faces pressing challenges. The Family Journal is a reliable, comprehensive resource that serves the needs of a wide audience: For researchers, up-to-date articles in both empirical research and conceptual scholarship, plus reviews of recent literature. For educators, the latest research and theory keeps coursework current, in addition to articles focusing on counselor training. For practitioners, articles include implications for practice, plus a regular section on practical ideas and tips.

To contact The Family Journal editorial office, please write to FamilyJournal@mc.edu.

The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families is the official journal of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC). The purpose of the journal is to advance the theory, research, and practice of counseling with couples and families from a family systems perspective.

Ethics Section Edition
Bret Hendricks Texas Tech University, USA
Editor
Stephen Southern Mississippi College, USA
Section Editors
Mary Kay Nieponski  
Jill D. Duba Western Kentucky University
Bret Hendricks Texas Tech University, USA
Kent Becker University of Wyoming
Thomas W. Blume Oakland University
Maureen Duffy Miami Shores, Florida
Daniel Eckstein Sam Houston State University
Karen Eriksen Eriksen Institute for Ethics
Joshua M. Gold University of South Carolina, Columbia
Larry Golden University of Texas at San Antonio
Martin Jencius Kent State University, Ohio
Roy M. Kern Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Vaughn S. Millner University of South Alabama
Alex O. Miranda Florida Atlantic University
Paul R. Peluso Florida Atlantic University
Lia Softas-Nall University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, Colorado
Len Sperry Florida Atlantic University
Richard E. Watts Sam Houston State University
Editorial Board
Kent Becker University of Wyoming
James Robert Bitter East Tennessee State University, USA
Thomas W. Blume Oakland University
Rochelle Cade University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Julia Champe Southern Illinois University
R. Rocco Cottone University of Missouri, St Louis
Stacy Cretzmeyer Murrells Inlet, SC
Judith A Crews Idaho State University
Daniel R. Cruikshanks Heidelberg College
James M. Devlin Seattle Pacific University
Jill D. Duba Western Kentucky University
Maureen P. Duffy Miami Shores, Florida
Daniel Eckstein Sam Houston State University
Phyllis Erdman Washington State University, USA
Karen Eriksen Eriksen Institute for Ethics
Hurol Fisilogu Ankara, Turkey
Victoria Foster College of William and Mary
Barry G Ginsberg The Center of Relationship Enhancement
Joshua M. Gold University of South Carolina, Columbia
Larry Golden University of Texas at San Antonio
Bernard G Guerney, Jr North Bethesda, MD
Bret Hendricks Texas Tech University, USA
Max Hines Northwestern Health Science University
Lisa Hooper The University of Alabama
Debra K. Huntley Argosy University
Martin Jencius Kent State University, Ohio
Karin B Jordan The University of Akron
Gabe Keri Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Roy M. Kern Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Aaron Kindsvatter Western Kentucky University
David M. Kleist Idaho State University
Amy Lew Family Institute of Cambridge
Krista Malott Villanova University
Ronald Marshall University of the West Indies- St. Augustine
Charles R McAdams III College of William and Mary
Patrick R. McGrath National Louis University
Lynn Miller University of British Colombia
Vaughn S. Millner University of South Alabama
Alex O. Miranda Florida Atlantic University
A. Zaidy Mohdzain Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau
Jose D. Morfa Madrid, Spain
William A. Mosier Wright State University School of Medicine - Dayton, Ohio
Christine Murray Hodges University
Paul Peluso Florida Atlantic University
Glenda Phillips Reynolds Auburn University at Montgomery
Joseph C. Rotter University of South Carolina, USA
Kelli A. Saginak University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Thomas R. Scofield University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Francis P. Segedin University of South Carolina, Columbia
James Sells Regent University
Tammy Shaffer Western Kentucky University
David Shepard California State University, Fullerton
Carl J Sheperis Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
Audra Skukauskaite University of Texas at Brownsville
Jane Coe Smith Pocatello, ID
Lia Softas-Nall University of Northern Colorado - Greeley, Colorado
Catherine Sori Governor's State University
Jon Sperry Florida Atlantic University
Len Sperry Florida Atlantic University
Sally A St. George University of Calgary, Canada
Anne L. Stewart James Madison University, Harrisonburg
Fred E. Stickle Western Kentucky University
Tracy A. Stinchfield Idaho State University
Olga Sutherland University of Guelph
Richard E. Watts Sam Houston State University
Mark S. Woodford The College of New Jersey
Fangzhou Yu Mississippi College, USA
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  • OVERVIEW

    The Family Journal invites articles concerned with theory, research, and practice in counseling with couples and families. Research manuscripts include quantitative, qualitative, and evaluation designs. Descriptive articles may include current issues, innovative methods, and professional concerns.

    Originality
    All manuscripts are the original work of the authors, have not been published, and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. In the event of publication, The Family Journal retains copyright ownership. For any extensive quotation (more than 500 words) used in the manuscript, authors must obtain a letter of permission for its use and submit a copy of that letter with the manuscript. Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, and figures.

    Client Anonymity
    Client anonymity must be protected in all manuscripts. Authors should avoid all identifying information in describing clients and their personal histories.

    Review Process
    All manuscripts will be sent for initial review to three members of the Editorial Board. Reviewers’ comments are sent to authors. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous throughout the review process. Generally, authors can expect within 6 months a decision regarding publication. Prior to publication, authors will receive a copy of the edited article for final approval.

    Submission of Manuscripts
    Authors submit online their manuscripts as an e-mail attachment to FamilyJournal@mc.edu. The e-mail will function as the cover letter.

    STYLE

    Manuscripts
    We prefer manuscripts that are 20 pages or less in length, double-spaced, using guidelines from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th or latest edition), and saved in Microsoft Word (97 or later version). There should be separate pages for the title page, abstract, references, and any tables or figures. Use tables and figures sparingly, including only essential data. Combine tables whenever possible. All information identifying the author should appear only on the title page. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) will be used to evaluate and edit manuscripts. Authors should carefully prepare and proofread their manuscripts. Insure agreement of citations and references. Avoid technical terminology, jargon, and acronyms. Demonstrate multicultural sensitivity and competency through thoughtful applications and examples. Authors should reduce bias in language against persons based on gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, disability, and age. Headings and subheadings should be used to organize the paper. All titles should be as brief and meaningful as possible. Limit use of footnotes and appendices. Since the journal uses a masked or anonymous reviewing system, please omit all citations, references, footnotes, and other information pertaining to the authors’ identities or affiliations. All manuscripts should conform to the ethical codes of the American Counseling Association and International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

    Cover Letter
    Prepare a cover letter in the e-mail to accompany the manuscript. Include all authors’ names and affiliations to avoid potential conflicts of interest. Clarify funding and special circumstances in an author note. Provide accurate addresses and phone numbers, as well as e-mail addresses and fax numbers, to facilitate the review process. Indicate in your cover letter how the proposed article could inform the membership of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, as well as clinicians and researchers in diverse settings. We would like to receive manuscripts from professionals working in countries outside the USA. We can accept manuscripts written in other languages if the author provides an English translation.

    EDITOR

    Stephen Southern, Editor, The Family Journal Editorial Office, Mississippi College, Department of Psychology & Counseling, Box 4013, 200 S, Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39058

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider utilizing the services of SPi, a non-affiliated company that offers Professional Editing Services to authors of journal articles in the areas of science, technology, medicine or the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors with a primary language other than English. Visit http://www.prof-editing.com for more information about SPi’s Professional Editing Services, pricing, and turn-around times, or to obtain a free quote or submit a manuscript for language polishing.

    Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. An author’s use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and SPi, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.

    SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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