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Journal of School Counseling (JSC)

The JSC is dedicated to publishing articles that promote the effective practice of school counseling. The mission of the journal is to promote a community of scholarship that includes the thoughts, practices, and research of school counselors and counselor educators from throughout the nation. It is our belief that this journal reflects the wisdom and best practices of professional school counselors who are practicing in the schools, as well as the cutting edge research and ideas of counselor educators who are training future counselors.

The journal is comprised of four primary sections.

Innovative Methods includes thorough descriptions of techniques, strategies, skills, and activities that have been developed and/or implemented by counselors in elementary, middle, and high schools. We invite you to submit your “best practices” and to tell others why they are particularly effective.

Theory & Research hosts a variety of manuscripts, both qualitative and quantitative, that describe original research as well as literature reviews on topics pertaining to school counseling.

Professional Development primarily describes, through manuscripts and position papers, ways in which school counselors can continue to cultivate and enhance their professional identities. Training strategies for school counseling students as well as continuing education for experienced counselors will be highlighted.

Current Issues features manuscripts and position papers that detail contemporary issues affecting schools and school counselors. Authors are invited to explore topics such as charter schools, No Child Left Behind, funding issues, and social issues faced by children and adolescents.

The JSC is a national, peer reviewed journal. We strive to publish high quality, progressive articles that are pertinent and rigorously reviewed. We invite the application of new review board members and encourage students, counselors, and counselor educators to submit manuscripts. The acceptance rate for JSC was 34% during the 2012-14 academic years. As an online journal, submission and review of manuscripts are handled electronically.

In today’s world, replete with ever changing political, social, and economic conditions, it is important to remain informed and active. This journal serves as a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas and practices that will best serve the children in our nation’s schools.

Notice to Authors

Manuscripts will be accepted between September 1 and March 23, 2018. Thank you for your contributions to the Journal of School Counseling.

Authors, please read and follow the instructions in “Guidelines for Authors” and please note the new requirement to send two copies of your manuscript: one complete and one without any identifying information.

     Mark Nelson and Dawn Tarabochia, Editors