Editor's Update - November 28, 2021

I would like to announce the retirement of Dr. Mark Nelson, editor and founder of the Journal of School Counseling. Dr. Nelson saw a need for a journal in which to disseminate information and research unique to the needs and service of school counselors. His dedication to the development of future school counselors and to the dissemination of information associated with school counseling is greatly appreciated. He will be truly missed by all who had the opportunity to be taught by or to work with him.  

Mark and I are so grateful to all of you who have supported the Journal of School Counseling by submitting your work or volunteering your time as reviewers. Thank you!! 

- Dr. Dawn S. Tarabochia

About the Journal of School Counseling (JSC)

The Journal of School Counseling (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.

JSC announces the inclusion of a new journal section: Resource Briefs.

Resource Briefs presents current practices and research on concepts, strategies, or activities that school counselors may use to deliver their school counseling programs. These articles are brief (12 pages or less, excluding references) and are meant to be introductions to topics, research, and practices that provide immediate relevance and applicability to school counselors.

In addition, the journal continues to offer the following interest 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, special education, funding issues, and social issues faced by children and adolescents.

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 35% during the 2012-17 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.