Professional Issues in Counseling

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Professional Issues in Counseling is an on-line journal supported by the Department of Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University. The journal publishes manuscripts that report, synthesize, review or analyze scholarly inquiry on current professional issues in the field of counseling. The Editors invite counselor educators, supervisors, practitioners, and counseling students to submit manuscripts regarding current professional issues in counseling.


Dr. Jeffery Sullivan, Assistant Professor
Sam Houston State University

Call for Manuscripts / Publication Guidelines

Professional Issues in Counseling is now accepting manuscripts to be published in the 2020 issue year. Upon submission, manuscripts will undergo a review process with our board of professional reviewers and feedback will be provided in roughly four weeks. Professional Issues in Counseling is sponsored by the Department of Counselor Education at Sam Houston State University and encourages the submission of manuscripts exploring the following themes and topics:

  • Counselor Education
  • Ethics
  • Gender Issues
  • Group Counseling
  • Health
  • Human Development
  • Interventions/Techniques
  • Leadership
  • Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy
  • Modern Counseling Modalities
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Professional Development
  • Religion/Spirituality
  • School Counseling
  • Sexuality
  • Supervision
  • Theories
  • The Therapeutic Relationship
  • Trauma

Additional topics related to the practice of the counseling profession will be considered.

Professional Issues in Counseling aims to provide a platform for counseling students to present new research and developments in the field, with the inclusion of non-statistically significant research, provided that this research is supported by sound methodology. Counselors and counselor educators are also welcome to submit manuscripts for review. Below are the submission guidelines:

All articles should follow The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) Sixth Edition format. If an individual is from a country other than the United States and is unfamiliar with this publication style, the editors will assist the author in formatting the manuscript in APA style if the manuscript is accepted for publication. APA style must be followed as closely as possible; this includes indentations, spacing, and the insertion of graphics, tables, and graphs.

Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, titled, and approximately 1200 to 3000 words in length.

Submissions should be previously unpublished and not under consideration by another publication.

Manuscripts should include an author note that includes the name and university affiliation and role of each author. The author note should also include correspondence information such as the affiliated university’s physical address and email of the first author.

Researchers will submit a de-identified copy for review in addition to the original manuscript.

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

We appreciate your interest in Professional Issues in Counseling and look forward to receiving your submission.