|Journal Author Submission Guidelines|
Guidelines for Authors
The Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) publishes articles on all aspects of practice, theory, professionalism, and research related to clinical mental health counseling. The American Mental Health Counselors Association consists of clinical mental health counselors (MHCs), educators and supervisors of MHCs, and researchers interested in advancing knowledge and practice in mental health. Therefore, articles should include a detailed discussion of implications for clinical mental health practice.
The JMHC is divided into four sections: Practice, Theory, Professional Exchange, and Research. Although separate descriptions follow, overlaps between sections may naturally occur.
PracticeMHCs work in a variety of clinical settings with diverse client populations. Cutting-edge strategies and techniques as well as innovative applications of established clinical practices are emphasized in this section. Critical analyses of the existing literature and descriptive application of clinical approaches, strategies, and techniques are essential.
TheoryExplication of theoretical constructs and their application in clinical mental health practice are the emphasis of this section. Theoretical articles must be well grounded in the existing conceptual and empirical literature, delineate implications for practice, and provide illustrative applications (e.g., case studies).
Professional ExchangeThis section allows for dialogue among MHCs regarding dilemmas, challenges, divergent perspectives, and other emergent topics relevant to clinical mental health counseling. Points of view should demonstrate an understanding of historical precedents and opposing viewpoints, be grounded in the professional literature, and provide well constructed arguments.
This section provides MHCs with information related to empirically supported best practices, evidenced-based approaches, and new developments in clinical mental health counseling. JMHC accepts for publication both qualitative and quantitative studies. Thorough support for the research should be provided through a detailed literature review. Manuscripts should also clearly delineate the research questions and methodology (i.e., description of the participants, IRB approval, variables and instruments, and data analyses). For quantitative studies of evidence-based treatments, methodologies that allow for comparisons among treatments and control for threats to validity will be given priority consideration. For quantitative manuscripts, authors should report effect sizes; reporting confidence intervals can also be helpful. Authors must describe the clinical significance of the results. All research manuscripts should include implications for professional MHC practice and future research.
Manuscripts should be prepared in accord with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). In accordance with these guidelines and those specific to JMHC, manuscripts should adhere to the following requirements:
All manuscripts are reviewed anonymously. Therefore, authors must take particular care to conceal their identities within the manuscript in order to ensure a blind review. Please adhere to the following steps:
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