Journal of Mental Health Counseling

 

AMHCA's leading publication, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, can be found at www.amhcajournal.org. 


Aims and Scope
The quarterly Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) provides clinical mental health counselors and researchers with practical knowledge and illuminating background from in-depth research on clinical studies and counseling practice. Published since 1978, JMHC articles address all aspects of practice, theory, professionalism, research, and neuroscience related to clinical mental health counseling.


Practice
Mental health counselors (MHCs) work in a variety of clinical settings with diverse client populations. This section emphasizes cutting-edge strategies and techniques as well as innovative applications of established clinical practices. Articles provide critical analyses of the existing literature and descriptive application of clinical approaches, strategies, and techniques.

Theory
Explication 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 Exchange
This section allows for dialogue among MHCs regarding dilemmas, challenges, divergent perspectives, and other emergent topics relevant to clinical mental health counseling.

Research
This section addresses empirically supported best practices, evidence-based approaches, and new developments in clinical mental health counseling. Articles include implications for professional mental health counseling practice and future research.


Neuroscience-Informed Counseling
The goal of theNeuroscience-Informed Counseling section is to increase scholarship related to neuroscience-informed counseling by providing a dedicated space for academic discourse. This section provides clinical MHCs with an opportunity to enhance clinical training and practice in a brain-based era of mental health and wellness. In order to accomplish this goal, we have outlined several objectives for the section:

  • Provide a dedicated space for neuroscience manuscripts in the counseling field.
  • Identify clinical outcomes in an era of neuroscience.
  • Generate and evaluate new theories and techniques of clinical mental health counseling grounded in neuroscience principles.
  • Replicate and validate existing psychotherapy research within a counseling framework.
  • Increase exposure to the research domain criteria in the counseling field.
  • Create an independent body of neuroscience-informed counseling literature.


Publication Schedule

JMHC is published quarterly (January, April, July, and October). Occasionally, issues are dedicated to articles on specific topics (special issues). Any current calls for special issues are available in the JMHC publication and website.

 

Masked Peer Review Policy

All submissions are initially reviewed by the Editor. Manuscripts not deemed suitable for JMHC are rejected without further review. All other manuscripts are sent out for peer review. JMHC employs a double-masked peer review policy, and authors should attempt to conceal all identifying information in the manuscript. The title page will be masked by the Editor prior to peer review.

 

Ethical Statement

JMHC is committed to the ethical guidelines for research outlined in the 7th edition APA Publication Manual (https://apastyle.apa.org/) and the AMHCA Code of Ethics (https://www.amhca.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=24a27502-196e-b763-ff57-490a12f7edb1&forceDialog=0).




Editorial Board

Editor

Ingrid K. Weigold, Ph.D.
The University of Akron
USA

Associate Co-Editors
Neuroscience-Informed Counseling
Thomas A. Field, Ph.D.
Oregon State University
USA

Raissa Miller, Ph.D.
Boise State University
USA


Associate Editor
Research

Chad Luke, Ph.D.
St. Bonaventure University
USA


Associate Co-Editors
Theory and Practice
Sean B. Hall, Ph.D.
Florida Gulf Coast University
USA

Shedeh Tavakoli, Ph.D.
Northeastern Illinois University
USA


Editorial Board
Michael P. Accordino, Ed.D.
Springfield College
USA

Annette Albrecht, Ph.D.
Tarleton State University (Retiree)
USA

Scott Baker, Ph.D.
Kent State University
USA

Caitlyn M. Bennett, Ph.D.
Rollins College
USA

Taheera N. Blount, Ph.D.
North Carolina Central University
USA

Michael D. Brubaker, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
USA

Zach Budesa, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
USA

Kristy L. Carlisle, Ph.D.
Old Dominion University
USA

Cody Christopherson, Ph.D.
Southern Oregon University
USA

Allison Crowe, Ph.D.
East Carolina University
USA

Tonya C. Davis, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
USA

Cort Dorn-Medeiros, Ph.D.
Lewis & Clark College
USA

Deborah L. Duenyas, Ph.D.
Kutztown University
USA

Kimberly Frazier, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University
USA

Yunkyoung Log Garrison, Ph.D.
Bates College
USA

Jean Georgiou, Ph.D.
New Jersey City University
USA

Jessie D. Guest, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina
USA

Kaprea F. Johnson, Ph.D.
Ohio State University
USA

Laura K. Jones, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina – Asheville
USA

Heather Katafiasz, Ph.D.
The University of Akron
USA

Michele Kerulis, Ed.D.
Northwestern University
USA

Latifey LaFleur, Ph.D.
University of Louisiana – Lafayette
USA

Caitlin Martin-Wagar, Ph.D.
University of Montana
USA

A. Keith Mobley, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
USA

Thomas L. Murray, Jr., Ph.D.
Northwestern University
USA

Anita A. Neuer Colburn, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
USA

Richard F. Ponton, Ph.D.
Brain Health Center
USA

Jake J. Protivnak, Ph.D.
Youngstown State University
USA

Elizabeth J. Russell, Ph.D.
Winona State University
USA

Elyssa B. Smith, Ph.D.
Stockton University
USA

Lee A. Teufel-Prida, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
USA

Nancy E. Thacker, Ph.D.
Auburn University
USA

Anthony Vajda, Ph.D.
The University of Oklahoma
USA

Wesley Webber, Ph.D.
East Carolina University
USA

Arne Weigold, Ph.D.
Kent State University – Geauga
USA

Dawn Wirick, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
USA

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The quarterly Journal of Mental Health Counseling (JMHC) provides clinical mental health counselors and researchers with practical knowledge and illuminating background from in-depth research on clinical studies and counseling practice.