Call for Abstracts/Articles



A growing body of literature has emerged on how to train counselors, mental health practitioners, and psychologists to engage in social action and social justice activities (e.g., practice, research, policy formulation, and implementation, advocacy). While there are some conceptual articles available, empirical and implementation research of social action and social justice work is scant. The Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology (JSACP) is leading this type of empirical evidence on social action and advocacy. Because the need for our field to perform social action and social justice work has increased, more considerable attention has been paid to develop core competencies. As such, it is critical that we develop the necessary scholarship on how to prepare our professionals, and establish best curricula and training practices. Further, there is a need to disseminate and evaluate current social action and social justice models already implemented in graduate programs and also in the field. This special issue will begin to accomplish these goals.


We welcome abstracts of empirical studies and/or actual implementation of curricula and training linked to preparing counselors, mental health practitioners, and/or psychologists in social action and justice work.


Abstracts should be emailed to Drs. Lawrence Gerstein and Pamela Valera Co-Editors-JSACP) at by May 15, 2020. The abstract should be 500 words or less, and in APA format in accordance with the journal’s guidelines ( A vita from each contributing author must accompany the abstract and email by May 15.


A review of abstracts will occur after that and invited authors will be asked to submit a full-length manuscript by October 15, 2020. These manuscripts must be uploaded to the journal’s online portal ( no later than October 15, 2020. Submitted papers will be sent for peer-review. Once the reviews are complete, we will render a decision about the suitability of an article for publication. We anticipate completing the entire submission and revision process in March 2021 and publishing this special issue in the summer of 2021.


JSACP Mission: Founded in 2007, the mission of this journal is to promote deep reflection on community change and system transformation in which counselors, psychologists, and other human service professionals play a role. This open-access journal aims to highlight ‘engaged scholarship’ and the very important social change work done by professionals and activists that would not normally find its way into publication. The journal attempts to break down the divide between theory and practice in one of the most critical areas of our work: social transformation toward social and ecological justice and peace. The journal features action-oriented articles, meaning manuscripts that discuss actual work (e.g., advocacy, activism, research, policy formulation and implementation, training, legislation) that has been conducted by the submitting author(s) and not proposed work or simple conceptualizations of issues.


Publication costs: As a fully open access journal, all articles are available free of charge on the journal website, and there are no submission fees.


JSACP Sponsors: Counselors for Social Justice & Psychologists for Social Responsibility


JSACP Publisher: Ball State University Center for Peace and Conflict Studies