Counselling, Psychotherapy and Career Support Services in Asia
Call for Papers
Abstract Deadline: 1 October 2019
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
The authors and readers of BJGC include practitioners, academics, researchers, policymakers, and students from across the globe, representing different cultural backgrounds and disciplines. The journal facilitates and enriches dialogue in all areas relating to guidance, counselling and psychotherapy. Manuscripts are published under three broad headings: (a) counselling and psychotherapy, (b) career guidance and counselling, including career development, and (c) cross-disciplinary issues.
This call for a special issue focused on Asia is congruent with the journal’s aim to strengthen internationalisation, to counter-balance the hegemony of Western perspectives, and to diversify the literature by capturing new directions from Eastern regions/countries. We envision the symposium or special issue on Asia to contribute to the international literature on counselling, psychotherapy and/or career support services. By providing a coherent picture of developments in Asia, along with the challenges and opportunities that exist within localities, regions and/or national developments, this special issue should provide new and interesting evidence-based perspectives. We invite papers on:
- Development of theory pertaining to counselling, psychotherapy or career support services indigenous to Asia; critiques and adaptations of Western theory to Asian contexts.
- Evidence-based policy, research or practice in counselling, psychotherapy or career support services in a locality/region/country of Asia.
- Traditional Asian approaches to counselling, psychotherapy or career support services.
- Development of original programmes, interventions, services related to counselling, psychotherapy or careers support services in a locality/region/country of Asia.
- Interventions, services, or gaps in meeting the needs of those from any one or more developmental periods of the lifespan (children, youth, adults, elderly) through counselling, psychotherapy or careers work in a region/country of Asia.
- Counselling, psychotherapy or career support services for those with special or under-studied populations such as the rural disadvantaged, those with disability, those with mental health problems in a locality/region/country of Asia.
- Examination of training, professionalisation, use of technology, emerging and changing needs related to counselling, psychotherapy or career support services in Asian contexts.
- Topics that address issues such as: employability, unemployment, changing labour market trends, migrants and refugees, impact of armed conflict, impact of political or religious polarisation, globalisation, excessive workloads, suicides.
- The contrast between circumstances and professional activities across contexts within Asia (e.g. developed and developing country contexts, rural and urban contexts) or a comparison of Asian and Western contexts.
How to submit your abstract
Those interested in contributing to this symposium should send a brief outline of their proposed paper to Anuradha J. Bakshi and Mantak Yuen with ‘BJGC ASIA SYMPOSIUM PAPER OUTLINE’ in the subject line.
Proposals must be submitted by October 1, 2019 at the latest and must include the title, names of authors, and an abstract of up to 500 words. Authors are encouraged to submit proposals earlier than October to increase the likelihood of being invited to submit a full paper. The length of final papers must be between 5000 and 8000 words, and submission will be expected within two months of notification by the guest editors.
All manuscripts will be considered on the strict condition that they have been submitted only to the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, that they have not been published already, and are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. Contributions to this Asia symposium of the British Journal of Guidance & Counselling must be original work, regardless of whether it is a theoretical/conceptual, research, policy, or practice article. Discussion of the implications and recommendations for practice of counselling/psychotherapy, or mental health care, or careers work is important to ensure the relevance of the journal’s contribution to the field. While the orientation of the symposium is clearly to provide an account of theories, policies and practices in Asian contexts, the salience of the content for potential application in non-Asian contexts should also be highlighted.
Manuscript submissions are subject to initial appraisal by the guest editors of the symposium. If found suitable for further consideration, submission is online via ScholarOne Manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cbjg and the paper will be peer-reviewed before reaching a final decision.