About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy (CJCP) is the official journal of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. The objectives of the Journal are to (a) Contribute to the advancement and improvement of the counselling profession nationally and internationally; (b) Provide a forum for the dissemination of scholarly information on the contemporary theory, research, and practice in counselling; (c) Establish and validate models of scholarly inquiry; (d) Act as a catalyst for critical analysis and scientific discussion; and (e) increase understanding of individuals, groups, and Canadian society with the intent of enhancing counselling practice. CJCP also aims to attract a broad spectrum of national and international readers and contributors. Articles are published that are of interest to counsellor educators as well as to practitioners working in schools, community agencies, university and college counselling centres, and other institutions in which psychological counselling is practiced. We welcome articles dealing with: research reports of studies that have relevance to counselling practitioners and educators; descriptions of new techniques or innovative programs and practices; discussions of current scientific issues; commentaries on current professional issues and on the role of CCPA in our society; and studies that increase understanding of individuals, groups, and Canadian society to help illuminate their counselling needs. We also welcome meta-analyses, meta-syntheses, systematic reviews and scoping reviews of the literature. However, we do not publish narrative/essay style literature reviews that lack a description of the authors' processes for identifying relevant literature and reaching their conclusions (i.e., literature review manuscripts that lack a "Methods" section).

Peer Review Process

All articles undergo blind review. Reviewers' comments contribute to editorial decisions whether or not to publish and provide useful suggestions for manuscript revisions. The purpose of submitting manuscripts for blind review is threefold: to benefit from the reviewer's expertise in a particular field of study or practice, to gain the reviewer's critical assessment, and finally, to provide concrete feedback to the authors. The intent of the review process is not only to assist the editors in making decisions about manuscripts for publication but also to educate authors on how to improve or strengthen their professional writing.

Publication Frequency

The Journal is published quarterly by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in January, April, July, and October.