Academic journal article Journal of Humanistic Counseling

Our Relationship to the Association for Humanistic Counseling and the American Counseling Association

Academic journal article Journal of Humanistic Counseling

Our Relationship to the Association for Humanistic Counseling and the American Counseling Association

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The collection of articles published in this issue of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling (JHC) suggests the journal's relationship to our parenting organizations, the Association for Humanistic Counseling and the American Counseling Association. These articles include topics such as strength- and soul-based therapeutic work, holism, wellness, spirituality, and mindfulness-based practices. Considered together, the articles inform readers about certain theoretic and philosophic dimensions of humanistic counseling. Given that humanistic counseling is the primary theoretical basis for the entirety of the counseling profession (cf. Hansen, 2006; Wampold, 2012), it seems JHC's principal scholastic responsibility is to serve as the theoretical arm for all counseling literature.

Counseling theory includes but is not limited to speculations about the human experience and the nature of the counseling relationship. With this in mind, relevant articles for JHC include at least the following: (a) considerations that inform and support the humanistic counselor; (b) considerations related to human potential for development as possible for a client or group of clients; and (c) considerations and evaluation of humanistic counseling practice, including conceptual scholarship and process or outcome studies. In this manner, JHC is the definitive counseling journal for authors to present theoretical ideas of the results of applied theoretical research.

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