Journal of Humanistic Counseling

A scholarly journal devoted to the development of humanistic counseling and education practices in schools. Publishes original research and critical reviews emphasizing innovative programs and practices that promote tolerance, nurture diversity, and uphol


Vol. 50, No. 2, Fall

Introduction to the Special Section
It is with great pleasure that I write this introduction to the special section on social justice counseling, education, and advocacy in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling. First, the full credit for this significant contribution to the professional...
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Expanding the Understanding of the Complementary Nature of Humanistic Principles and Social Justice Practices in Counseling and Education
It is with much humility and gratitude that I write this introduction to the special section of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling on social justice counseling, education, and advocacy. My humility is based on a growing understanding of the complexity...
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Humanism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism: Essential Elements of Social Justice in Counseling, Education, and Advocacy
This article explores the association between and among humanism, feminism, multiculturalism, and social justice in counseling, education, and advocacy. In so doing, it shows how these theoretical forces, individually and collectively, are essential...
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Nurturing the Relationships of All Couples: Integrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns into Premarital Education and Counseling Programs
Research shows that premarital counseling programs help engaged couples develop interpersonal and problem-solving skills that enhance their marital relationships. Yet, there are limited services for same-sex couples. This article assumes an integrated...
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Counseling People Living in Poverty: The CARE Model
Counselors frequently counsel clients who live in poverty. The authors describe the new CARE model that addresses the influence of multiple systems on poor clients' experiences. A social justice, humanistic intervention, the CARE model emphasizes cultivating...
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Entering Communities: Social Justice Oriented Disaster Response Counseling
Counselors need to learn how to effectively and respectfully enter into communities hit by disasters and create collaborative partnerships with community members. Using critical consciousness theory, the authors describe a humanistic, culturally responsive...
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Operationalizing Social Justice Counseling: Paradigm to Practice
Social justice counseling, like all humanistic models, recognizes the dignity of each human being, affirms the right of all people to choose and work toward their own goals, and asserts the importance of service to community. The social justice paradigm...
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Implementing a Community Intervention to Promote Social Justice and Advocacy: Analysis of a Town Hall Meeting on Race, Justice, and Peace
A diverse team of counselor educators used a phenomenological qualitative research method to analyze a social justice group intervention--a town hall meeting among a group of students, educators, and mental health professionals that focused on race,...
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Applications in Social Justice Counselor Training: Classroom without Walls
The article addresses an innovative approach to promote social justice counseling and advocacy training in graduate counseling programs. The classroom without walls concept involves innovative counseling practicums and field-based experiences, supervision,...
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Recharging Our Sense of Idealism: Concluding Thoughts
One of the goals of this special section on social justice counseling, education, and advocacy is to expand your thinking about the complementary nature of humanistic principles and social justice counseling and advocacy practices. There is another...
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Wraparound Counseling: An Ecosystemic Approach to Working with Economically Disadvantaged Students in Urban School Settings
Urban schools are faced with challenges such as low academic performance, increased incidents of violence, lack of parental engagement with educators, and school personnel burnout. Wraparound counseling is a holistic prevention tool that combines the...
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Exposure to School Bullying and the Social Capital of Sixth-Grade Students
Data from 91 U.S. middle school students using self-reports of social capital and bullying suggest a link between exposure to bullying and a decreased sense that people in general are trustworthy and fair. Implications for individuals and societies...
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Vol. 50, No. 1, Spring

Ecosystemic Complexity Theory of Conflict: Understanding the Fog of Conflict
Counselors often engage in conflict mediation in professional practice. A model for understanding the complex and subtle nature of conflict resolution is presented. The ecosystemic complexity theory of conflict is offered to assist practitioners in...
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Self-Determination Theory: The Importance of Autonomy to Well-Being across Cultures
According to proponents of self-determination theory, autonomous regulation is a universal psychological human need. Researchers have found autonomy (defined as acting in accordance with one's values) related to well-being across cultures. Encouraging...
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Children and Chronic Sorrow: Reconceptualizing the Emotional Impact of Parental Rejection and Its Treatment
The concept of chronic sorrow offers afresh perspective for understanding the negative emotional impact of parental rejection on children. Additionally, it provides a clinical alternative to coercion for breaking through children's emotional defenses...
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Student Success Skills: An Evidence-Based School Counseling Program Grounded in Humanistic Theory
The Student Success Skills program is an evidence-based, counselor-led intervention founded on a variety of humanistic principles. Five studies and a recent meta-analysis provide evidence that integrating human potential practices into the school by...
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Academic Writing: Reflections from Successful Counselor Educators
Twelve counselor educators were interviewed to learn what developmental and educational experiences help counselors become successful writers. Qualitative analysis resulted in 4 themes that revealed the important role of certain personal qualities...
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A Profile of Adolescent Wellness: Implications for Working with a Help-Seeking Population
This study examined wellness profiles for 114 adolescents receiving counseling services at a local community mental health center. Participants were administered the Five Factor Wellness Inventory-Teenage Version and their responses were compared with...
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Facilitating College Students' Authenticity and Psychological Well-Being through the Use of Mandalas: An Empirical Study
The purpose of this study was twofold: to examine the relationship between authenticity and psychological well-being, and to examine the effects of creating and interpreting mandalas on the levels of authenticity and psychological well-being of college...
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Succeeding in School: The Online Reflections of Native American and Other Minority Students
This phenomenological study of students' online responses to the Succeeding in School program offers rare insight into how Native American and other minority students perceived and experienced their school environment. Students' strategies regarding...
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