The Journal of Humanistic Counseling

The Journal of Humanistic Counseling has been published for 50 years, specializing in scholarly and professional presentations of topics of current interest in the counseling profession.  Because the association is one of the flagship founding organizations of the American Counseling Association, we are dedicated to the progress of the counseling profession, believing that the foundation of that profession is humanism.  To serve the profession, the journal seeks high-quality, professional manuscripts that address various aspects of humanistic counseling in education, human services, and other organizations.  If you are interested in presenting a manuscript, but first want to explore ways to connect your ideas with humanism, please see the article here (.pdf)that presents more detail about what humanism means and how to articulate humanism in your manuscript.
In the 50 year history of this journal, there have been various special topics discussed, such as multiculturalism, social justice, counselor wellness, the philosophy of humanism, and creativity.  This commitment to explore the horizons of humanistic counseling lead to six manuscript typologies that we seek to publish: innovative practices, position papers, quantitative reseach, qualitative research, and mix-methods research.  For each of these types, corresponding manuscript elements that serve as quality indicators have been identified, which you can find here.
The Journal is published twice a year, in spring and fall.  This journal utilizes a blind-review process with at least 2 outside reviewers.  The review process begins with the initial submission at The Journal of Humanistic Counseling's online submissions page.  To read more about requirements for submission, you can access the Author Guidelines here
 Once your manuscript is submitted, a disposition will be issued for your manuscript within 90 to 120 days from submission.
JHC is published two times a year April and October. 2012 subscription rate for nonmembers is $100 institutional (print only or online only), or $115 institutional (print and online) for 1 year. Current AHC members receive online access back to Volume 1(1) with the first issue of 2012.

If you have questions about the Journal, you can contact the Editor, Dr. Matthew E. Lemberger-Truelove, at


Call for Editorial Board Members

Editorial Board members who review manuscripts are selected each year for a three-year term of service, and can expect a review request every 30 to 60 days. The review process takes place on the ScholarOne platform, so regular access to the internet is needed.  In addition, reviewers are expected to be members of the Association for Humanistic Counseling.  If you are interested in serving as a reviewer on the editorial board, please email the following documents to the Editor:
1. A short letter of interest, describing your background and your reason(s) for wanting to serve on this journal's review board, and
2) Your CV. 
Ad hoc reviewers are frequently sought for special topic issues, and may or may not be members of AHC.  If you are interested in serving as an ad hoc reviewer, please email the Editor with your specific interest and reason(s) for wanting to serve ad hoc.

If you would like to apply for a reviewer position, please contact the Editor, Dr. Matthew E. Lemberger-Truelove, at

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