NCCA Journal “NC Perspectives”

Journal Guidelines

The North Carolina Counseling Association Journal is an online journal supported by the North Carolina Counseling Association for the purpose of enhancing knowledge and skills of professional counselors in North Carolina. The goals of the journal are threefold and designed to: (1) foster research and scholarly endeavors; (2) provide a medium for communication among professional counselors in NC; and (3) enhance continuing education opportunities for counselors throughout the state. The Editors invite counselor educators, supervisors, practitioners, and counseling students to submit manuscripts that address current professional counseling issues.

The Journal is divided into six areas, with each area addressing an important aspect of the counseling profession.

1.Theory and Research

Manuscripts in this category may include extensive review of the literature on topics pertaining to counseling, an annotated bibliography of key publications, and both qualitative and quantitative original research.

2. Innovative Approaches

Manuscripts in this area may include thorough descriptions of activities, strategies, and techniques that have been developed and implemented by counselors.

3. Current Issues

Manuscripts in this category will feature position papers on timely topics affecting counselors, particularly in North Carolina.

4. Multicultural Issues

Manuscripts in this content area will include research, innovative approaches, and current issues that address multicultural populations that include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and social economic status.

5. Graduate Student Works

Graduate student written works that reflect theoretical or empirical investigation that occurs as a part of graduate training will be included in this section.

6. Making a Difference

Manuscripts in this section focus an individual or group in the counseling profession that has impacted a community, individual, or organization in a positive manner.

Publication Guidelines

APA Guidelines (6th edition) should be followed throughout for format and citations. All manuscripts should use 12-point Times New Roman font, be double spaced including references and extensive quotes, allow 1” margins on all sides. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references, tables, and figures.


A separate first page of the document should include the title, author(s) name, and institutional affiliation of all authors (if not affiliated with an institution, city and state should be listed).


A separate second pate of the document should include an abstract describing the article in 50-100 words.


All manuscripts begin with the rationale for the manuscript and its significance to the field of counseling. This untitled introduction is followed by a brief review of relevant literature and a statement of how this current article addresses issues the current literature has not resolved.

  • Research studies will continue with methodology sections and results/discussion sections.
  • Innovative Approaches will continue with descriptive sections of activity/program followed by a discussion section on practical application, limitations, and implications.
  • Current Issues papers will define the issue and its current impact on the field of counseling in NC.
  • Multicultural Issues papers will address the impact of multicultural factors on the counseling profession.
  • Graduate Student Works will include a discussion of the implications of this work on the field of counseling.
  • Making a Difference will address groups or individuals that have made a positive impact from a counseling perspective on an individual, group, or organization.

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to Dr. Harris at as an email attachment using Microsoft Word. The submitted work must be original work of the authors that has not been previously published or under review for publication elsewhere. The North Carolina Counseling Association Journal retains copyright of any published manuscripts Client anonymity must be protected, and authors must avoid using any identifying information in describing participants.

All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the editor and assistant editor with acceptable manuscripts sent to additional reviewers of the editorial board. Reviewer comments, suggestions, and recommendations will be sent to the authors. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous throughout the review process.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Henry. L. Harris
UNC Counseling
Department of Counseling
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
(704) 687-8971
Dr. Frieda F. Brown
Gardner-Webb University
School of Psychology and Counseling
Boiling Springs, NC 28017