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The Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools is published bi-annually, and presents articles of relevance to all areas of guidance and counselling. Papers may address theoretical, practical, professional or training issues and may focus on educational or psychological topics.

APACS Member Access

Access to the journal is a benefit of APACS membership. Please log into the members area to access the most recent journal and archives.

For non-members, subscription to the Journal is available here.

We need your papers!

On behalf of Professor Marilyn Campbell and myself (Associate Professor Susan Colmar), I am writing to update you all on the Journal of Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools.

Typically, we receive sufficient interesting and publishable articles for the journal and for the Applied Practices section of the journal; however, more are always welcome, particularly as some articles are not accepted for publication. Every article is peer reviewed. More recently we have found it increasingly difficult to find enough reviewers. As APACS members and school psychologists, or school counsellors, or guidance officers, you would all be potentially excellent reviewers. If you are interested, could you contact Marilyn or me, specifying the content area/s that you are able to review. With every article you always have the opportunity to accept or decline, and perhaps suggest another suitable reviewer. You will find reviewing rewarding and it also looks good on your resume!

We also welcome submissions from our members. You can certainly write an article, particularly for the practitioner section of the journal about your own work, your personal evaluative research, an adaptation of a conference paper you have presented, or a new insight based on your specific readings. Carefully rewritten student assignments and research can also be appropriate. Applied Practices provides the option of writing about some interesting fieldwork you have done or writing about key issues in an innovative fashion. You need to follow the guidelines provided; however, within these constraints, we welcome material that you want to share with colleagues. You can all write such a paper! As a reminder please see the specific guidelines for Applied Practices here. Clear and full information for authors is available on the journal’s website, which is accessible directly through the members’ area on our website: Marilyn and I also both welcome enquiries from persons interested in publishing in the journal.

Marilyn and I plan to have a special applied edition of the journal for the first issue in 2021. Our intention is to have several articles in the Applied Practices section and other invited articles from key applied researchers, who are competent experts in their relevant field. To paraphrase the famous call to arms “We Need Your Papers”. No papers, no journal, so write!

Contact me for support or to run ideas past me:

Susan Colmar
Applied Practices Editor

July 2020

Information for Authors 


Prospective authors for this journal should download and read the Instructions for Authors available here.


This includes information on how to submit to the Applied Practices section of the Journal.

Example Articles

The First Ten Minutes: Clinicians Perspectives on Engaging Adolescents in Therapy

Vanessa Keating & Elizabeth Cosgrave


Adolescents face a number of barriers that can affect their ability to successfully engage with mental health clinicians. Those working with this population should have a keen awareness of these barriers and their impact. As a first step, preparation for the initial interview with an adolescent is vital.



'Give Me a Name for What's Wrong With Him': A Case Study of a Rare Chromosome Disorder

Linda Gilmore & Marilyn Campbell


The case is presented of a young boy with a rare chromosome disorder involving an interstitial deletion on chromosome 16. The case description illustrates the developmental and educational difficulties that may be associated with rare chromosome disorders and raises some important issues for guidance and counselling professionals.

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