Writing guidelines

Counseling Today only reviews article submissions from members of the American Counseling Association. (If submitting an article, please be sure to include your ACA member number.) For the writing guidelines, click here. For three sample articles, click here, here and here.



  1. Anna Borland

    My name is Anna Borland and I am a Certified Child Life Specialist at the Children’s Hospital here in Knoxville, TN. I am currently doing my internship at Jefferson Middle School in Oak Ridge, TN to complete my masters in School Counseling. Recently here at Jefferson Middle School we have developed an anti-bullying program along with an anti-bullying week. We would like to share the program with other School Counselor’s and help spread the word on how to help stop bullying from happening. We were wondering what the steps are in becoming published in the Counseling Today Journal. Thank you for the time and we look forward to hearing from you.
    Anna Borland

    1. Steven Charlton

      Hello Anna,
      I have recently qualified as a psychotherapeutic councillor here in the UK. In the UK schools don’t seem to recognise the consequences of bullying. They would rather dismiss it as play or another form. I noticed in the USA that it is a policy that all schools must have a councillor . It won’t happen in the UK for a long time. When it does come( school councillor ) I want to be prepared. I intend to go to schools and teach children the dangers and implications of their acts of bullying on other children. Is there any information that you could forward to me that may help me in my quest to reduce bullying. Are there any course specific for training to be a school councillor.
      From Steven Charlton.

  2. Joeleen Schnettler

    Hi my name is Joeleen Schnettler,
    I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate and Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) licensed in the state of Washington. I received my Masters of Social Work from EWU’s School of social work and Human Services in June 2011. Prior to this, I received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a major in Alcohol and Drug studies and a minor in Counseling Education Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University in 2009.

    I specialize in working with individuals struggling with chemical dependency or abuse. I received my Chemical Dependency Professional license from the State of Washington in April 2011. I worked at an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment center that served the adolescent population from 2009 to 2012.
    I have worked extensively with teenagers with behavioral problems, including conduct disorder and oppositional defiant disorder. Other issues that counseling may address is depression, negative self image, eating disorders, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, attachment disorder, sexual, verbal and physical abuse. Along with many other emotional aspects that may cause distress.

    My services are multi-disciplinary and include various consultation and collaboration where appropriate for gathering a biopsychosocial understanding of each particular client. Counseling may help with finding ways to increase motivation in life, managing stress appropriately, setting life goals, building communication skills, organizing priorities, strengthening and maintaining relationships and creating a positive outlook on life.
    My therapeutic modalities that I primarily follow include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

    I am also interested in writing for Counseling Today and have a ton of great ideals for topics I would like to talk to you about.
    Thank you.


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