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Special Issue of The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy


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A special issue of the Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy(JCPCP), guest edited by David Fryer (d.fryer@uq.edu.au) will be published in September 2019 with two objectives: First, to honour the many contributions to critique of Tod Sloan (1952–2018); second, to provide a forum where the work on the issues Tod Sloan championed can be continued and developed.

Tod Sloan championed work in so many areas it is impossible to specify them all in a call for papers but, as an indication, contributions which tackle any of the following – and related issues – with which Tod engaged, will be welcome: capitalist modernity; coloniality; crisis of the modern psyche; critical psychology; critical social theory; decolonisation; desymbolisation; globalisation; grassroots activism; hyper-individuation; ideology; intersubjective / ideological processes; Latin America (learning from and with); liberation praxis; obstacles to participation in social transformation; political and historical mis-education; poverty; progressive social movements; repressive de-sublimation; resistance; social change; social justice; social relations of domination and oppression; social responsibility; sustainability; work-related suffering.

Aims and scope

JCPCP is a peer-reviewed journal which values personal experience above professional boundaries and doctrinal jargon. It provides a forum for ideas, experiences and views of people working in the psychological world and those who use psychotherapy or receive psychiatric services. The journal encourages a critical, reflexive view of psychology and counselling and is a constant challenge to orthodoxy. Our contributors reflect on their work and experiences in therapy, in relationships and in institutions. The journal embraces philosophical, radical and scientific perspectives in its analysis of psychological, psychiatric and psychotherapeutic systems.


When considering submitting a paper to JCPCP authors need to follow the following guidelines: Length (4000 words maximum including refs), summary (25 words maximum), brief sentence for author biography. Please check the references before submission and do not include complicated diagrams. The paper should be critical i.e., does it use a recognized perspective to critique PSY in its various guises and does it abjure medicalised descriptions of conduct e.g., ADHD, depression etc.

If there is a suggestion for how to do things better, is that suggestion humane and does it avoid the pitfall of assuming that there is something wrong with people who are referred to services? Authors should avoid jargon (except when critiquing labels), sexist and racist terminology, and shouldn’t cluster people (e.g., ‘the’ elderly) when describing those who receive services. Submissions will be sent for review if these guidelines are followed. Authors should receive a response in less than six weeks. 

The deadline for contributions (for the September Special Issue) is 01 July 2019.

Please feel free to discuss potential contributions in advance with the guest editor, David Fryer (d.fryer@uq.edu.au) to whom submissions for review should be sent.

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