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Journal of Counsellogy

“Studia Poradoznawcze” (Journal of Counsellogy) is an annually published journal edited by Naukowe Towarzystwo Poradoznawcze (the Counsellogical Association) and published by Wydawnictwo Naukowe DSW. It is a response to the increasingly noticeable growth of interest in issues relating to help provision through counselling and development of various kinds of assistance. It has been called into life as an open forum for the exchange of theoretical thoughts and reflections. It is a space for formulating the conclusions arising from research conducted in and outside Poland. It provides researchers with the space for conducting the interdisciplinary discourse and developing a broad international cooperation.

With such fusion of the theoretical and the practical in mind, the editors welcome contributions from various social scientists, whose diverse voices and approaches will nuance the counselling debate. Counsellogy will then extend its comprehensive grounding in fundamental premises about human nature and values. Yet, as a social theory focused on people and their intentionality in action, counsellogy can remain a vibrant science only if it generates its own unique representation of human agency in coping, help-seeking and advising. Counsellogy specifically strives to understand individuals’ relations to themselves, other people and the environment, particularly when they cope, advise or use advice (human being as a homo consultans). These are patently dynamic processes. And counsellogy is a dynamically developing theory, constantly modified in the light of new findings, methodological innovations and changes in the social world. Therefore, it is crucial that it collaborate closely with other social sciences and keep up with their conceptual and methodological developments. Hence the editors place such value on state-of-the-art papers from related research fields.

By no means universal laws, regularities that social sciences identify hold true only in particular social ramifications. We can, therefore, count on fresh and diversified views on such familiar, yet still pertinent issues as:

- What psychological and social process are involved in counselling?

- What facts, events and situations make up counselling?

- What values are achieved in/through counselling?


-          What meanings do people ascribe to counselling processes?

-          What are the types, kinds and categories of counselling?

-          What fields/areas of counselling are becoming most important today?

-          How powerful/effective is counselling’s impact?

-          What means do counsellors have at their disposal and how can these be perfected or enriched?

Aware of their responsibility and the actual impossibility to meet all the potential expectations, the journal’s editors propose the following structure and requirements of the journal in anticipation of possible reservations and doubts:

Section I. Studies and Dissertations

Papers discussing the counselling-related issues from the perspective of a more general theoretical or philosophical paradigm.

Section II. Research Reports

Research reports in which research results are interpreted in-depth and the meticulously formulated research questions methodically answered.

Section III. Recommendations for Counselling Practice

Accounts of creative practices as well as recommendations on working methods and tools designed and tested by authors who are reflective counselling practitioners.

Section IV. Reviews

Reviews and critical discussions of significant Polish and international publications.

Section V. News and Chronicle

Reports from important conferences on counselling in Poland and abroad; information on national and international events relevant to the development of counselling; bills, laws, acts and other documents regulating counselling practice; information on counsellogists’ achievements: academic degrees, awards or honours; notifications of new publications on counselling and upcoming conferences.