Journal for Specialists in Group Work Call for Authors

Special Issue - Group Work with African Americans Children and Adolescents

Journal for Specialists in Group Work

The Journal for Specialists in Group Work invites articles for a Special Issue on Group Work with African American Children and Adolescents.

The Journal for Specialists in Group Work has never published a special issue focused solely on this population. This current special issue is narrowly focused; however, we are certain that the intersection of race, ethnicity, culture, gender and socioeconomic status and so forth, will surface in the research and scholarship as we provide a platform in which to do so.

This special issue will explore both research and practice, with an emphasis on innovative ideas.

The purpose of this special issue is to synthesize contributions representing a range of issues that are important to this unique population of African American children and adolescents. Authors are asked to contribute conceptual or empirical articles that address the call for an increased focus on using group work to address the many needs of this growing population in the US.

In addition to the sample consisting primarily on African American children and/or adolescents, manuscripts should be focused one or more of the following areas:

  • Socioeconomic status
  • Resiliency
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Strengths-Based approaches
  • Grief and Trauma
  • Wellness
  • Social/Emotional Development
  • Gender and/or Identity Development
  • Academic Achievement
  • Counselor Education, Training and/or Preparation
  • Group Leadership
  • Incarceration
  • Career Development
  • Racism and Social Justice
  • Intersection of Identities

Submission Instructions

If you are interested in authoring a manuscript for the special issue, please submit research, practice, or conceptual full length articles that include title, author(s), abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and implications into the Manuscript Central Submission Portal for JSGW.

Be sure to note that the submission is for this special issue. Following submission and endorsement from special issue editors, manuscripts will undergo a blind peer review process.

The first drafts of manuscripts are due to the Special Issue Editors between February 1, 2018 and June 1, 2018.

Revisions will occur between November, 2018 and September, 2019.

Final dispositions will occur in October, 2019.

For additional information or questions, please contact the Special Issue Editors: Sam Steen, University of Arizona ( or Erik M. Hines, University of Connecticut (

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