Editorial Guidelines for Writers

Editorial Guidelines for Writers

The Therapist is open to receiving expert written manuscripts, composed in language that is easy to understand and appealing to mental health professionals. The Therapist is a peer-reviewed professional magazine. All manuscripts submitted for consideration are reviewed by members of the Clinical Editorial Committee.

ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPTS ONLY. The Clinical Editorial Committee seeks original ideas on treatment strategies, research, therapeutic approaches, and viewpoints regarding mental health. Please do not submit: term papers, previously published articles, dissertations, or articles lacking proper citations.


Professional Exchange: 2,500-3,500 word article related to clinical matters. Please include the following supplemental material with you article submision.

Clinical Editorial Calendar (subject to change)


Deadline: December 1

Working with Children

  • Tweens/Adolescents
  • Stress of success (school, sports, body image, social media & popularity, etc)
  • Importance of play
  • Gender identifying
  • Play therapy
  • Exposure and response prevention in treatment of children with OCD
  • ADHD: To medicate or not to medicate


Deadline: February 1

Neuroscience and New Therapeutic Technology

  • Mindfulness and the brain
  • “Treatment Resistance” and finding new solutions
  • The use of videoconferencing for therapy
  • The use of videoconferencing for clinical supervision
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
  • emWave Technology


Deadline: April 1

Eating Disorders and Nutritional Therapies

  • Anorexia, Bulimia and related issues
  • The psychology of obesity and overeating
  • How Trauma influences the development of eating disorders and eating issues
  • The Gut-Biome and mental health
  • Social influences and body acceptance
  • Men and eating disorders


Deadline: June 1


  • Polyamory
  • Conflicting sexual desires between two partners
  • Interview of masters in the field
  • What's different, what's the same by another name
  • Current trends/stressors (baby boomers, menopause, midlife, retirement, etc.)
  • Sex after the baby


Deadline: August 1

Substance Use Disorders and Comorbidity

  • Dual-diagnosis
  • Substance use/abuse, screening, assessing, and evaluating
  • In-patient vs out-patient cost, effectiveness, and insurance reimbursement
  • Working with diverse populations
  • Family involvement
  • Elements for successful treatment plan


Deadline: October 1

Families in the 21st Century

  • LGBT families
  • Paradigm shift stay-at-home dad
  • Extended families
  • Couples
  • Children
  • Family therapy

Supervisors Corner
750-3,000 word article that assists therapists in developing supervision skills.

Pre-licensees Corner
750-3,000 word article of interest to interns, trainees, or applicants.

Letters to the Editor
Letters should be no more than 250 words pertaining to an article appearing within the last six months of the most recent issue. Letters may be edited for length and clarity. Letters to the Editor reflect the views of the writers and not CAMFT's views.

Business of Private Practice
750-3,000 word article related to business issues (i.e. insurance reimbursement, marketing, telehealth).

Book Review
750-800 word review of psychotherapy related literature, video, CD, tape, or other media.


References should be formatted according to the American Psychological Association (APA) style and placed in alphabetical order. Titles of books and journals should be italicized. The use of footnotes within the text is strongly discouraged.

Manuscripts should be submitted via e-mail to articles@camft.org as an attachment (Microsoft Word) or mailed to: Clinical Editorial Committee, CAMFT, 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA, 92111.