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 submissions for consideration are reviewed by members of the Editorial Advisory Council.

Submission Categories and Instructions

The Editorial Advisory Council will accept submissions that correspond to one of three categories: Professional Exchange, The Business of Practice: Member Spotlight, or Letter to the Editor. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to articles@camft.org as an attachment (Microsoft Word) or mailed to: Editorial Advisory Council, CAMFT, 7901 Raytheon Road, San Diego, CA, 92111.

I. Professional Exchange Articles are 2,000-3,000 word submissions related to clinical matters and relevant to the selected issue topics referenced below*. Professional exchange submissions must include peer reviewed citations, learning objectives, questions to be used for Continuing Education (CE) credits and additional supplemental materials.

  • Original Manuscripts Only: The Editorial Advisory Council 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.

  • Manuscript Style: 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.

II. The Business of Practice: Member Spotlight submissions should be 750 – 1000 words in length and highlight a CAMFT member and their clinical business practice. These submissions should both highlight the CAMFT member’s work and provide relevant information for fellow therapists and CAMFT members about the variety of ways to work in mental health.

III. Letters to the Editor 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.

2020 Issue Topics for The Therapist

January/February 2020

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Modern Relationships

  • Social and Cultural Norms for Romantic Relationships Today
  • Relationship Therapy Techniques

March/April 2020

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Working with Children

  • Best Practice Techniques for Different Age Groups
  • Neuro-differences / highly sensitive clients

May/June 2020

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Community Health

  • Cultural Competence & Social Justice
  • Community Healthcare
  • Working with LGBTQ+ Clients

July/August 2020

Deadline: June 1, 2020

The Body and Mental Health

  • Effects of Toxic Stress and Shame
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body-Centered Therapies

September/October 2020

Deadline: August 1, 2020

Adjunct Therapies for Difficult Cases

  • Ketamine
  • TMS
  • Wilderness Therapy

November/December 2020

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Soul-Centered and Transpersonal Work

  • Mindfulness Modalities
  • Transpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Religion in the Therapy Room