The Counseling Psychologist’s 50th Anniversary

It is with great pride and honor that we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Counseling Psychologist (TCP)—the “Crown Jewel” of the Society of Counseling Psychology (a term coined by J. Hurst in 1996). TCP was first published in 1969 and the Editors of the Journal have been John M. Whiteley (1969–1984), Bruce R. Fretz (1985–1990), Gerald Stone (1991–1996), P. Puncky Heppner (1997–2002), Robert T. Carter (2003–2007), Nadya A. Fouad (2008–2013), and Lydia P. Buki (2014-2019). Bryan S. K. Kim will begin his term as Editor in 2020.

TCP’s current Editor, Dr. Lydia P. Buki, has worked with the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee for the past several years to help plan for this special milestone. The members of 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee include John M. Whiteley (founding Editor); P. Puncky Heppner, Robert T. Carter, Nadya A. Fouad (past Editors); Lydia P. Buki (current Editor); V. Paul Poteat (Associate Editor representative); Brandon L. Velez (early career psychologist representative); and Samantha F. Lang and Kari A. Weiterschan (doctoral student representatives). Together, the Committee members have planned a series of special articles and initiatives to celebrate TCP’s milestone, including this interactive website.

We welcome you to this website, which includes introductions to all the commissioned papers for the 50th anniversary of the Journal and links to each article. This website also provides you with access to a list of previous TCP Outstanding Paper Award recipients and Major Contributions. Lastly, we will periodically update this webpage to include upcoming events and photographs to help celebrate the past 50 years of TCP. Thank you for celebrating this milestone with us!

50th Anniversary Article Summaries and Links

January 2019

Editors’ Reflections on the Crown Jewel of the Society of Counseling Psychology: 1969–2019, by Lydia P. Buki, John M. Whitely, P. Paul Heppner, Robert T. Carter, Nadya A. Fouad, Samantha F. Lang, and Kari A. Weiterschan

To help begin our celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Journal, the living editors of TCP reflected on their editorial terms, their vision for the Journal, and accomplishments during their terms. In addition, two members of the 50th Anniversary Committee reviewed Editors Fretz and Stone’s visions for the Journal as well as their achievements during their editorial terms. To access these accounts, please click on the following link:

The Past and the Future of The Counseling Psychologist, by Bryan S. K. Kim

In this article, Editor-elect Bryan S. K. Kim reviewed the growth of the Journal since 1969. He also described his vision for how counseling psychologists can help further enhance TCP. Kim then described the results of an exploratory content analysis of the Major Contributions published between 1969 and 2018, as well as findings from a Delphi poll of counseling psychology experts to anticipate future directions for TCP. To access his article, click on this link:

February 2019

Vocational Psychology: Expanding the Vision and Enhancing the Impact, by David L. Blustein, Saba Rasheed Ali, and Lisa Y. Flores

In this contribution, the authors provided a critical analysis of the current status of vocational psychology and presented an expansive vision for the future. They first provided an overview of the importance of vocational psychology in the history of The Counseling Psychologist, followed by a critical review of contemporary theory, research, practice, and training. They proposed a new mission for vocational psychology characterized by innovative theoretical advancements, renewed interdisciplinary and international collaborations, and the inclusion of macrolevel factors in research, practice, and policy. They concluded the article with a vision of vocational psychology in 20 years. This article can be accessed through this link:

April 2019

Counseling Psychology: From Defining the Field to Promoting World Peace, by John M. Whiteley

In this article, John M. Whiteley, the founding Editor and original publisher of TCP, shared foundational and historical resources for psychologists in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Journal. These resources, which were instrumental in defining the field of counseling psychology, are presented within the context of seven defining historical periods of the profession. Access to this article is forthcoming. To access the historical documents referenced in his paper, please click on the following link:

Outstanding Paper Award Winners

We are pleased to share with you a list of past winners of The Counseling Psychologist’s Outstanding Paper Award. SAGE Publishing has generously sponsored this award since 2008. To access the list of past recipients of the TCP Outstanding Paper Award, please click this link:

Major Contributions

Major Contributions that focus on a unifying theme are one of the hallmarks of The Counseling Psychologist. Introduced in 1969 by John Whiteley, the basic format is to have one or more manuscripts constituting a Major Contribution on a single topic, in some cases followed by reaction manuscripts from a diverse group of colleagues to stimulate additional thought. Major Contributions may provide conceptual, empirical, and methodological contributions to research, practice, and/or training activities of interest to counseling psychologists. We are proud to share a list of Major Contributions published from 1969 to 2018.

Major Contributions organized by theme:

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

  • We invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Counseling Psychologist during the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention in Chicago. We will hold several events to mark the occasion.
  • On Thursday, August 8th from 10:00 am to 11:50 am in McCormick Place Convention Center, Room W185bc, the living editors of the Journal will host a symposium titled “Celebrating 50 Years of The Counseling Psychologist: Reflections from the Living Editors.
  • Come meet the current and past editors of the Journal on Friday, August 9th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Skyline Suite in the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel. The address is 2233 S Martin Luther King Dr., Chicago, IL 60616.