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Bharatiya Journal of Counselling Psychology

The Bharatiya Journal of Counselling Psychology (BJCP) is an initiative by Bharatiya Counselling Psychology Association. BJCP is one of the first National, free, peer-reviewed publication of scientific information which is and proposed to be an indexed journal at its earlier. The advancement of counselling as profession in India is the major focus of BJCP. The journal intends to focus on the academic and professional advancement of counselling as a mental health endeavour in the nation and creating awareness in society.

Rationale of the Journal/Description of the Journal:

Counselling Psychology as ‘Profession’ in India is yet in its nascent stage, though quite a large number of the psychology students are now being employed as counsellors. In the current socio-political context, rapid economic changes, technological advancements, social and familial changes like urbanisation and movement from collectivism towards individualism have led to abundant social and emotional upheaval. These rapid changes demand for a quick skill modification, adjustment, adaptation and response by the individuals; thus exposing everyone toconstant and prolonged multiple stresses at each stage of life. All this has led to higher incidence and prevalence of anxiety and depression, increased marital discords, domestic violence, addictions to various substances and poor family/work/social relationships. Such an alarming situation has raised the mental health concerns; calling for a dire need to address mental health issues in the communities. Counselling psychology, both as an academic and professional field has a potential role in addressing mental health crisis. Counselling as a profession has proven its credibility as preventive, facilitative, developmental and crisis intervention in many developed countries with its well defined and systematic framework. Though the counselling psychology has recently started picking up very fast in India, yet the significance and the services of counselling psychology need to be tapped as the application of counselling psychology is in its stage of infancy. Communication through this journal is going to definitely prove to be instrumental in achieving this goal.

India is one of the most ancient civilizations and has a long history of help seeking behaviours, mechanism for providing support and enhancing resilience. Considering the multi-cultural and diverse nature of Indian society, western counselling models seldom fit to provide the required knowledge and related skills. Although there is emerging interest of Indian scholars and psychologists on studying indigenous psychology and its contribution to counselling, more empirical evidence needs to be generated. In this context, it is important to study relevance of Western and Indian models for its applicability, cultural sensitivity to improve health status and quality of life.

This Journal is an attempt to provide a platform for scholars, practitioners, psychologists to document counselling practices, share perspectives from India and around the globe. It also aims to generate discourse on counselling psychology issues that substantially advance the understanding of professional issues, the training of counselling psychologists, counsellors and the application and practice of counselling psychology for improving health of an individual and the society as a whole. The focus is on both the prevention and the enhancement of mental health. 


Aim and scope of the Journal

BJCP aims to bridge academic and applied counselling psychology in India by providing a forum for academicians, practicing psychologists, behavioural scientists, researchers, social scientists, public health professionals to share knowledge, perspectives and best-practices in the field of counselling and psychology.


It proposes to publish high quality research from different epistemological, methodological, theoretical and cultural perspectives and from different regions, providing a forum of innovation and debate, and questioning and testing of assumptions. It may be noted that this journal will only publish manuscripts in English.


The Journal will welcome submissions from both quantitative and qualitative methods in the areas of:

  • counselling practices in different settings

  • professional supervision, training and certification

  • career and development in counselling psychology

  • diverse counselling approaches, indigenous counselling, Indo-western counselling approaches

  • application of counselling in public health, lay/peer counselling

  • technology for advancing counselling practices

  • counselling for underrepresented populations

  • the development of new measures to be used in counselling activities

  • ethical and professional issues in counselling psychology


Disciplines or sub-disciplines to be covered:

  • Applied Psychology

  • Community Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Educational Psychology

  • Social Work

  • Human Development 

  • Family and marriage Counselling Therapy

  • Health Sciences

  • Social Sciences &

  • Psychoeducation

  • Organisational development

  • Other Allied Disciplines



The journal seeks to:

  • Advance counselling psychology as a discipline

  • Offer a keen resource for professionals.

  • Increase dissemination of evidence and promote uptake of evidence for policy change and improve practices

  • Create dialogue between them in the India and other countries to offer platform to learn and share.

  • Provide information from experts contributing to a broader understanding of counselling in the cultural context of India and other countries.

  • Provide opportunity and encouragement to doctoral students in counselling to publish their therapeutic and research work.

The Journal’s priorities include:

  • Increase Impact Factor

  • Improve online presence

  • Provide services to members of BCPA

  • Provide services to the counselling and other psychologists

Intended audience:

  • Post-graduate and doctoral students of psychology, behavioural sciences, clinical psychology, human development, public health etc.

  • Practicing psychologists

  • Counsellors

  • Social workers

  • Public health professional

  • Academicians from relevant disciplines

  • Policy makers,

  • All kinds of mental health and other health professionals

Plans for Reaching Contributors: 

  • Email

  • Flyer to psychology departments, HDFS departments, etc.

  • Reach out to contributors through members of BCPA

  • Reach out through conferences/workshops organized by BCPA



Frequency of publication: Bi-annually (online)

Types of manuscripts:

Bhartiya Journal of Counselling Psychology accepts the following types of original articles:

  • Perspectives

  • Review Articles,

  • Emprical Reports

  • Brief Reports,

  • Practice Notes,

  • Case Studies,

  • Book or Video Reviews,

  • Brief Communication

ISSBN: Print and online to be applied

Proposed Indexing:

Indexing Keywords: 

Counselling, psychology, health behaviour, emotional support, lay counselling, peer counselling, counselling status, resilience,

Editorial Board Members


  • Professor (Retd) PromilaBatra, MDU, Rohtak, Haryana 


  • Dr.AnubhutiDubey, Professor of Psychology, Gorakhpur University

  • Dr.Taruna Gera, Professor of Psychology, GJU, University

  • Dr.Swaranalata, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, BHU

  • Dr.Anupama, A., Head, Department of Psychology, Osmania University

Journal Management Committee (for looking after the administrative issues):

  • Professor (Retd.) PromilaBatra, Editor-in-Chief, BJCP

  • Dr.AshutoshSrivastava, National President, BCPA

  • Dr.Anupama, A., Secretary, Editorial Board, BJCP 

  • Dr.Apurva Kumar Pandya, Secretary, Research & Ethics Committee, BCPA 

  • Dr VedPrakashRawat, Treasurer, BCPA

Panel of Reviewers

  • Professor ArchanaShukla, (Retd), Dept of Psychology, University of Lucknow

  • Dr Roma Kumar, Senior Consultant, Institute of Child Care, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi

  • Professor, GautamGawali, Director,Institute of Behavioural and Allied Sciences, Amity University, Mumbai

  • Professor Suninder Tung, Department of Psychology, GNDU, Amritsar

  • Professor Promila Singh, Department of Psychology, Pt RSS University, Raipur

  • Professor ZoengpariGohin, Department of psychology, Mizoram University

Peer Review Integrity

All submitted manuscripts will be subjected to initial appraisal by the editor, and if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees. All peer review is double-blind.

Journal Subscription:

BJCP will be an open access and will be freely available to everyone. However, the print version would have a nominal subscription charge and reprint fee.


Paper Processing Charges: Additionally the publication cost of the journal will be covered by sponsorship and BCPA funds.

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