Bharatiya Journal of Counselling Psychology (BJCP)

The Bharatiya Journal of Counselling Psychology is one of the first free, peer-reviewed and indexed journals focusing on advancement of counselling profession in India started by Bharatiya Counselling Psychology Association.

Rationale of the Journal/Description of the Journal:

Counselling Psychology as profession in India is in its nascent stage, though most of the psychology students are employed as counsellors. In the current socio-political context we are constantly exposed to change and upheaval due to rapid economic, social and cultural contexts, people are experiencing multiple stressors in their lives. Some of these stressors are causing severe mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and stress including other issues like marital discords, domestic violence, and addictions to various substances. Such an alarming situation calls for a dire need to address mental health problems of the community. Counselling psychology, both as an academic and professional field has a potential role in addressing mental health crisis and has proven its credibility in many developed countries with a defined and systematic framework. In India, the significance and the service counselling psychology can provide has not yet been tapped and applied.

India is one of the most ancient civilisations 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 developing countries. It also aims to generate discourse on counselling psychology issues that substantially advances 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.

Aim and scope of the Journal

BJCP aims to bridge academic and applied counselling psychology in India by providing a forum for academicians, practising 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 welcomes 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 will be covered:

  • Applied Psychology

  • Community Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology

  • Developmental Psychology

  • Educational Psychology

  • Social Work

  • Human Development and Family Studies

  • Family Counselling Therapy

  • Health Sciences

  • Social Sciences &

  • 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 developing 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 developing countries.

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


The Journal’s priorities include:

  • Increase Impact Factor

  • Improve online presence

  • Provide services to members of BPCA


Intended audience:

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

  • Practising psychologists

  • Counsellors

  • Social workers

  • Public health professional

  • Academicians from relevant disciplines


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/Print)

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. Additionally the publication cost of the journal will be covered by sponsorship and BCPA funds. 

Types of manuscripts: Bharatiya Journal of Counselling Psychology accepts the following types of article:


  • Review Articles,

  • Original Articles,

  • Brief Reports,

  • Practice Notes,

  • Case Studies,

  • Book or Video Reviews,

  • Brief Communication

ISSN: Print and online to be applied


Proposed Indexing:


Indexing Keywords: 

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


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.

Editorial Board Members


  • Professor (Retd) Promila Batra, M. D. University Rohtak , Haryana 


  • Dr. Anubhuti Dubey, Professor, Gorakhpur University

  • Dr. Taruna Gera, Professor, Hisar University

  • Dr. Swaranalata, Assistant Professor, BHU

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

Panel of Reviewers

  • To be appointed soon (interested reviewers may show their willingness to be part of the reviewers pane and send their application to

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National Board of Counsellor Certification

Editorial Committee

Advocacy Committee

IT & Social Media Committee

Research Committee

Ethics Committee (IRB)

Discipline Committee

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Membership Committee

Collaboration & Projects Committee

Curriculum Review Committee

Training & Supervision Committee

International Affairs Committee



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