College of Education professors to edit national counseling journal

College of Education professors will edit a national academic journal in counseling.

College of Education professors will edit a national academic journal in counseling.

A group of Troy University professors will form the editorial team to publish the national academic journal of the Military and Government Counseling Association.

The “Journal of Military and Government Counseling” began six years ago for the association which is one of 19 national divisions of the American Counseling Association, the most prominent international professional organization for counselors.

“Taking the reins of producing the journal speaks to the University’s reputation as a national and international leader in higher education,” said Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims, Dean of the College of Education, whose Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Interpreter Training is forming the production team.

The journal is designed to present current research on military, veteran, and government topics. It is the only journal of its kind to specifically address the mental health needs of military personnel and their families; veterans; first responders; EMS, law enforcement, fire, and emergency dispatch personnel; and employees of Local, State and Federal governmental agencies.

“They are a small association with only about 350 members worldwide, but the membership has built a good reputation, a respectably sized readership and carved a niche in counseling/psychology journal topics,” said Dr. Keith Cates, an associate professor of Counseling Education and the department’s clinical director.

Dr. Andrew Creamer, chair of the department, will  be the administrative editor. Cates and Dr. Lynn Boyd, assistant department chair, will be managing editors. The original editor, Dr. Ben Noah, of Capella University, will continue to work with the journal as an editor-in-residence.

“Overall, CRIT wanted this opportunity for two main reasons – first, the department and the college has an incredible depth of expertise in working with the populations the journal serves and we wanted to use that to support the organization, and, secondly, to globally demonstrate our commitment to serving those who protect and serve our communities and our nation,” Creamer said.