It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development’s (JMCD) expansion from 64 to 80 pages, effective January 2015. Throughout the years, there has been much expressed sentiment about the need to expand JMCD to provide more space to publish multicultural scholarship. Not only does expansion provide more space for our author’s, it also provides more support for the publication of multicultural scholarship overall. More voices will be heard as more pages are provided. The JMCD editorial team is appreciative of the support provided from the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), our editorial board, Consulting Elders Council, authors, and our readership. These collective efforts have ushered in a new phase in JMCD’s history and keeps the journal on par with contemporary publications.
Stay tuned for the upcoming launch of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development’s Hearing our Elders series in 2016. As cited from the introduction to this special issue: “The purposes of this ongoing series are fourfold. First, to illuminate the lived experiences of elders on whose shoulders the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD), the JMCD, and the current generations of professionals spanning early to seasoned career stand. The second and related intent is to invite celebration around lives well lived, both in service to others and in their commitment and dedication to advocating for significant and, in some cases historic, causes no one person alone could take on. The best place to hide is in plain sight captures the spirit of the third purpose of this new series. Hidden within the complex co-existence of the self-focused and at the same time selfless lives that characterized our living legends are lessons learned, fresh insights and new ways of seeing the world. If vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others then visionaries included in this series are deemed Master artists. Fourth, for those generations who are to come, the Hearing Our Elders series provides a way to document the stories, and histories, of luminaries who have shaped our lives, the field, and the way we approach ourselves and our profession. The hope of the series is to provide a continued archive of such voices so that new voices have an understanding of the context that has preceded them” (Parham & Clauss-Ehlers, in press).
It is an honor to announce the third publication of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development’s Hearing our Elders series that features excerpts from an interview with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. “Mrs. Carter is arguably among the most active former First Ladies since she and her husband, the 39th President of the United States, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, left the White House in 1981” (Parham & Clauss-Ehlers, 2016, p. 156). Mrs. Carter has been a formidable force in the mental health field, working tirelessly to decrease stigma associated with mental illness and increase access to services. Her interview captured six critical themes: “really listening with an empathic ear, resilience/persistence, commitment across time, thinking like a global citizen, a quiet-storm leadership style, and self-discovery in service to others” (Parham & Clauss-Ehlers, 2016, p. 156).
View the short DOCUMENTARY FILM, Following Inspiration: A Conversation with Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter in the Youtube link above.
To read the third article in the Hearing our Elders series, click HERE.
For more information about the groundbreaking work of The Carter Center, please click HERE.