Cirecie West-Olatunji, Ph. D.
“My vision for JMCD incorporates the rich history, critical thought, and leadership that the early scholars established decades ago. Specifically, there are five areas that I see as essential in moving forward for the association and the profession as a whole. JMCD can:
Reflect the core assumptions of the counseling profession that undergird articles that we publish. It is not enough to publish rigorous papers related to multicultural issues in counseling. Our publications should advance our worldviews, focusing on client empowerment, social justice, use of strength-based approaches in our research and clinical interventions, and how we embrace culturally relevance in our discourse.
Represent the historical underpinnings of AMCD while promoting contemporary scholarship in multicultural and social justice competencies. This has been recently demonstrated in the updated competencies. However, there are other areas where we can reify the founding counselor educators’ vision for the division. Critical issues, such as increasing the overall presence of research in counseling, incorporating indigenous methodologies into our research design and protocols, and promoting more intervention research, are of interest.
Continue positioning the journal as a premier source for knowledge dissemination about clinical, training, and policy issues affecting diverse individuals and communities. Graduate students as well as established researchers seek credible sources to support their investigations related to diversity and multiculturalism. JMCD has been one of the key sources for research in these areas. By increasing our impact factor, we attract more scholars to read and utilize the articles in JMCD.
Serve as a beacon and resource for creative methodological and theoretical scholarship in multicultural and social justice counseling. Using the review team as a resource, JMCD can serve to advance discourse about key issues in counseling research that relate to diverse clients and, in doing so, lead the discussion.
Finally, JMCD can maintain its role in disseminating evidence-based interventions used with diverse populations. Of high interest is the need to highlight what works to reduce psychological distress and promote wellness among diverse populations. JMCD can continue to serve as a resource for professional counselors.”