Call for Contributions: Psychotherapy and Politics International Special issue on Counselling in Africa and the Diaspora


Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

I hope this letter finds you well. As we continue to navigate the complex intersections of psychotherapy, politics, and cultural identity, it is with great enthusiasm that I extend an invitation for your participation in the upcoming special edition of Psychotherapy and Politics International focusing on counselling in Africa and the diaspora.

This special edition aims to illuminate the diverse landscape of counselling practices within Africa and among diasporic communities worldwide. We seek to foster a deeper understanding of the unique cultural, social, and political contexts that shape therapeutic approaches, interventions, and outcomes in these regions.

We invite contributions from scholars, practitioners, researchers, and interested parties with expertise in psychotherapy, counselling, race, identity politics, and related fields. You may also just be interested in the mental health of people on the continent and the diaspora.

Submissions may include but are not limited to:

  1. Original research articles exploring innovative counselling practices, interventions, or methodologies relevant to Africa and the diaspora.
  2. Theoretical perspectives and critical analyses examining the intersection of psychotherapy, politics, and cultural identity within African and diasporic contexts.
  3. Case studies illustrating culturally responsive counselling approaches and their effectiveness in addressing the diverse needs of clients from African and diasporic backgrounds.
  4. Reflections, essays, opinion pieces, or poems offering insights into the challenges, opportunities, and future directions of counselling, psychotherapy, and mental health in Africa and the diaspora.

We encourage submissions that centre marginalised voices, challenge dominant narratives, and promote inclusivity and social justice within the field of psychotherapy and counselling.

Important Dates:

- Expression of Interest: Please submit a brief proposal outlining your intended contribution by March 31, 2024.

- Deadline for Final Drafts: Full manuscripts must be submitted by April 30, 2024.


All submissions will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure scholarly excellence and relevance to the theme of the special edition. You will not be expected to follow strict academic protocol, however. Please consider this checklist before submission:

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Provide a translation for any non-English terms and titles used.
  • Define all abbreviations when first mentioned.
  • Please do not use footnotes.


Author Guidelines


If submitting an academic piece, please use APA 7 referencing. Guidelines can be found here:

Please submit two documents:

1. A title page with the elements below

2. An anonymised version of the main text

Title page:


Running title (ideally three to six words)

Author(s) name and affiliations

Author(s) ORCID iDs. Please see to create one, if needed.


Keywords (up to six words)

Corresponding author’s contact details

Main text:




Main text



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For further inquiries or to submit your expression of interest, please contact Karen Minikin, David Pavón-Cuéllar, or Rotimi Akinsete.


Thank you for considering this invitation, and we look forward to your valuable contributions to this important dialogue.


Warm regards,


Rotimi Akinsete

Editorial Board: Psychotherapy and Politics International

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