Intersectionality in Education, Training, and Praxis”

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The journal Women and Therapy is pleased to announce the development of a special issue on “Intersectionality in Education, Training, and Praxis.” This interdisciplinary collection will focus on intersectional theory as critical inquiry and critical praxis, as outlined by Patricia Hill Collins and Sirma Bilge (2016), and make complex connections to the context of clinical theories and applications focusing on epistemology, theory, supervision, and clinical practice in feminist therapies.

Within this issue, we will include theoretical development pieces as well as qualitative and quantitative studies that provide research findings applied to clinical practice and teaching future practitioners. We welcome conceptual and empirical pieces advancing understanding of intersectional theory and intersectional lived experiences and implications for mental health and well-being of women and girls. We recognize the value and power of personal narratives as well, and we want to welcome those contributions, if they are situated within considerable theorizing and scholarship on intersectionality. In addition, the issue editors view “women and girls” with a gender-diverse definition inclusive of trans* perspectives and gender-creative expressions.

We are especially interested in new and innovative applications of intersectional theory within a broad range of disciplines and a variety of contexts (e.g., social work, counseling, social psychology, medical settings, K-12 and higher education, organizations, incarceration and criminal justice, sport/athletic settings).

Intersectionality may be explored in relationship to diverse phenonomena, including:

  • the role of privilege and power;
  • complicating understanding of identity;
  • structural/systemic barriers and inequities;
  • making the invisible intersections visible;
  • feminist theory;
  • queer theories;
  • critical race theory and critical whiteness studies;
  • subjugated knowledge;
  • centering the voices of the marginalized (e.g., counter storytelling);
  • social justice action.

Devoted to descriptive, theoretical, clinical, and empirical perspectives on the topic of women and therapy, the journal is intended for feminist practitioners, individuals interested in the practice of feminist therapy, and faculty training future practitioners. We invite scholars to submit articles for consideration for this important issue of Women & Therapy. While you may or may not be a licensed psychologist, we invite you to theorize and stretch the applications of your work to possible clinical applications (e.g., training future practitioners and informing current practitioners). If you know of an early career colleague working on similar issues, especially those from traditionally underrepresented or marginalized groups, we encourage you to invite them to co-author an article with you, or suggest they submit a separate contribution to us.

If you are interested in this (ad)venture, as we hope you are, please take note of the following:

  • OPTIONAL- An abstract of 400-500 words may be submitted to the editors by email ( preferably by April 1, 2018. Abstracts/proposals should feature the working title of the proposed article, the author or authors responsible for it, together with the contact information of the author(s). Please describe what you intend to cover in your article so we can anticipate the contents and focus, as well as plan the special issue in terms of topics covered. Issue editors will provide feedback on submitted abstracts to support development of the manuscript.
  • Prospective authors are encouraged to write an article specifically for the volume. However, it is also possible to draw on already published work, adapting this to address the theme of the volume. Copyright clearance for work that has already been published is entirely the responsibility of the contributing authors, and evidence of such clearance may be required by the publishers when we submit the final draft of the volume.
  • Chapters should be a maximum of 25 double spaced pages in length, including title page, references, abstract, and all other parts of the manuscript.
  • APA style- References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Cite in the text by author and date (Smith, 1983) and include an alphabetical list at the end of the article. All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 100 words.
  • Title page with author names and contact information should be sent in a separate file from the manuscript. The manuscript file should have no information that identifies the author(s). Both should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format to using the running head as the name of the file, then an underscore, then title page or manuscript. Example below:

    • Intersectionality in clinical practice_title page
    • Intersectionality in clinical practice_manuscript
  • Chapters need to be written in English. Language editing is the responsibility of the authors.
  • For consideration, manuscripts must be submitted by August 20, 2018. Manuscripts may be submitted early. Manuscripts submitted after this date will not be eligible for inclusion in the issue.

We do hope you will consider this invitation, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely your special issue editor team,

Kim A. Case, Ph.D., University of Houston-Clear Lake

NiCole Buchanan, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Desdamona Rios, Ph.D., University of Houston-Clear Lake