About This Journal

In the fall 2017, International Society for Policy Research and Evaluation in School-Based Counseling (ISPRESC) launched an international scholarly journal for practicing counselors, counselors in training, and academics aligned with school-based counseling across the globe. To become an ISPRESC Member and receive Listserve news and information about meetings and events, please follow the link below and complete the Membership Registration Form online. There is no cost to join.

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The journal's acceptance rate for 2022 was 29%.

Open Access Statement

JSCPE is an open-access journal. Being open access indicates the content in this journal is free without charge to interested readers and institutions. Anyone is allowed to download, read, print, distribute, and share articles from this journal without requesting permission from the author or journal editor. JSCPE operates in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access.

The Journal of School-Based Counseling Policy and Evaluation (JSCPE) is an open-access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that helps fulfill the mission of ISPRESC by disseminating research, theory, and scholarly discussion. Specifically, the JSCPE promotes an international conversation among policymakers, advocates, and researchers about the need for innovative and wide-ranging school-based counseling policymaking that is founded on scientific evidence and rigorous evaluations. For permission for use in research and publication please contact the copyright holders directly.

Journal Goals

To disseminate: (a) High quality school-based counseling research related to policy and evaluation, (b) Innovations in school-based counseling policy and evaluation, (c) Evidence-based conceptual or theoretical approaches to school-based counseling research and evaluation methods related policy studies, and (d) Accountability methods in school-based counseling policy and evaluation.


School-based counseling: The purposeful support of student development within school settings by human services practitioners, including but not limited to school counselors, guidance counselors, college-career counselors, mental health counselors, drug-alcohol counselors, educational/school psychologists, academic counselors, and school social workers.

To learn more about the importance of research in the area of school-based counseling policy and evaluation, listen to the following interview with Dr. Jay Carey.

Sink Award for Outstanding Publication in JSCPE

ISPRESC recognizes individuals who published outstanding theoretical/conceptual or research-based manuscripts in the Journal of School-based Counseling Policy and Evaluation. This yearly award is selected by the journal’s editorial board through a voting process that is facilitated by the journal editor. This award is named after Dr. Christopher Sink, who was the founding editor of the journal. Dr. Sink exemplified professionalism, scholarship, and service through his dedication to this journal and the Society as a whole. Articles recognized by this award standout as exceptional publications that advanced the field of school-based counseling policy and evaluation. Below are the award recipients: