Journal of Human Services

Best Practices in Human Services Education 

Call for Contributions to the
Special Issue:

Best Practices in Human Services Education

We are pleased to announce an opportunity for authors to contribute to a special issue of the Journal of Human Services focusing on best practices in human services education. We are calling for empirical submissions only and will publish original research contributing to a body of best practices in human services education. We value studies using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.
Researchers, faculty, administrators, students, and practitioners in human services and closely related fields are invited to contribute.
Please see below for specifics about our call for submissions.

About Human Services

The field of Human Services is uniquely defined as a discipline focusing on meeting human needs through prevention, intervention, and advocacy to improve the overall quality of life of vulnerable populations. The Human Services field promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing the quality of direct services, and by improving accessibility, accountability, and coordination among various disciplines in services delivery. With a primary mission to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible within all domains of living, the National Organization for Human Services supports human services practitioners, educators, students, and future human services professionals.

The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS)

Since 1975, NOHS has strived to develop and strengthen human services education programs at the associate, bachelor, masters, and doctoral levels with an expressed purpose to foster excellence in teaching, research, and curriculum planning. The flagship journal of NOHS, the Journal of Human Services (JHS), regularly publishes articles contributing to this purpose. However, we are still growing in the area of evidence-based practices in human services education. A special issue of JHS focusing solely on empirical research will contribute to the growing body of literature on educational best practices.

Thus, successful submissions for this special issue will privilege original research on how to educate human services professionals (HSPs) to meet NOHS’ mission to assist diverse populations and communities to function as effectively as possible within all domains of living. Aligning with the purpose of NOHS, this special issue will explore best practices to promote human services education on excellent delivery systems, ethical helping, and effective advocacy.

Scope of the Special Topics Issue

Human services is a distinct field comprised of professionals with diverse educational and professional backgrounds that include corrections, mental health, childcare, social services, human resource management, gerontology, developmental disabilities, addictions, recreation, and education. This special issue calls for perspectives on education of HSPs from diverse backgrounds on interprofessional practices. Within the scope of human services, HSPs work alongside other providers, including health and medical staff, psychologists, social workers and counselors, criminal justice and public safety staff, governmental experts and non-profits agencies, faith-based programs, etc., to construct systematic, efficient, and effective approaches to meeting human needs through prevention, intervention, and advocacy. We encourage research on the education of generalist HSPs as well as specialized areas of human services work and interprofessional practice.

 About the Journal of Human Services

JHS is published annually and is the leading source for the latest research in the profession. While interprofessional, the principal audiences of the JHS are faculty members and researchers, administrators, practitioners, and human service undergraduate and graduate students. Content includes policy, clinical issues, treatment and service design and provision, training and supervision in the human services, and career and professional issues. Authors are encouraged to read past articles in the Journal of Human Services to better understand what types of articles make the strongest contributions.

Administrative Editor: Dr. Christian Williams, Assistant Professor, Assumption University

Guest Chief Editors: Dr. Cinzia Pica, Professor, Assumption University

 How to submit a manuscript for review for publication in the special issue

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the 2020 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. Conceptual and research manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, including references and tables. Please submit by April 1, 2023 for anticapted publication in Fall 2023.

The following instructions apply to all submissions:

1. Manuscripts should be well organized and present the idea in a clear and concise manner. Use headings and subheadings to guide the reader. Avoid the use of jargon and sexist terminology.
2. Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point type with margins of at least one inch on all four sides. All materials should be double spaced including references.
3. Avoid footnotes wherever possible.
4. Tables should be kept to a minimum. Include only essential data and combine tables whenever possible. Final placement of tables is at the discretion of the editors.
5. Figures (graphs, illustrations) must be supplied in electronic format and must be in black and white with a minimum of gray shading. Use of submitted figures or a re-rendering of the figures for clarity is at the discretion of the editors.
6. Two (2) copies of the manuscript must be electronically submitted (Microsoft Word or text file versions only) to [email protected]. The first version should include, on a separate page, the title of the article, the names of the authors, their professional titles, and their institutional affiliations. The second version must be free of any identifying information. Articles’ titles and headings should be as short as possible. Please identify your email as a special topics submission in the subject line.
7. Check all references for completeness; make sure all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa. Please include doi numbers when relevant.
8. Manuscripts are edited for consistency of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In some cases, portions of manuscripts may be reworded for conciseness or clarity of expression.
9. Manuscripts are accepted for review with the understanding that they represent original work and are not under review by another publication.

NOTE: All manuscripts must meet the specifications detailed above or they will be returned to the authors before review for publication.

Send two (2) electronic Microsoft Word or text file versions of the manuscript, one with and one without identifying information, as well as inquiries concerning the publication via e-mail to:

Journal of Human Services (JHS)
[email protected]