Dr. Rebecca Newgent is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Western Illinois University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation (CORE), now published by Taylor & Francis. We caught up with Dr. Newgent about the journal, the counseling profession, and what she looks forward to about CORE’s partnership with Taylor & Francis.
About the editor
What’s your field of expertise?
Clinical mental health counseling. I received my Master’s from Kent State University in Community Counseling and my Doctorate from The University of Akron in Guidance and Counseling with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision. I have in excess of 35 publications, 100 presentations, and several awarded external funds in my research interests of measurement and evaluation in counseling, counseling/clinical/supervision, and at-risk children. I initially became involved with CORE as an Editorial Board member for the inaugural issue.
About the journal
How would you sum up the journal in a sentence?
CORE is a growing journal of academic rigor that adds value to the profession and professionals working in the areas of outcome research and program evaluation.
How does CORE contribute to knowledge and understanding in counseling?
CORE fills an area of need in the counseling profession. It contributes to the knowledge base in the areas of outcome research, outcome-based diagnostic practices, outcome-based program evaluation, outcome measure reviews, and outcome research design. Articles focus on what works and how to implement what works in the field and the classroom.
Where do you see the journal in ten years’ time?
The future of CORE is bright; we are a growing journal with growing readership. I plan to continue readership growth and work toward an expanding recognition of CORE’s quality and integrity. I also aim to: expand the editorial board with more international members, increase our presence through additional abstracting/indexing, and gain a strong impact factor.
I think the profession of counseling will strengthen in this country and around the world as we increase our advocacy for professional issues and expand our research base.
About the research field
What are the key emerging research topics in counseling?
Some key topics and concerns are in the areas of diagnostic practices under DSM-5 and the ever-changing legal and ethical aspects of research, practice, and evaluation in a culturally pluralistic society.
I find it exciting that the counseling profession is so responsive to the ever-changing world of technology, that we have an active government affairs team that advocates for our profession and the clientele we serve, and that there is a movement toward a unified national counselor professional identity in licensure.
What does counseling mean to you?
Making a positive difference in people’s lives. It doesn’t matter what theory you use or what specialization you are; in the end we all have the same goal: making a positive difference.
What has been the most revolutionary development in this field in the last decade?
It was a little over a decade ago, but I see the development and implementation of the Chi Sigma Iota Counselor Advocacy Themes as crucial to the advancement of advocacy in the counseling profession.
About everything else…
What are you most looking forward to about CORE’s partnership with Taylor & Francis?
I am looking forward to a strong working relationship with mutual goals and responsiveness to needs, change, and new ideas.