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You can submit reviews and summaries of articles published in psychology journals, or compare and contrast two or more articles on the same topic, if your review is written for a general audience. Please provide a full citation for all articles reviewed, and be certain that your summary does not infringe on the original copyright. Do not review professional journal articles you have published, as that would be considered a public relations article. However, you can rewrite an article previously published for a professional journal, in a fomat more appropriate to a consumer magazine.

Consumer articles describing the effectiveness of a specific treatment approach for a psychological problem, or comparing two or more treatment approaches, are also welcome. You might consider discussing the impact of a psychological problem on a particular group (e.g. social phobia among teens) or a treatment approach with a specific group (e.g. group treatment of teens with social phobia). Another possibility is the comparison of two theoretical approaches, either with a specific problem or providing a specific service (e.g. comparing psychodynamic and cognitive therapy groups for men). We are interested in articles written by licensed professionals (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, family therapists, professional counselors) who have both academic training and professional experience in their topic area.

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