About This Journal

Over the years, I enjoyed reading countless pages of some creatively crafted papers by graduate students on a variety of subjects; including, the synthesis of bio-psycho-social-spiritual theories; advancements to techniques of counseling and psychotherapy; poetry on family experience; descriptive captures of relational disjunctions; qualitative narratives; theory-based clinical case studies; explications of personal theories of change and book reviews written through cultural and critical perspectives. 

To this day, I recall how some papers stretched my imagination; challenged my thinking and expanded my perception. For example, one paper situated Narrative Therapy’s externalizing intervention on a continuum of time and space.  The writer was a first-year graduate student at the time.  Another writer crafted a cultural perspective review of Milan Kundera’s literary masterpiece, The Hitchhiking Game, that was unlike any book review I’ve read.  I returned the papers to the writers with my excited feedback, but that was the likely end of their papers’ circulation. 

The idea for the DCFT Scholarship Review emerged from a desire to honor graduate student writers and to provide a home for the written products of knowledge gained through study; of creativity generated by imagination; and critical thinking rooted in the art of inquiry.  The Scholarship Review is intended to house originality—the more exhaustive, the better; the more creative, the better; the more questions promoted, the better.  With a platform for the circulation of creative and fresh ideas, possibilities for the emergence of meaningful conversation are endless.

With anticipation,

  1. Luis Vargas, Ph.D.