Call for Manuscripts - Mental Wellness & Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

We welcome articles that contain practical applications for Adventist education in theory, practice, and research that could be useful for the international readership of JAE.

The Journal of Adventist Education May 22, 2024

Guest Editors: Charity Garcia, PhD and Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, LMSW, CCTP, CFTP
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, U.S.A.

The widespread and ongoing impacts of trauma and mental health crises are being experienced by educators and students throughout the world, including Adventist education. Principles of whole-person development are foundational to the transformative and redemptive work outlined within our Seventh-day Adventist educational philosophy. 

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders; it “is a state of mental well-being that helps individuals to cope, realize their abilities, learn well, work well, and contribute to their community.* Schools that intentionally promote these principles through trauma-informed pedagogical practices in the classroom help students develop the capacity to make better decisions, build relationships, and move into the world answering the great commission. 

This special issue of The Journal of Adventist Education®(JAE) provides a biblical approach to supporting educators and students experiencing the impact of adverse experiences. Using a range of research, training, and service perspectives, it will address the following question: What is being and can be done to promote mental wellness and engage in trauma-informed pedagogy in Christian elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions? 

To further explore mental health and trauma-informed pedagogy, articles submitted to JAE for this issue should focus on the following potential topics:

  • Foundations of faith-based mental health in educational settings (early childhood, elementary, middle school, secondary, higher education)
  • Foundational understandings of the impacts of trauma on the brain, body, beliefs, biology, and behavior—and a framework for actionizing trauma-informed approaches within a school environment.
  • Practical advice, information, and “how-to” examples applicable to various educational settings (trauma-informed pedagogy across the school, grade levels, and/or content areas).
  • Responding to, disrupting, and preventing trauma in educational settings.

We welcome articles that contain practical applications for Adventist education in theory, practice, and research that could be useful for the international readership of JAE.

* WHO, “Mental Health” (2024):

Submission Deadline:          August 1, 2024
Submission Portal:        

Notification of receipt will occur upon submission; acceptance notification will occur after the submission deadline. All articles will be peer-reviewed.

Format: Articles, not including references, charts, figures, and tables, generally should not exceed 12 pages. The manuscript should be double-spaced, using 12-point type, standard margins, and paragraph indentions. JAE uses the Chicago Manual of Style; however, submissions will be considered in the style format used by the author.  

Article Types:
: 3500-4000 words (not including references)
Best Practices at Work: 1500-2000 words
Perspective: 2500-3000 words
Book Review: 900-1100 words
Resource/Promotion: 1000-1500 words

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Submission Guidelines


Faith-Ann McGarrell

PhD, is the Editor of The Journal of Adventist Education®. Prior to this appointment, Dr. McGarrell served as Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and Program Director for Curriculum and Instruction. Over the past 20 years, Dr. McGarrell has taught at all levels—elementary through graduate.

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