Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping

Published by the Cleveland State University School of Social Work

A double-blind peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published quarterly on an open access basis (with no author fees)

Reflections is published as a double-blind peer-reviewed open access online journal. Over 100 professionals and academics for the fields of social work, psychology, nursing, narrative medicine, library science, psychiatry and other fields actively participate as peer reviewers. An Editorial Team of distinguished faculty ensures that manuscripts are of high quality. It is a forum for uncovering, evaluating, and conveying the diverse joys and pains of our work and for sharing the knowledge we derive from our experiences. Reflections utilizes narrative inquiry as its core focus. These narratives explore our communities, our students, our theories, our politics, our biases, our ethics, and our growth. It is a journal that uncovers connections that unite all of us and disconnections that divide us. This journal showcases educators, community and clinical practitioners, and students. Clients of social service systems are especially invited to share their perspectives.

From January 1995 to Volume 18#1 in 2012, Reflections was published by California State University, Long Beach, School of Social Work. As of May 2012, Reflections has a new home, publisher, and editor:

  • Cleveland State University (CSU) School of Social Work, is the Publisher (Cathleen Lewandowski, Director and Professor, contact
  • Darlyne Bailey (Professor and Dean Emeritus at Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research) is Editor in Chief Effective September 2018
  • Michael Dover of the CSU School of Social Work faculty served as Editor (2012-2017), Co-Editor (2017-2018) and now serves as Publisher; contact

Reflections is published online as an open access double blind peer-reviewed online journal. Readers, authors, agencies, professional associations, and schools and programs of social work or other professional education programs are invited to serve as Friends of Reflections. It has been a privilege that our School can play a role in ensuring that the journal will continue. We have sought to give full respect to the tradition the journal represents. We especially look forward to being in touch with the readers of Reflections, everyone who has contributed over the years, and prospective authors and subscribers for this beloved journal.