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  • NEW!! Special Call for Care & Control: The Intersections of Professional Helping and Citizenship-Based Belonging

    2021-10-08

    Care & Control: The Intersections of Professional Helping and Citizenship-Based Belonging

    Submissions Due: April 1, 2022

    Disciplines within the broad field of “professional helping” have long been critiqued as operating within the discourses of charity, paternalism, surveillance, and benevolence. Importantly, such discourses and their accompanying practices have their roots in racism, sexism, colonialism, white supremacy, capitalism, heteropatriarchy, cisgenderism, sanism, and ableism to name a few axes of privilege and oppression. Within North American nation-states, professional helpers are concurrently functioning as purveyors of care and control of marginalized individuals and groups in society. It has been documented in the extant social sciences literature that care and control discourses and practices play an insidious and significant role in building the nation. This simultaneous mobilization of benevolent charity work operating as a site and technology of power and dominance in nation-building, rights-conferring, belonging, borders-patrolling, and homecare making warrants critical interrogation. This interrogation will enable the unravelling of the underlying chasms, pulls, ambiguities, and liminal spaces constructed and maintained within "professional helping" discourses and practices. This special section will contribute to the critical and intersectional social science scholarship by addressing contradictions, negotiations, possibilities, and the im/possibilities of providing professional care within the broad nexus of “citizenship.”

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  • A Letter from the Editorial Leadership Team

    2020-10-18

    Dear Reflections Community,

    We write to you during a horrific time amidst another horrific time for us all, and especially for those most closely impacted. In a world that is continuing to navigate the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic in which the existence of multiple health and health care disparities and inequities are now undeniable, we are also witnessing – and grappling with in profound and deeply personal ways – the realities of structural violence and racist injustices perpetuated throughout history. The casualties are measured in human lives and liberties, and the impacts are devastating.

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  • Permanent Call for Narrative Reflections on Practice, Field Education, Teaching & Learning, and Research

    2020-10-18

    Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is a double-blind peer reviewed, open-access, multidisciplinary journal that has been published since 1995. We are carried online by both Proquest Research Library and EBSCO SocIndex.

    Reflections authors and readers familiar with the mission of the journal are welcome to submit narratives that fit with the journal’s purpose. We welcome narrative reflections that engage helping professionals through lived experiences both personal and professional to our sections on Practice, Field Education, Teaching & Learning, and Research.

    Narratives are valuable because they reflect on the feelings, insights, and "aha" moments in which authors gained wisdom and self-awareness from their work with clients, colleagues, students, and others. They also contribute to empirical knowledge about the nature of practice in the helping professions. Finally, they often make important conceptual contributions that address unresolved theoretical problems.

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  • Permanent Call for Poetry, Art & Photography

    2020-10-18

    Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is a double-blind peer reviewed, open-access, multidisciplinary journal that has been published since 1995. We are carried online by both Proquest Research Library and EBSCO SocIndex.

    Reflections authors and readers familiar with the mission of the journal are welcome to submit poetry, artwork, and photography that fit with the journal’s purpose. We welcome creative forms of expression that engage helping professionals in poetic and visual ways to our Sections on Practice, Field Education, Teaching & Learning, and Research as well as to our Calls for Special Themed Sections.

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