• UPDATED!! 3 Calls for Submissions on Racial Injustice & Systemic Racism

    2020-11-19

    The year 2020 has been filled with multiple crises, some new (COVID-19) and others that are as old as the nation itself. The most egregious of these is the systemic racism that undergirds the structures within which we live, work, and educate the next generation. Throughout the past year, many voices have begun to explicitly acknowledge the harm that systematic and systemic racism perpetuates. We at Reflections believe that we have a responsibility to support and further the hard work required to acknowledge and then respond to the multiple harms and tragic events caused by this racism. We also believe that the stories we share with each other can help us to learn from one other, continue to grow collectively, and better prepare the next generation of helping professionals. Such stories can also help to ensure that these times are not forgotten. 

    To these ends, Reflections is disseminating three (3) calls for manuscripts, all related to the experience of racism.  Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts to the call within which they believe their manuscript best fits. The key difference in the three calls is two-fold: the role from which the author is reflecting and the experience about which they are reflecting.

    The foci of the three calls are these:

    • Patricia Gray's call is for authors who are practitioners in the helping professions, separate from the classroom setting. Practicing While Black is due April 15, 2021.
    • Tiffany Baffour and Shonda Lawrence are issuing A Call for Social Work Educators to Confront and Dismantle Systemic Racism Within Social Work Programs. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2021.
    • Priscilla Gibson's call is for the personal experiences of helping professionals (across fields) with racial injustice. This Call, Black Racial Injustice: Personal Reflections to Change Strategies, is closed to new submissions.

    It is our fervent hope that these three calls will provide members of the helping professions opportunities to reflect on their personal, practice, and teaching experiences.  We look forward to publishing these reflections throughout 2021, thereby keeping our collective focus on the work that continues to be done in challenging and addressing the tenacious pervasiveness of racism in our personal and professional lives.

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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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  • NEW!! 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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