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


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

We welcome submissions 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. 

Guidelines for authors: 

  • Convey interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, and felt experiences in a narrative format. Be clear about the author(s)’ role (e.g. practitioner, recipient of service, teacher, field instructor, student, researcher, other);
  • Place your narrative within the context of a well-told story that helps readers discover new ways of thinking about the personal, the professional, and the political in our lives; 
  • Root your narrative in the rich and detailed portrayal of key moments, examples, and vignettes that fully portray the interaction taking place between and among the people involved;
  • Place your reflection within a historical context, focus on the present, and consider the implications of your narrative for the future;
  • Use references that might draw connections between the content and the published literature or that might assist the reader in understanding conceptual or theoretical conclusions about the nature of professional practice;
  • Draw any conclusions about the need for qualitative or quantitative research related to the issues arising from your narrative.

For more information about the narrative form, see Kanary, J. (2014). "Show and Tell."  

Practice Section (Dr. Jon Christopher Hall, Editor) - The process of being a practitioner or becoming a recipient of service can stimulate valuable narratives. For example, these narratives give voice to practitioners who work and advocate with individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities; participate in social justice and civic engagement work; or become recipients of service in the very systems in which they have practiced.

Field Education Section (Dr. Beth Lewis, Editor) - The process of field advisement and field instruction, as well as the experience of being a student in a practicum, can stimulate valuable narratives. For example, consider building narratives around insights gained from process recordings and verbatims or from supervisory relationships or other field experiences in which co-learning occurred. 

Teaching & Learning Section (Dr. Arlene Reilly-Sandoval, Editor) - The process of teaching, or being a student, continues the journal's practice of publishing narrative accounts about education and training. For example, classroom experiences, teaching innovations, university-community partnerships, continuing education, and other formal learning opportunities offer valuable insight.

Research Section (Dr. Monica Leisey, Editor) - Although Reflections does not publish research results or literature reviews, the journal has a long history of publishing narratives of the interpersonal aspects of the research process. For example, explore the experience of collaboration in the design, development, implementation, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative studies or program evaluations.

Submissions (within the range of 1200-8000 words) from short narratives focused on a single vignette to longer stories with multiple portrayals of interaction and references to the literature are welcome. For more information on submitting narratives, please feel free to contact the journal at and you will be put in contact with one of the editors. 

To Submit: "Register" with Reflections. Complete your user profile selecting both "Author" & "Reader" as roles. Once registered, you can "Make A New Submission" from the "Submissions" tab on the Reflections "Home Page." Be sure to select the appropriate Permanent or Special Section in which you would like to have your submission considered.  For full instructions see "Reflections Author Instructions."

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The Editorial Leadership Team

Editor-in-Chief: Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW (Professor and Dean Emeritus, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research)

Associate Editors: Monica Leisey, PhD (Salem State University); F. Ellen Netting, PhD (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Assistant Editor: Kelly McNally Koney, MSSA