Call for Narratives: The Effectiveness of Continuing Education – A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective



A Multidisciplinary Peer-Reviewed Online Journal

Published by Cleveland State University School of Social Work


Call for Narratives: The Effectiveness of Continuing Education – A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective

Submission due: May 31, 2019



For decades, social work professionals have been responsible for remaining current with changing knowledge and skills via continuing education. This is also true for allied professions as well. This commitment to lifelong learning is one of the core tenets of all professions. With the rapid changes affecting the human services environment, including managed care, value-based work, growing work with diverse populations, and changes in the political landscape, professional education needs to ensure that their practitioners remain responsive to systemic needs. As such, it is critical that social work and other continuing education remain up to date with professional practice, knowledge, and skills. It is important that we are questioning how continuing education is being provided, received, and put into practice. We must look at both the challenges and success that continuing education is facing as it responds to the thousands of practitioners who are in need of furthering their skills and competencies.  Thus, there is a need for the special section in the Reflections Journal issue on this topic.


Aim and Scope of Special Section

Guest editors are seeking narrative expositions and reflections from continuing education providers as well as those affected – including government, academics, social workers and other practitioners themselves – who are aware of the importance of both offering and participating in courses.  Reflections on the design and use of technological advances to deliver continuing education as well as on content to encourage practitioners to remain technologically up-to-date are welcome. Submissions could include personal experiences with continuing education, the range of continuing education offered (quality, topics, and accessibility), gaps in and opportunities for continuing education, and/or hopes for continuing education moving forward.


This Special Section Focuses on Narratives From...

Individuals who are intersecting with professional continuing education and individuals who have had experiences with professional continuing education and ideally, those who can speak to bridging that impact with larger systems, including organizations, communities, and policies. All submissions should range from 1200-8000 words in length.


For inquiries about submission for this special section, contact Guest Editor: Patricia Gray, LCSW, Silberman School of Social Work,


Additional Guest Editors: Dr. Shakira Kennedy, Touro School of Social Work,, Dr. Eric Levine, Touro School of Social Work,, Dr. Lynn Levy, Wurzweiler School of Social Work,, Amanda Saake, LMSW, Coalition for Behavioral Health,, Benjamin Sher, LMSW, New York University School of Social Work,


To submit a manuscript, please visit, register as an Author, login and submit to the special section on the Effectiveness of Continuing Education. For further instructions, see About (Submissions) and Announcements (Reflections Author Instructions).