NEW!! Call for Submissions: The Impact of COVID-19 on Preparing Future Helping Professionals


REFLECTIONS: Narratives of Professional Helping

A Multidisciplinary Peer-Reviewed Online Journal
Published by Cleveland State University School of Social Work

Call for Submissions: The Impact of COVID-19 on Preparing Future Helping Professionals
Submissions due: January 15, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges for professional education and leadership across a broad array of units, such as social work, psychology, criminal justice, health care, nursing, and disability services. These units are committed to preparing future helping professionals, and they are facing the challenges of financial cuts that have already closed departments and universities, necessitated furloughs and faculty and staff losses, upturned internship opportunities, and disruptions in student learning. We solicit manuscripts that tell the stories of interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, and experiences impacted by the logistics of reopening campuses while keeping students and faculty safe, embracing new teaching technologies and methodologies for online education, and interacting via media platforms. We seek rich narratives that explore all aspects of the impact of COVID-19 on professional education from an interdisciplinary perspective and offer new ways of thinking about the personal, the professional, and the political in the lives of faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

Aim and Scope of Special Section

This Special Section will consider the impact of COVID-19 on professional schools, campus academic units, field and practicum placements, and multiple community stakeholders. Please share your insights about potential paths forward, lessons learned, and how we can effectively prepare the next generation of helping professionals to practice in these chaotic and difficult times.

This Special Section Focuses on Narratives From . . .

Faculty, staff, students, interns, community practitioner partners and anyone impacted by COVID-19 in preparing future helping professionals for practice.

For inquiries about submissions for this special section, contact Guest Editor: Dr. Katherine Selber, Professor of Social Work, Texas State University,

To Submit a Manuscript, please visit the Reflections home page (, register as an author, login and submit to the Special Section on The Impact of COVID-19 on Preparing Future Helping Professionals. For further instructions, see "Instructions for Authors" and "Submissions."