REVISED!! Call for Submissions: The Impact of COVID-19 on Preparing Future Helping Professionals and on Preparing Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities


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 and on Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities
Submissions due: March 31, 2021


The COVID 19 pandemic has led to unprecedented challenges for professional education, leadership, and practice across a broad array of units, such as social work, psychology, criminal justice, health care, nursing, disability services, and all practice environments. Educators and practitioners are facing the challenges of financial cuts to agencies, hospitals, and mental health facilities in which they practice, supervise students, and provide critical service to clients whose mental health issues have been exacerbated amidst this pandemic.  Treatment is provided, in some cases, only through telehealth, and many practitioners are finding themselves learning and adapting to new technology along with their clients. Students and faculty are experiencing stressors associated with the closure of departments and schools within universities, necessitating furlough of faculty and support staff and disruption to student learning and services.  Students may not have a face-to-face field placement and may not see the inside of a classroom or their classmates in ‘real’ time for more than a year.  How are educators and practitioners adapting to this new environment?  What are the effects on students, faculty, practitioners, clients, and institutions?  

We solicit manuscripts that tell the stories of interpersonal interactions, witnessed events, and experiences impacted by the logistics of reopening campuses or learning online while keeping students and faculty safe, embracing new teaching technologies and methodologies for online education, and interacting via media platforms and the impact of the pandemic on practitioners, their clients, and the institutional cultures in which they work. We seek rich narratives that explore all aspects of the impact of COVID19 on professional practice and 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 issue will consider the impact of COVID19 on professional schools, campus academic units, field and practicum placements, multiple community stakeholders, and clinical practitioners in all fields of practice. 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 with individuals, families, groups and communities.

For inquiries about submissions for this special section, contact Guest Editors:

Dr. Katherine Selber, Professor of Social Work, Texas State University,

Dr. Lynn Levy, Associate Clinical Professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University,

To Submit a Manuscript, please visit, register as an author, login and submit to the special section on The Impact of COVID 19 on Preparing Future Helping Professionals and on Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, and Communities.  For further instructions, see Submissions and Instructions for Authors.