Reflections from the Editorial Team: Valuing Lived Experience


  • Darlyne Bailey Bryn Mawr College
  • Monica Leisey Salem State University
  • F. Ellen Netting Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kelly McNally Koney The Kyla Alliance


lived experience, creative expression, empathy, narrative writing, mental health, emotion


Reflections Volume 30(2) begins with an update from the Editorial Leadership Team and our appreciation for the many people who give of their time to make Reflections a reality. We continue to explore narrative writing as a means to share lived experience as authors tell their stories about encounters and interactions that transformed their personal and professional lives. We are excited to be highlighting 11 engaging manuscripts in this General Issue in which poetry, art, musical lyrics, and narratives are used to focus on the mental health needs of helping professionals, their clients, and their communities.

Author Biographies

Darlyne Bailey, Bryn Mawr College

Darlyne Bailey, PhD, LISW is Editor-in-Chief, Reflections, Professor and Dean Emeritus; Director, Social Justice Initiative, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (

Monica Leisey, Salem State University

Monica Leisey, PhD is Associate Editor, Reflections; Professor and Program Director, School of Social Work, Salem State University, Salem, MA (

F. Ellen Netting, Virginia Commonwealth University

F. Ellen Netting, PhD is Associate Editor, Reflections and Professor Emerita, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (

Kelly McNally Koney, The Kyla Alliance

Kelly McNally Koney, MSSA is Assistant Editor, Reflections and Founder/Lead Consultant, The Kyla Alliance LLC, Fairview, NC (




How to Cite

Bailey, D., Leisey, M., Netting, F. E., & McNally Koney, K. (2024). Reflections from the Editorial Team: Valuing Lived Experience. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 30(2), 4–9. Retrieved from



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