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Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping

The purpose of Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping is to publish narratives, personal accounts that describe and explain the process of helping others and shaping social change over time.  The journal seeks to support the literary tradition and build a record of wisdom for critical study and fruitful discovery. It encourages stories that convey a sense of immediacy, portray practice across diverse populations, and capture the range and variety of strategies and systems within the helping professions. Reflections publishes stories of professional helpers such as ethicists, psychotherapists, community organizers, case and group workers, policy makers, family and child practitioners, health and mental health care providers, educators, researchers, and administrators in the helping and academic professions.


The central theme of the journal is narrative inquiry into professional practice. Reflections publishes personal accounts of professional action designed to aid and support human and social development. The stories have a literary presence, offer new perspectives on practice, and demonstrate the conceit of failure as well as success. The author/narrator explains the reasons for the action and freely identifies the mistakes made in the practice. The purpose of the narrative is not to demonstrate achievement; rather, it is to capture the experience.


Narratives are personal stories that give readers a fresh perspective about the practice of change. Written in a temporal sequence and/or within a thematic structure narratives recount the helping process. Narratives are explored within a contextual frame and supply a rich textual description of the experience: they take into account time, place, action, persons, behavior and interaction. Narratives explain and describe events; results; conflicts; complicating actions; and how, why, and what took place. In narratives, the writer evaluates the experience, whether or not there is a resolution, and explores the meaning of the experiences. Some narratives end with a coda, that is, a perspective on what occurred.


Thank you for your interest in being published by Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.   Here are the writing requirements:

  • Provide a cover or title page with the following information for each author: name, highest degree, title, affiliation, mail and email addresses, phone number;
  • Write an abstract of no more than 150 words and put this on a separate page without identifying information; 
  • Use APA 6th edition publications style for references;
  • Use Times New Roman style and 12 point font and Microsoft Word;
  • Do not exceed 30 double-spaced pages in length, exclusive of the abstract and references; no tables or figures accepted.
  • Mail three (3) hard copies of your manuscript to the editor listed on the call for papers, or to the Assistant Editor below.


Manuscripts are peer reviewed anonymously by members of the Executive and Editorial Board (see any issue after Volume 16, Number 3 for a current list of board members).  Publications decisions are typically made within four months. Authors will receive written review comments, with one of the following decisions:accept, accept with revisions, revise and resubmit, or reject. Once your article is accepted, you will need to email your final manuscript. Articles are copyedited before publication.Your publication release form will include a statement that you are responsible for any individual or agency/organization names that you mention .Reflections disclaims responsibility for references to individuals, organizations, facts, and opinions presented by published authors.For questions or discussion, please contact: Prof. Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW, Reflections Editor,


Submit manuscripts to: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Assistant Editor,


CSULB School of Social Work,

1250 Bellflower Blvd,, Long Beach, CA 90840


Rebecca Lopez, Acting Director, School of Social Work

Marilyn Potts, Associate Editor


Sonia Leib Abels, Founding Editor
Paul Abels, CSULB School of Social Work
Catherine Goodman, CSULB School of Social Work
Brian Lam, CSULB School of Social Work
Cheryl Lee, CSULB School of Social Work
Julie O’Donnell, CSULB School of Social Work


Richard Douglass, Eastern Michigan University, Health Administration Charles Garvin, University of Michigan, School of Social Work
Sheldon R. Gelman, Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Leon Ginsberg, University of South Carolina, College of Social Work
Alex Gitterman, Connecticut University, School of Social Work
E. Michael Gorman, San Jose State University, School of Social Work
Jane Gorman, New Mexico Highlands University, Department of Social Work Nina Heller, University of Connecticut, School of Social Work
Golie Jansen, Eastern Washington University, School of Social Work and Human Services
John A. Kayser, University of Denver, School of Social Work
Martin Kohn, Northeastern Ohio University, College of Medicine
Brenda McGadney, Siena Heights University, Social Work Program
William Meezan, Director of Policy and Research, Children’s Rights
David Prichard, University of New England, School of Social Work
Elizabeth Reichert, Southern Illinois University, School of Social Work
Ben Shepard, CUNY/NYC, College of Technology


Art Director: Robin Richesson
Assistant Editor: Wendi McLendon-Covey
Contributing Editors: John A. Kayser, Alex Gitterman and Ben Shepard
Media Editor: Agathi Glezakos