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Write for SSWN: Call For Articles For 2021-22

Write for SSWN:  Call For Articles For 2021-22

Since we re-launched the SSWN site in late 2016, we’ve had over 70 authors share their work with our thousands of readers. If you’ve been part of that journey, you know how wide-ranging and interesting our contributors’ work has been, covering trauma-informed care, anti-racist practice, self-care during this pandemic time, and providing research, tools, and strategies for your daily SSW practice. So if you’ve ever thought about writing for SSWN, we want to hear from you!

We’d like to invite you to become a SSWN contributor during this unprecedented upcoming 2021-22 school year. On behalf of our Managing Editor Ms. Sean Delaney, I want to invite all of our readers to consider writing about what you do on SSWN this year. As Sean describes our Call for Articles here:

SSWN: Call for Articles

SSWN Managing Editor Sean Delaney, Loyola SMHAPP Certificate ’20

“We are calling for articles that cover the professional practice of school social work as well as other practice concepts, thematic areas of interest, and research. The network site welcomes articles, interviews, research briefs, book reviews, and more! While the site is geared at the wide array of school-based mental health practitioners, we welcome voices from educators and school staff, administrators, clinicians, nurses, and researchers. Items to consider in your initial proposal: Working Title and/or Article Description, Theme/Topic Area, Target Audience. If you have questions about the suitability of your topic to the site or would like to begin the drafting process, please contact the editors for guidance: Sean Delaney, [email protected], or Dr. Michael Kelly, [email protected]. Thanks!”-Sean Delaney

Getting Started

We know that the idea of writing about what you do can be a bit intimidating at first, and we’re here to support you as new SSWN contributors. To get you started, we’ve put together a short Google Form that allows you to “pitch” us an idea, however preliminary or tentative it might be, and to let us get started helping you shape it into an article to submit to SSWN. Here’s the Google Form link and you can start putting your ideas there asap. In the meantime, here’s some more details about what we’re looking for to publish this school year on SSWN.

  • What’s your article idea? What do you want our readers to know more about? We’re looking for a variety of work here, and here are some examples based on previous work we’ve published: a 1st-person reflection, based on the practitioners’ own attempts to balance work and family and find effective self-care routines; a description of practice innovations you’ve developed since the pandemic began; a research brief based on a particularly helpful you found and what you’ve done with the research findings; and so on. Take a look around our site and you’ll see that we’ve been able to publish a wide range of materials so far, and we’re eager to see what you might want to contribute.
  • What’s a working title for your article, and who’s your target audience? This is from my own writing playbook, in that I like to think of titles for a potential article, and envision who I want to read it, to help me get going. Right now anything you write and publish on SSWN will be seen by 10-15,000 unique visitors a month, the majority of them fellow school-based mental health practitioners, along with some researchers, policymakers, parents, and other educators. Who do you want to reach with your work?
  • What topic area or department on our site fits your idea? You can see from our site masthead that we have a range of articles under a variety of departments: “Interventions,” “Tools for Practice,” “Research that Matters,” and several other categories. You can decide that your idea fits within one or all of these, but use these as a guide for you to think about what you want to write about.
  • Do you want to do something other than write an article? Cool, tell us about it. We know that especially in this visual era where lots of our information is coming to us via our phones and tablets that there are new and exciting ways for people to get good content: podcasts, infographics and other data visualizations, and short videos. We have some of these already embedded into the monthly work on SSWN, but we’re eager to add more and are very open to new and creative ways for you to share what you do.
  • Whatever you create will be yours, and to share however you wish. While SSWN is an all-volunteer operation and we aren’t paying ourselves or our contributors, we are also committed to helping you grow your writing and content creation work and to have ways to share that with our audience and others you want to reach. With my co-editor Scott Carchedi and Managing Editor Sean Delaney, we’ve built a variety of ways for your work to get out through our multiple social media channels, including our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube sites. This area is one we will continue to refine and develop this year–join us in adding your work to this to grow your own social media presence and to share your expertise with the broader SSW and school mental health community.

Here’s that link to pitch us on your article ideas again. On behalf of Sean and Scott, we hope you have a safe and meaningful school year starting next month, and we’d love to hear more from you when you’re ready. We’ve already had 70 contributors over the last 5 years–maybe we can get to 100 by the end of this school year with your help!

Prof. Kelly outside Oxford University Press (OUP) in Oxford, UK. OUP has published 5 of Prof. Kelly’s books, as well as many other great SSW books since the early 2000s. Some of the photos for this article are from the OUP Museum he visited in 2019.

About The Author

Michael Kelly

Michael S. Kelly PhD, LCSW is the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Professor and Director of the School Mental Health Advanced Practice certificate and Family and School Partnerships Program at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. Prior to coming to Loyola in Fall 2006, he was a school social worker, family therapist, and youth minister in the Chicago area for 14 years. He has authored over 80 journal articles, books, and book chapters on school social work, evidence-based practice (EBP), and positive youth development. He is a fellow of the Oxford Symposium for School-Based Family Counseling, co-Chair of the Society for Social Work & Research SSW Special Interest Group, Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of School Social Work, and Associate Editor of School Mental Health. He has recently brought his work on school mental health and EBP to researchers and practitioners in England, Rhode Island, Wyoming, Canada, Chile, and Japan.

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