Call for Papers: Life After the MSW

The Clinical Social Work Journal (CSWJ) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue called "Life After the MSW". This special issue will be co-edited by the Editor in Chief of the journal, Melissa D. Grady, PhD and Kendra C. Roberson, PhD, the President of the Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA). In this issue we will be seeking manuscripts that offer readers a mix of historical/scholarly information about the topic, as well as concrete and practical information for soon to be and/or recent MSW graduates. The aim of this special issue is to offer practical advice to newer professionals in the field. We hope that the articles within this special issue can be used by faculty members and supervisors who are helping to train new social work practitioners, as well as by the graduates/students themselves.

Some examples of topics for this special issue could include, but are not limited to issues related to post-masters education, clinical supervision considerations, navigating and/or preparing for the licensure process, practicing clinical social work with a social justice lens, and potential career paths as a clinical social worker.

Interested authors should submit an abstract of no more than 750 words describing the proposed manuscript. Abstracts should be sent to both Melissa D. Grady at and Kendra Roberson at Those that are chosen will then be invited to submit full manuscripts that will be between 10-15 pages in length.

Each abstract should include the following:

  • Introduction of the topic AND its relevance to soon to be and/or recent MSW graduates
  • How the authors will provide practical information for the intended audience (e.g., bullet lists of areas to consider, tips for accessing information, resources that would be useful for further exploration, pros and cons of the issue, lists of questions that readers could consider for themselves)

In addition to the above, full manuscripts will also require:

  • Background information on the topic (e.g., historical background, any scholarly information on the topic)
  • Expanded practical information section as described above

Deadlines for the process:

  • Abstracts should be submitted by October 1, 2022.
  • Invitations for full manuscripts will be sent out by December 31, 2022.
  • Full manuscripts should be submitted by March 1, 2023. 

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa D. Grady at or Kendra Roberson at