Editor-in-Chief: Kenta Asakura
Editorial Assistant: Maria Maldonado-Morales
About the Journal
The Smith College School for Social Work is one of a very small number of graduate schools across the country that publishes its own journal. The Smith College Studies in Social Work first appeared in 1930, 12 years after the School was founded. The journal is housed at Neilson Library, Smith College.
Over its long and distinguished history, the journal has contributed significantly to the development of clinical knowledge, publishing manuscripts by a wide range of influential social work thinkers and practitioners. As a peer-reviewed publication, the Studies in Social Work advances the School for Social Work's mission and serves as the school's voice within the larger professional community. The journal publishes manuscripts on all aspects of clinical social work theory and practice, emphasizing topics that are of particular interest to the faculty and that complement curricula initiatives. In recent years, published manuscripts have discussed emerging theoretical paradigms, research and policy issues relevant to direct practice, therapeutic process, clinical teaching, supervising practice, culturally and racially attuned therapeutic work with diverse client populations and international reports on practice.
Aim and Scope
Smith College Studies in Social Work (Smith Studies) was founded in 1930 by Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) in Northampton, MA. Founded in 1918, Smith SSW is the nation’s first psychiatric (clinical) social work program and has since been a leader of graduate training in clinical social work. Over its long and distinguished history, the journal has contributed significantly to the development of clinical knowledge, having published manuscripts by a wide range of influential social work thinkers and practitioners.
Continuing its leadership in and commitment to advancing the field of clinical social work, Smith College Studies in Social Work is a refereed journal that serves as a forum for clinicians, social work educators, practicum instructors, and researchers to share high quality work that critically engages and advances knowledge and practice of clinical social work. The journal has a renewed commitment to publishing critical work that reflects implications for promoting racial and social justice within a clinical process as well as advancing practice with individuals, families, and small groups in oppressed and marginalized communities. The journal welcomes submissions of empirically sound research of all types of methodology (i.e., quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods, review methods). The journal also welcomes conceptual work (e.g., theoretical, case studies) that introduces innovative practice approaches or pedagogical practice and/or helps advance clinicians’ commitment to racial and social justice in a practice context. Arguments made in the articles must be grounded in relevant literature and contribute to advancing the field of contemporary clinical social work.
Peer Review Policy: All papers published in this journal have undergone editorial screening and anonymous double-blind review. Smith College Studies in Social Work is published by Taylor and Francis.