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Clinical Social Work Journal publishes leading, peer-reviewed original articles relevant to contemporary clinical practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. It also presents innovations in theoretical, practice, evidence-based clinical research, and interdisciplinary approaches.

  • Devoted to the advancement of clinical knowledge and insight of practitioners, educators, researchers, and policymakers.
  • Explores the complexities of clinical social work practice considering the intersectionality of identities, cultural factors, social forces, and historical contexts in understanding clinical issues and applying modalities, methods, and skills.
  • Please see “Journal Updates” for our ongoing calls for papers and for information about our podcast and social media accounts. 


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  • Melissa D. Grady
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2.8 (2022)
5 year impact factor
2.6 (2022)
Submission to first decision (median)
6 days
458,218 (2023)

Latest issue

June 2024 |

Volume 52, Issue 2

Special Issue on Child Welfare: Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Clinical Social Work Practice and Other Articles

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  • Clinical Social Work Journal's Policy on Publishing Clinical Material

    It is often through the sharing of clinical experiences and encounters with clients that learning can take place. However, it is critical that clients be protected through this sharing and that their privacy and rights be protected at all times. To that end, the Clinical Social Work Journal has adopted a policy that authors must follow in order to ensure that the material they include in any case presentation protects the client. Please read the full policy here and ensure that content in your submission abides by these guidelines before submitting. 

  • Call for Papers: Global Insights into Clinical Social Work with Sexual and Gender Diverse/Expansive People

    The Clinical Social Work Journal (CSWJ) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue entitled “Global Insights into Clinical Social Work with Sexual and Gender Diverse/Expansive People.” We seek manuscripts providing clinical social workers with a deeper understanding of practice with LGBTQ+ people across the globe. We seek papers from various cultures/countries that explore how gender-sensitive clinical interventions are offered in various global locations. 

    Such papers could focus on challenges clinical social workers experience in providing such services in their communities given the context of those communities, as well as affirming practices with this population. We also seek papers that explore the unique clinical issues that clinical social workers see in those communities given the local attitudes and legal rights in those contexts.

    Guest Editors: 

    Trevor G. Gates, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Professor at Colorado State University Pueblo
    Bindi Bennett, PhD, Professorial Research Fellow at Centre for Reconciliation, Truth, and Justice at Federation University Australia
    Anh Tu Hoang, MD, PhD, Executive Director at Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population Vietnam

    Deadlines: Abstracts should be submitted by August 25, 2023. Full invited manuscripts should be submitted by February 25, 2024.

  • Guidelines for Reviewers

    Reviewer expertise and feedback are critical in maintaining the journal’s high scholarly standards.

    The Editorial Board has helped to create guidelines for the review process. These are meant as guidelines and NOT required in completing a review. However, we hope that they will be helpful in identifying important considerations for manuscripts that are under review for the journal and that you will consider them during the review process.

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