Contribute to Connection magazine

Connect with Nova Scotia’s social workers, advocacy & community groups, heath care professionals and more.

We invite your original articles on any of the topics below including:

  • New developments in any area of social work
  • Findings from research that relates to the practice of social work or social justice
  • Opinion pieces on social justice and social work related issues

Please include a biography (100 words) including your website if applicable and briefly tell us why/how your submission is relevant to social work. Supporting photos may be used if space permits!

The Connection Editorial Committee reserves the right to edit all articles and reviews all articles for suitability and to ensure they meet the submission guidelines. The NSCSW reserves copyright for all articles published.

Become a contributor by submitting your article online below! We review all submissions and will contact you a week after the submission deadline. 

Submissions can also be sent to the College’s Promotions Coordinator, Collette Deschenes, at collette.deschenes@nscsw.org.

Write for a section in Connection magazine

How do you put social work ethics into action?

Share a story depicting your ethical decision making process. How did you consider your personal perspectives in relation to those that you work with, the environment you work in and the influence of the dominant narrative on those perspectives.

Frame your story through the following questions:

  1. What was the client’s point of view?
  2. What is/was my perspective as a worker?
  3. How did I, as a social worker, handle differences between the client and my own views?
  4. What choice was required?
  5. What were the alternative courses of action? What positions do these alternatives represent?
  6. Did the solution align with your goals as a social worker?

What’s your experience working towards social justice?

Social justice is a pillar of social work practice. Share a story or op-ed that described your experience working towards social justice.

Here are suggestions to frame your story:

  1. Focus on one social justice story—one event, or one place or one important relationship. Take some time to think about the elements of your story in the context of the challenge, choice and outcome. In this case, the outcome might also be the thing you learned, in addition to what actually happened.CHALLENGE: What specific challenge did you face?
    CHOICE: What was the specific choice you made?
    OUTCOME: What happened as a result of your choice? What hope can it give us?
  2. Share a story about the collective – Who are some of the “us’” that you’re a part of? (i.e. your generation, your classmates, the international climate movement). Share some stories that give readers an indication of the collective’s shared purpose and goals. , their values and the strengths of your collective?What are some stories of your generation or of the climate movement that give you the belief that together they could work to join you in creating real tangible change in the world.CHALLENGE: What was the challenge we faced?
    CHOICE: What specific choice did we make? What action did we take?
    OUTCOME: what happened as a result of our choice? What hope can it give3.     Share your social justice strategy – Share a “hopeful” strategic choice that readers can make. Craft a call out to readers that involves a commitment of time and resources. Vividly describe what can be achieved collectively if we take action together.
    If you are called to address a real challenge, a challenge so urgent you have motivated us to face it as well, then you also have a responsibility to invite us to join you in action that has some chance of success. A ‘story of now” is not simply a call to make a choice to act – it is a call to “hopeful” action.CHALLENGE: What is the challenge we face? What images make that challenge real?
    CHOICE: What specific choice are you asking us to make? What specific action should we take and when?
    OUTCOME:  What specific outcome could happen as a result of our choice? What hope can it give us?

Are you in private practice? We want to share your stories!

Share your honest perspective of your journey through building a private practice.

Here are some suggested topics:

  • Professional development in private practice
  • Choosing the path of private practice
  • Use of technology in practice
  • Choosing your niche
  • Creating a good referral base
  • Dealing with insurers
  • Building your business
  • Being your own boss: Building a private practice that works for you

We want to hear stories from the perspective of one the many diverse voices in our province.

This could include, but is not limited to, these voices:

  • Indigenous
  • African Nova Scotian
  • Acadian
  • LGTBQ
  • Disability community etc.

Share your social work research with a wide audience.

Submit a plain language abstract of your research and describe the application of your research in practice.

Share your voice and any stories that connect your experiences to your research.

Research articles should provide a clear statement of the findings and their implications for social work practice. Please include an accompanying bibliography.

We want to celebrate the often untold stories of social workers doing great things.

Do you know of a social worker who goes above and beyond in their practice? Suggest them as our social worker spotlight.

Is there a newsworthy story in your region that should be shared with the social work community? Connect the stories with your colleagues by sharing in Connection magazine.

Submission deadlines

2017

September 7th submission deadline
October 19th publication date

2018

December 7th submission deadline
January 18th publication date

March 7th submission deadline
April 19th publication date

June 7th submission deadline
July 19th publication date

September 6th submission deadline
October 18th publication date

Submit your article to Connection

Questions about Connection? Contact the College’s Promotions Coordinator, Collette Deschenes at collette.deschenes@nscsw.org.