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Encyclopedia of Social Work

Encyclopedia of Social Work

20th Edition

Co-published by the NASW Press and Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-0-19-531036-8. 2010. Item #10368. 2208 pages. Paperback. 4-Volume Set.

Paperback $250

Also available in Hardcover Edition

The NASW Press and Oxford University Press are excited to announce that the critically-acclaimed 20th edition of this essential work is now available in paperback! The 400 articles in this four-volume set cover all aspects of social work. Topics include practice and interventions, social environments, social conditions and challenges, and social policy and history.

This new edition of the Encyclopedia contains extensive coverage of areas that have come to the fore since the 1995 publication of the 19th edition, including demographic changes from immigration, technology, the implications of managed care, faith-based assistance, evidence-based practice, gerontology, and trauma and disaster. Each thoughtful article is written and signed by a top academic or social work practitioner and includes a bibliography for further reading. Comprehensive and easy to use, all volumes are fully cross-referenced and include a complete index.


  • Updated and complete coverage of topics that have come to the forefront since the 1995 edition
  • Each entry is followed by a bibliography to provide readers with further material for research or informational reading
  • All entries are fully cross-referenced ensuring that readers can gain a full understanding of terms and concepts
  • Essential tool for fact-finding, licensing exams, and supporting practice decisions