NASW Members: Become a Part of the Encyclopedia of Social Work Community

May 23, 2011

NASW is pleased to announce that NASW Press with its publishing partner, Oxford University Press, is in the process of updating the Encyclopedia of Social Work, 20th edition—the definitive social work resource and an essential tool for all who study, teach, or practice social work.

The Encyclopedia covers over 400 topics in four volumes, yet—because of the incredible work that social workers do across the United States and around the world—we have not yet exhausted topics possible for coverage.

In service of the mission set forth by the distinguished editors of the 20th edition—“to capture and reflect the knowledge base of social work” and to ensure that the Encyclopedia continues “as an ever-changing and ever-expanding endeavor”—NASW and Oxford will be updating this publication on an ongoing basis, with the goal of keeping the text “evergreen” by providing continual online additions and amendments as trends emerge and changes occur.  

There are certainly timely topics and cutting-edge trends that should be included as we move forward with updates. As we do so, NASW is asking for your input, and welcome your thoughts and recommendations!

Please click here for a complete list of the topics currently included in the Encyclopedia .

We ask that you submit your recommendations to Elizabeth Hoffler at so that together we can make the Encyclopedia a document that continues to represent the depth and breadth of our profession.