NASW Publications

NASW publishes scholarly reference materials, professional journals, research abstracts, and a bi-monthly news magazine. We also develop practice updates, newsletters, blog posts, position papers, public education materials and other resources to improve social work practice and to promote the profession.

NASW Press

NASW Press is a leading scholarly press in the social sciences. It serves faculty, practitioners, agencies, libraries, clinicians, and researchers in the United States and abroad. Known for attracting expert authors, NASW Press delivers professional information to more than 200,000 readers through its scholarly journals, books, and reference works.


NASW Press publishes a wide variety of high quality books for the social sciences. NASW Press books are powerful resources for your classroom, practice, or personal library. Our titles that address challenging social work topics, including aging, children and families, clinical social work, community, diversity, ethics and policy, health and mental health, management, practice, professional issues, research, and violence.


NASW Press publishes the journal Social Work quarterly. Widely read by practitioners, faculty, and students, it is the official professional journal of NASW and is provided to all members as a membership benefit. NASW Press also publishes four specialty journals:

  • Health & Social Work carries articles on the latest advances in areas such as aging, clinical work, long-term care, oncology, substance abuse, depression, and maternal health.
  • Children & Schools articles focus on innovations in practice, interdisciplinary efforts, research, program evaluation, policy, and planning.
  • Social Work Research offers exemplary research that advances the development of knowledge and informs social work practice. 
  • Social Work Abstracts is the primary source of articles on social work and social welfare, as well as on related fields, with hundreds of abstracts from U.S. and international journals published in each issue.

Social Work Advocates

Social Work Advocates

Social Work Advocates is the flagship magazine of the NASW. This award-winning publication is our primary communication vehicle for our members as well as social work practitioners, administrators, researchers, faculty, and students.

The magazine keeps readers abreast of current events in social work and related fields. It offers in-depth news and features covering developments in social work practice, public policy, U.S. legislation and regulations, social research, and NASW programs and events.

NASW Blogs

NASW blogs inform the public about the services social workers provide, social workers abreast of our activities, and help social workers interact with the media.
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