NASW Press Publications

NASW Press is a leading scholarly press in the social sciences. It serves faculty, practitioners, agencies, libraries, clinicians, and researchers throughout the United States and abroad. Known for attracting expert authors, the NASW Press produces scholarly journals, books, and reference works.

Below are some of our most recent publications. Please visit naswpress.org to see our full catalog.


Recent Titles


Economic Well-Being: An Introduction

Economic Wellbeing by Deborah Figart and Ellen Mutari

by Deborah A. Figart and Ellen Mutari

We are all part of the economy. We all have contributions to make to the economic well-being of our communities. We all make decisions about how we conduct our economic lives based on our values and preferences. Economic Well-Being: An Introduction provides us with tools to accomplish these goals.

As students of social work or other human services professions, it is essential that we understand how economic well-being—or the lack thereof—shapes people’s lives. To use a person-in-environment framework, we must appreciate the challenges faced by our clients, including their access to financial resources and their level of economic functioning. In this groundbreaking text, Figart and Mutari make the study of economic life accessible, applicable, and exciting.


Identifying Moral Panic: The Discourse of Fear in Social Policy

By Michael H. Eversman

Using the sociological framework of moral panic — periods of exaggerated public fear triggered by high-profile incidents linked to feared social groups — Michael H. Eversman illuminates historic and contemporary moral panic episodes to show how political discourse and stereotyping lead to policy-making and enforcement that maintain social inequalities. Those most affected by these harsh and reactionary policies tend to be vulnerable populations known as “folk devils” — young people, public assistance recipients, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals, those with mental illness, and illicit drug users— groups that have long served as feared targets of moral condemnation.


Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Manual

Clinical Social Workers in Private Practice: A Reference Manual is a comprehensive guide focusing on the social work specialty area of private practice. It includes information that clinical social workers should know when starting a private practice and while maintaining it. This pamphlet, produced by the National Association of Social Workers, offers information on business planning, risk management, reimbursement, documentation and record keeping, emergency and disaster planning, preparing a professional will, and many other topics to help clinical social workers succeed in this growing specialty practice area.


Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Guide for Social Workers and all Frontline Staff

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder, is a misunderstood and often underdiagnosed condition. Whether you are a new social worker or an experienced frontline staffer who is new to DID, Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder is the resource that can help.

Gregory L. Nooney uses case studies, diagnostic tools, and clinician self-care to demonstrate how to confirm a DID diagnosis and establish a therapeutic relationship; assist the client in developing internal communication, cooperation, and co-consciousness; and lead the client from emotional rigidity and chaos to integration.


43 Essential Policies for Human Services Professionals

Gerald V. O'Brien boils down key policies to their most essential elements: historical overview and nature of the social problem, policy overview, and effectiveness. Analysis elements address issues related to the policy, such as trigger events, problem framing, social engineering, covert rationales, unintended consequences, target efficiency, and governmental responsibility.

A 45-page Instructor Appendix is available as a separate PDF. To request a copy, send an e-mail to press@socialworkers.org.


Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work: A Guidebook for Students and Those in Mental Health and Related Professions (2nd edition)

The first edition of Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work was a breakout hit, providing a guiding light for those who were struggling. Now SaraKay Smullens has updated the text to reflect our evolving understanding of burnout, adding a fifth dimension, societal burnout, to her examination of personal, professional, relational, and physical burnout. She also shows us how moral distress and injury negatively affect all those who are devoted to a just and ethical society.

For those who are struggling, these pages offer opportunities for reflection, redirection, and hope. Whether you are a student or a professional at your wits’ end, let Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work be your guide to find direction and balance, better serve your clients, and increase your personal and professional fulfillment.


Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizations

Leading and managing a nonprofit organization is a complex, demanding, and often overwhelming task. Identifying concise resources that will help you build your leadership and management skills can be equally challenging, whether you are already in the boardroom or are aspiring to be. Richard Edwards and Paul Kurzman have assembled over a dozen university faculty and field experts, providing best practices and thought leadership for turbulent times.


Social Work Speaks (12th Edition)

The 12th edition of Social Work Speaks is a comprehensive and unabridged collection of policies adopted and revised by the NASW Delegate Assembly in 2020. The policy statements set the parameters for NASW’s positions and actions on a broad range of public policy and professional issues. Social Work Speaks is a first-rate introductory social policy text that will spark dynamic and valuable debates on public policy and the role of social work in leading change. Social workers who want to be informed and involved in policy analysis, advocacy for social policies, or the formulation of future policy statements will find this volume a useful resource.


Mentoring Women for Leadership: Empowering the Next Generation

Mentoring Women for Leadership (by Saundra H. Starks, Gayle M. Mallinger, Christa C. Gilliam, Halaevalu F. O. Vakalahi, and Cathryne L. Schmitz) is a guide for educators, students, practitioners, and administrators to support the growth and development of female leaders.

The book includes a historical, global overview of women in social work, political, social justice, and other leadership positions. It provides theoretical frameworks and practical knowledge and skills related to leadership development, including the pipelines and pathways for preparing and supporting women in leadership.


NASW Code of Ethics

The NASW Code of Ethics is a set of standards that guide the professional conduct of social workers. The 2021 update includes language that addresses the importance of professional self-care. Moreover, revisions to the Cultural Competence standard provide more explicit guidance to social workers. All social workers should review the new text and affirm their commitment to abide by the Code of Ethics.

The Code of Ethics is also available in Spanish.

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