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BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook You

There are countless Social Work courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

Contents
  1. The Social Work Dictionary, 6th Edition (2013)
  2. 101 Careers in Social Work, Second Edition (2014)
  3. Social Work ASWB Masters Exam Guide, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success – Book and Free App – Updated ASWB Study Guide Book with a Full ASWB Practice Test (2017)
  4. Social Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording (2015)
  5. Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 62 Professionals Tell “Real-Life” Stories From Social Work Practice (Days in the Lives of Social Workers Series) (2019)
  6. The Social Work Field Placement: A Competency-Based Approach – Includes Extensive Instructors Package: Study Guide Review (2018)
  7. ASWB Clinical Study Guide 2019 & 2020: Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide 2019 & 2020 [Updated for the New Outline] (2019)
  8. Social Work ASWB Masters Exam Guide and Practice Test, Second Edition Set – Includes a Comprehensive LMSW Study Guide and Practice Test Book with 170 Questions, Free Mobile and Web Access Included (2019)
  9. Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success – Book and Free App – Updated ASWB Clinical Exam Guide with ASWB Clinical Practice Exam (2017)
  10. Social Work ASWB Masters Practice Test, Second Edition: 170 Questions to Identify Knowledge Gaps (Book + Free App) (2017)
  11. School Social Work, Eighth Edition: Practice, Policy, and Research (2015)
  12. The Social Work Skills Workbook (2016)
  13. Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 58 Professionals Tell “Real Life” Stories From Social Work Practice (2012)
  14. The Practice of Social Work: A Comprehensive Worktext, 10th Edition (2012)

The Social Work Dictionary, 6th Edition (2013)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouDo you know the definitions of "anamnesis," "eustress," "sarcopenia," "redecision therapy"? These and thousands of other terms are defined in the sixth edition of The Social Work Dictionary. This new, updated edition includes: The Social Work Dictionary is used by those who write licensing examination questions and those who conduct license preparation courses.
Author(s): Robert L Barker

101 Careers in Social Work, Second Edition (2014)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouThis is a vital and necessary guide to the social work profession. This book clarifies the social work mission, goals, and objectives, and strengthens and promotes them as well. ó MSW, DSW, ACSW, LCSW Professor & Dean, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University The authors do an excellent job of illustrating the uniqueness, diversity, and richness of the profession. I strongly recommend this book for use in social work orientation, advising, and education.
Author(s): Jessica A. Ritter

Social Work ASWB Masters Exam Guide, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success – Book and Free App – Updated ASWB Study Guide Book with a Full ASWB Practice Test (2017)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouIf you’re studying for the ASWB exam, this comprehensive study guide is a must have. Now with a with purchase, it’s easier than ever to study for the ASWB Masters licensure exam. Written by a renowned social work educator rather than an unknown at a test preparation company, this thoroughly updated guide helps readers identify their weak areas, so they know what to focus on to pass the ASWB Masters licensure exam!
Author(s): Apgar PhD LSW ACSW, Dawn

Social Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording (2015)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouThe second edition of Social Work Documentation: A Guide to Strengthening Your Case Recording is an update to Nancy L. Sidell’s 2011 book on the importance of developing effective social work documentation skills. The new edition aims to help practitioners build writing skills in a variety of settings.
Author(s): Nancy L. Sidell

Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 62 Professionals Tell “Real-Life” Stories From Social Work Practice (Days in the Lives of Social Workers Series) (2019)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouSpend a day with social workers in 62 different settings, and learn about the many career paths available to you. Did you ever wish you could tag along with a professional in your chosen field, just for a day? DAYS IN THE LIVES OF SOCIAL WORKERS allows you to take a firsthand, close-up look at the real-life days of 62 professional social workers as they share their stories.
Author(s): Linda May Grobman, Kathryn Conley Wehrmann

The Social Work Field Placement: A Competency-Based Approach – Includes Extensive Instructors Package: Study Guide Review (2018)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouThis unique core text, The Social Work Field Placement: A Competency-Based Approach, helps students with BSW and MSW prep, as well as structure their field placement learning around the nine CSWE professional social work competencies. This social work book also empowers students to go beyond merely completing tasks: the book facilitates mastery and integration of these competencies by elucidating key concepts and applying them to realistic competency-based case scenarios.
Author(s): Poulin PhD MSW, John, Matis PhD LCSW, Selina, et al.

ASWB Clinical Study Guide 2019 & 2020: Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide 2019 & 2020 [Updated for the New Outline] (2019)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouDeveloped by Test Prep Books for test takers trying to achieve a passing score on the ASWB Clinical exam, this comprehensive study guide includes:•Quick Overview•Test-Taking Strategies•Introduction•Human Development, Diversity, and Behavior in the Environment•Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning•Psychotherapy, Clinical Inter…
Author(s): Test Prep Books

Social Work ASWB Masters Exam Guide and Practice Test, Second Edition Set – Includes a Comprehensive LMSW Study Guide and Practice Test Book with 170 Questions, Free Mobile and Web Access Included (2019)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouNOTE TO READERS: PUBLISHER DOES NOT GUARANTEE QUALITY/ACCESS TO ANY INCLUDED DIGITAL COMPONENTS IF BOOK IS PURCHASED THROUGH A THIRD-PARTY SELLER. This ASWB guide includes 335+ questions, available in book and via premium app – free with print purchase!Updated to reflect ASWB’s revised 2018 test blueprint used for test construction. If you’re studying for the ASWB exam, this comprehensive guide and practice test set is a must-have.
Author(s): Apgar PhD LSW ACSW, Dawn

Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide, Second Edition: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success – Book and Free App – Updated ASWB Clinical Exam Guide with ASWB Clinical Practice Exam (2017)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouIf you’re studying for the ASWB clinical exam, this comprehensive study guide is a must have. Now with a free mobile and web app with purchase, it’s easier than ever to study for the ASWB clinical exam. Written by a renowned social work educator rather than an unknown at a test preparation company, this thoroughly updated guide helps readers identify their weak areas, so they know what to focus on to pass the ASWB Masters licensure exam!
Author(s): Apgar PhD LSW ACSW, Dawn

Social Work ASWB Masters Practice Test, Second Edition: 170 Questions to Identify Knowledge Gaps (Book + Free App) (2017)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouNote to Readers: Publisher does not guarantee quality or access to any included digital components if book is purchased through a third-party seller.Updated to reflect ASWB’s revised 2018 test blueprint used for test construction.Now with a free mobile & web app with print purchase!Written by a highly respected social work educator rather than an unknown at a test preparation company, this full-length practice…
Author(s): Apgar PhD LSW ACSW, Dawn

School Social Work, Eighth Edition: Practice, Policy, and Research (2015)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouSchool Social Work: Practice, Policy, and Research has been a foundational guide to the profession for over 40 years. The first comprehensive introduction to the field, the book has featured the writings of the pioneers in the field while also accommodating the remarkable changes and growing complexities of the profession with each subsequent revision.
Author(s): Rippey Massat, Carol, Michael S. Kelly, et al.

The Social Work Skills Workbook (2016)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouTHE SOCIAL WORK SKILLS WORKBOOK, Eighth Edition, enables you to develop proficiency in professionalism and the essential social work skills. After introducing 10 dimensions of professionalism, the book offers multiple opportunities to rehearse, practice, and self-assess social work skills needed in a contemporary practice — helping you become a more confident, ethical, and effective helper.
Author(s): Barry R. Cournoyer

Days in the Lives of Social Workers: 58 Professionals Tell “Real Life” Stories From Social Work Practice (2012)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouSpend a day with social workers in 58 different settings, and learn about the many career paths available to you. Did you ever wish you could tag along with a professional in your chosen field, just for a day, observing his or her every move? allows you to take a firsthand, close-up look at the real-life days of 58 professional social workers as they share their stories. Join them on their journeys, and learn about the rewards and challenges they face.
Author(s): Linda May Grobman, Elizabeth J. Clark

The Practice of Social Work: A Comprehensive Worktext, 10th Edition (2012)

 BEST Social Work Books That Will Hook YouGain the knowledge you need to become a successful social work practitioner with Zastrow’s THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK, 10E. This comprehensive, practical “worktext” covers the general practice of social work as well as the more specialized areas and counseling theories for work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations.
Author(s): Charles Zastrow

Best Social Work Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some social work books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Discovering Theory in Clinical Practice: A Casebook for Clinical Counseling and Social Work Practice

Author(s): Michelle R. Evans, Rhonda Peterson Dealey
ID: 2830458, Publisher: , Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

European Social Work After 1989: East-West Exchanges Between Universal Principles and Cultural Sensitivity

Author(s): Walter Lorenz, Zuzana Havrdová, Oldřich Matoušek
ID: 2879949, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Ambivalences of Inclusion in Society and Social Work: Research-Based Reflections in Four European Countries

Author(s): Stephan Bundschuh, Maria José Freitas, Càndid Palacín Bartrolí, Nino Žganec
ID: 2888485, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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