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Published in partnership with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW Press)

Oxford University Press has partnered with the NASW on the Encyclopedia of Social Work, a continuously updated online collaboration building off the classic reference work.

Moral Injury in Social Work


"Social work generally attracts deeply altruistic practitioners who are passionate about assisting vulnerable people. Yet, occasionally some practitioners and their employing organizations cause harm to the people they serve and the broader community. Social workers also assist clients who struggle with the ramifications of harm they have caused..." – By Frederic G. Reamer

Pomeroy, Elizabeth

Pomeroy, Elizabeth

"Elizabeth C. (Beth) Pomeroy, PhD, ACSW, LCSW, (1955–2022), for more than three decades, was a consummate social work practitioner and educator. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1980, a master of social work degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984, and a doctor of philosophy degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) in 1994.." – By Diana M. DiNitto and Lori K. Holleran Steiker

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First Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work Articles Published Online

Oxford University Press and the National Association of Social Workers Press are pleased to announce the online publication of articles that are destined to be included in the print edition of the inaugural Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work (EOMSW). The articles in question—Disability and Political Interventions—signal the beginning of continuous online publication of EOMSW content that will culminate in a three-volume print work expected to appear in 2022.

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