Books Every Social Worker Needs | My Library

Hello all! As promised, and with many book purchases, I have a new list of the books in  my library, all social work, criminal justice, social sciences related. I hope you enjoy, and find a good read that sparks interest and growth!! Feel free to leave a comment if you have a favorite that’s not mentioned! Without further ado…


Currently Reading:

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook. – Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. & Maia Szalavitz

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crimes – Val McDermid

The Rest of My Library:

Are Prisons Obsolete – Angela Y. Davis

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America – Jill Leovy

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave – Rober G. O’Meally

The Color of Law – Richard Rothstein

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Working with Challenging Youth Seven Guiding Principles – Brent Richardson

Loving – Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy – Sheryll Cashin

The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander

Multisystemic Treatment of Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents – Scott W. Henggeler, Sonja K. Schoenwald, Charles M. Borduin, Melisa D. Rowland, and Phillipe B. Cunningham

Three Little Words: A Memoir – Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Tell Them Who I Am: The Lives of Homeless Women – Elliot Liebow

The Working Poor – David K. Shipler

The Quiet Room: A Journey Out of the Torment of Madness – Lori Schiller

Orphan Train – Christina Baker Kline

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit – John Douglas & Mark Olshaker

Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment – Angela J. Davis

Inside the Criminal Mind – Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D.

Freedom From Addiction – Neil T. Anderson, Mike Quarles, & Julia Quarles

Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice, 10th Edition – Bradford W. Sheafor & Charles R. Horejsi

Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 4th Edition – Maurianne Adams, Warren J. Blumenfeld, D. Chase J. Catalano, Keri “Safire” DeJong, Heather W. Hackman, Larissa E. Hopkins, Barbara J. Love, Madeline L. Peters, Davey Shlasko, and Ximena Zuniga

The Child Welfare Challenge: Policy, Practice, and Research, 4th Edition – Peter J. Pecora, James K. Whittaker, Richard P. Barth, Sharon Borja, and William Vesneski

Psychological Testing A Practical Introduction, 3rd Edition – Thomas P. Hogan

The Forensic Casebook The Science of Crime Scene Investigation – N. E. Genge

The Anatomy of Evil – Michael H. Stone, MD

Letters to a Young Therapist – Mary Pipher

White Fragility: White It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin Diangelo

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character – Paul Tough

Investigating the Social Work: The Process and Practice of Research, 7th Edition – Russell K. Schutt

DSM-5 Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis – James Morrison

The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination, 10th Edition – Bradley R. Schiller

The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice: Black Lives, Healing, and US Social Transformation – Fania E. Davis

White Trash. The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. – Nancy Isenberg

Mindset: The New Pscyhology of Success How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential – Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing – Dr. Joy Degruy

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present – Harriet A. Washington

101 Solution-Focused Questions for Help with Trauma – Fredrike Bannink

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The Compassion Fatigue Workbook – Francoise Mathieu

Making Sense of Statistics: A Conceptual Overview, 7th Edition – Fred Pyrczak & Deborah M. Oh

Social and Personality Development, 6th Edition – Davis R. Shaffer

The Nonprofit Business Plan: The Leader’s Guide to Creating A Successful Business Model – David La Piana, Heather Gowdy, Lester Olmstead-Rose, Brent Copen

The Reluctant Welfare State: Engaging History to Advance Social Work Practice in Contemporary Society, 8th Edition – Bruce S. Jansson

Generalist Practice with Organizations and Communities, 7th Edition – Karen K. Kirst-Ashman & Grafton H. Hull, Jr.

Social Work Policy Practice: Changing Our Community, Nation, and The World – Jessica A. Ritter

The Social Work Practicum: A Guide and Workbook for Students, 7th Edition – Cynthia L. Garthwait

The Adolescent: Development, Relationships, and Culture, 13th Edition – Kim Gale Dolgin

Fundamentals of Case Management Practice: Skills for the Human Services, 5th Edition – Nancy Summers

101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward – Linda A. Curran, PCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDP-D

Juvenile Delinquency: Theory, Practice, and Law – Larry J. Siegel & Brandon C. Welsh

Human Growth and Development, 3rd Edition – Chris Beckett & Hilary Taylor

Start Your Own Nonprofit Organization, 2nd Edition: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Success – The Staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc & Corbin Collins

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism – Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D. with Tom Fields-Meyer

Intentional Interviewing and Counseling: Facilitating Client Development in a Multicultural Society – Allen E. Ivey, Mary Bradford Ivey, and Carlos P. Zalaquett

Introduction to the Counseling Profession, 6th Edition – David Capuzzi & Douglas R. Gross

The Souls of Black Folk – W.E.B. Du Bois

Serial Killers & Mass Murderers: Profiles of the World’s Most Barbaric Criminals – Nigel Cawthorne

An Introduction to Family Social Work, 4th Edition – Donald Collins, Cathleen Jordan, and Heather Coleman

Abused Boys: The Neglected Victims of Sexual Abuse – Mic Hunter

Serious Emotional Disturbance in Children and Adolescents: Multisystemic Therapy – Scott W. Henggeler, Sonja K. Schoenwald, Melisa D. Rowland, and Phillipe B. Cunningham

Leadership Excellence: The Seven Sides of Leadership for the 21st Century – Pat Williams with Jim Denney

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Death of a King – Tavis Smiley with David Ritz

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight – M.E. Thomas

Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, 2nd Edition – Annette Lareau

The Juvenile Justice and Residential Care Treatment Planner – William P. McInnis, Wanda D. Dennis, Michell A. Myers, Kathleen O’Connell Sullivan, and Arthur E. Jongsmar, Jr.

An Introduction to the Profession of Social Work: Becoming a Change Agent – Elizabeth A. Segal, Karen E. Gerdes, Sue Steiner

Transcending: Reflections of Crime Victims – Howard Zehr

Introduction to Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, 3rd Edition – Robert Weis

Outcome-Informed Evidence-Based Practice – John G. Orme & Terri Combs-Orme

Social Work Practice with Families: A Resiliency-Based Approach, 3rd Edition – Mary Patricia Van Hook

Empowerment Practice with Families in Distress – Judith Bula Wise

Just Practice: A Social Justice Approach to Social Work, 3rd Edition – Janet L. Finn

Designing and Managing Programs: An Effectiveness-Based Approach, 5th Edition – Peter M. Kettner, Robert M. Moroney, and Lawrence L. Martin

Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, 2nd Edition – Judith S. Beck

Black Single Mothers and the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Social Workers on Addressing Oppression – Brandynicole Brooks

Research Methods for Social Work, 9th Edition – Allen Rubin & Earl R. Babbie

Direct Social Work Practice: Theory and Skills, 10th Edition – Dean H. Hepworth, Ronald H. Rooney, Glenda Dewberry Rooney, and Kimberly Strom-Gottfried


Enjoy and please comment on your favorite books in your social work library!!

~Laura Swanson, BSW

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