The 100 Most Useful Social Work Resources

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There is a wealth of information available online about topics and issues relating to social work. This list of resources should be of use to social work students, practicing social workers, and anyone interested in public policy, sociology, or counseling. We will be overjoyed to help you out.

General / Children and Youth / Disabilities / Grant Writing / Indexes and Reference / Careers / Mental Health / Organizations and Directories / Seniors / Sexual Abuse / Social Policy / Statistics / Hunger / Specialist Organizations / Networks and Associations / Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender / AIDS/HIV / Grief and Dying / Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse / Elder Abuse / Social Worker Licensure

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General

  • George Warren Brown Social Work and Social Services Web Sites This website is a long list of social work resources put together by the social work school of Washington University in St. Louis. It's a great website to search for information within specific areas of social work.
  • Information for Practice A website put together by the social work schools of NYU and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. It provides ongoing articles, news reports, and other information regarding the profession and study of social work. This website is a good resource for reading up on current issues of the broader field.
  • Louisiana State University Libraries -- Social Work A list of resources that includes social work organizations' websites as well as a thorough list of social work programs at universities. This site is great to consult if you're researching where to study social work, and/or consulting the websites of academic settings in the field.
  • Social Worker.com A list of specific social work areas and organizations, listed alphabetically. This is a good resource to find websites specific to certain interests.

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Children and Youth

  • Child Abuse A website containing links to information covering a broad range of topics within child abuse, including symptoms, prevention, treatment, specific conditions, and research. This website can also be accessed in Spanish.
  • Child Abuse Statistics (U of New England) A website geared towards providing a resource guide for social workers. It has links to studies, research, and statistics of child abuse, as well as history and ethics. It also has information for workers in certain areas of the field.
  • Child Trends A resource full of research, current studies, and reports regarding all different aspects of child development, including child abuse information. This website takes a holistic approach to child wellbeing, including resources on topics such as education, parenting, marriage, youth development, health, and other indirectly related topics.
  • Children Now A national organization's website focused on The Children's Movement: an effort toward making the voice of children heard on the national political level. This website contains a wide variety of information including current studies, ongoing research, education, parenting resources, and a campaign raising funds for interest groups and organizations that help contribute to political decisions supporting children.
  • ChildStats.gov This website is a federal interagency forum on family statistics, providing easy access to statistics and reports regarding a number of issues, including social environment, economic circumstances, and healthcare. This is a thorough resource for people looking for statistics and trends within the field.
  • Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) This website has a variety of resources concerning disabilities in children. Topics range from learning disabilities to autism to retardation. The website provides information on both topics and treatments.
  • National Data Archive on Child Abuse and NeglectThis Cornell website targets professionals in the child maltreatment field and serves as a platform for exchanging information and ideas in the field. It also provides current national data on relevant topics.

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Disabilities

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Grant Writing

  • The Body, Heart & Soul of GRANT WRITING A resource for many different areas of writing, including information on writing and publishing books, along with writing grants. This site can point you toward helpful software and courses in grant writing, as well as websites you can consult.
  • Council on Foundations The Council on Foundations is a national nonprofit member organization that focuses on the encouragement and support of philanthropic work. The website has resources for the general public as well as professionals, including grant funding information, supportive organizations, online mentors, national events, and more.
  • EPA Grant Writing Tutorial This website is a very simple step-by-step guide to grant writing. It includes format, necessary forms, mock writing activities, and many other helpful resources for the process.
  • The Foundation Center Foundation Finder A website with a search base to find grantmaker foundations. There's also basic grant information, forms, directions, and resources for specific U.S. cities.
  • Grant Proposal.Com A writing-focused step-by-step guide to grant writing. This website includes not only the technicalities of grant writing, but also the aesthetics of a good proposal.
  • Grant Writing Tips Scholastic's list of the top 10 common elements in winning grant proposals. This is a helpful and simple page to look over and make sure your elements match up.

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Indexes and Reference

  • Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Database A website of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, designed to help practitioners and professionals search for information and research. The website has links to databases, links, and websites with information concerning alcohol abuse.
  • Child Care & Early Education Research Connections A research website providing links to resources on child care and early education. This website allows you to read current research and reports, and to search for information by topic, state, and/or author.

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Careers

  • NASW JobLink A website for social work professionals allowing you to research job listings, post your resume, and access career development tools. This site serves job seekers, current professionals, and employers.
  • Nonprofit Career Network A thorough resource for the nonprofit sector, with resources for nonprofit organizations, job seekers, and volunteers. This site allows job seekers to post resumes and search for jobs by location.
  • JobHuntersBible.com: Job Hunting Online An exhaustive job search site, not just for social work. This website has resources for doing job research, finding your contacts, posting jobs and resumes, relevant education, online and offline career counseling, and more.

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Mental Health

  • Divorce Support Page: Divorce, Child Custody, Alimony, Support, Family Law A website focused on providing online support for divorce and related topics, including custody, visitation, alimony, and property division. This site provides information on relevant articles, research, divorce laws, books, and information by state.
  • Psych Central: Dr. John Grohol's Mental Health Page An online mental health research site since 1995. It is an extensive resource for professionals and for those seeking support. It allows you to search by symptoms and disorders, and features a list of relevant blogs, research and findings, and online counseling options.
  • MedlinePlus: Mental Health Resources A health website by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health, including but not limited to mental health. This website allows you to search resources by disorder, research, diagnosis, therapy, and nutrition, as well as listing directories, organizations, and policies. The site can be accessed in seven different languages.

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Organizations and Directories

  • American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society with over 38,000 international members. Members and physicians share stories and professional advice, and work together to ensure human care and effective treatment for all mental disorders.
  • American Sociological Association is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. Membership fees are determined by the individual's annual salary range.
  • National Association of Social Workers This association seeks to support professionals in the social work field by helping to support current workers, enhance growth in careers, and contribute toward sound lawmaking. This website has information on membership, current topics and events, and education.
  • Clinical Social Work Federation, Inc. The website for a membership organization of clinical social workers. The CSWF works to support clinical social workers by providing resources for education, training, legislative advocacy for patients, and economic vitality for professionals.

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Seniors

  • Administration on Aging A website of the Administration on Aging, which is a federal agency that works to support and represent older people and their caregivers. There's information available on research and statistics, national resources, medicare, and links to search for local benefits and programs.
  • Aging Solutions This website is designed to support anyone supporting an elderly person by providing information on senior care, elder care support groups, and services. You can also search for local support resources by area.
  • California Senior Housing Directory A California senior housing search website that allows you to search by specific care needs, city, and cost. You can also compare and research different available housing within the state.
  • Elder Wisdom Circle A unique online support of “cyber grandparents” for anyone seeking advice. This website provides people you can ask for advice, and allows elders to share their life experiences and the wisdom they've learned along the way.
  • National Institute on Aging A website of the National Institute of Health, which aims to spearhead a scientific effort in the study of aging, and to be a leader in research, health information dissemination, and other programs to support aging people. The website provides research information, disease information, available resources, news and events, and grant information.
  • Senior Law Home Page A website providing New York-specific legal information to seniors (and those representing seniors) about Medicare and Medicaid, estate planning, guardianship, and other topics. One section is designed for seniors and another for attorneys in the elderly law field.

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Sexual Abuse

  • Adult Male Survivor A website designed for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and for the professionals who work to support them. This website provides a community of support through chat rooms, discussion boards, therapists and support groups, recovery weekends, and more. You can become a member by filling out a form online.
  • The Safer Society Foundation A national research, support, and advocacy center for the prevention of sexual abuse and the treatment of the trauma it causes. The foundation publishes an array of books on sexual abuse and provides online information regarding your rights, sex offender treatment referrals, and relevant conferences.

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Social Policy

  • Center for Economic and Social Rights An organization that advocates for human rights by working with other civil society groups around the world. By exposing violations of economic and social rights, the CESR works to change policy at the international, national, and local levels. The website allows you to search by country, research, news reports, and updates on the organization's current work.
  • Center for Government Studies PolicyArchive A searchable “digital archive of global, non-partisan public policy research” compiled from university, government, and foundation-funded policy work. This website allows you to search by topic, author, current issue, and funder.
  • Center for Law and Social Policy CLASP is an organization that advocates for low-income families, working to create policies that help them towards education and work. This website has information you can search by topic, state, policy, experts, and more.
  • Council of State Governments CSG is a region-based forum that serves all three branches of government by fostering an exchange of ideas and insights in order to help government agents shape public policy. The website has information on current events, upcoming meetings and conferences, resources by state, and more.
  • CSU Long Beach Social Work: Policy & Legal Information A searchable site of legal and policy research. You can search for state information, federal information, published papers, law and topics, and books.
  • Death Row USA DPIC is a non-profit organization that disseminates capital punishment information to the media and the public. The website has information on the U.S. death row including current statistics, resources, controversial issues, and news stories.
  • Economic Policy Institute EPI is a nonprofit organization that seeks to include lower- and middle-income families in the discussion about economic policy. The website provides recent reports and research, collects data and resources, cites analysis and opinion, and provides information that you can search by topic.
  • FirstGov -- Your First Click to the US Government The official U.S. government site. Information is available for citizens, businesses, nonprofit organizations, government employees, and visitors, all accessible in several different languages.
  • Grassroots Grassroots works to help nonprofit organizations increase their productivity and efficiency by offering them free technology and business practice training. The website provides resources for nonprofits seeking support, people who want to work or volunteer for a nonprofit, and much more.
  • Influencing State Policy A website designed to help social work students and faculty members learn how to effectively implement public policy. The website includes resources by topic, news reports, current events, and social work policy contests for students.
  • Institute for Research on Poverty IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research of social inequalities in the U.S. It provides resources on poverty, current research, funding opportunities, and education, and is a searchable portal.
  • IssueLab Archives research about social issues and policy studies. The website provides a discussion board, research, helpful references, current news, and more.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures A website geared towards state staffs and representatives, providing a forum for research, technical assistance, and the exchange of ideas. It provides an online community and resource center for members.
  • National Issues Forums An organization that promotes discussion and awareness of issues of public concern. The website provides a place for research, online discussion, and network contacts.
  • Pew Research Center for People and the Press The Pew Research Center is an “independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues.” This website is a great resource of current and key information for “political leaders, journalists, scholars and citizens.”
  • Public Agenda An online resource to educate the public and public leaders about challenging current issues. The website has an array of resources for the public, educators, and the media regarding current events, articles, research, and issues.
  • Public Policy Institute of California A website that seeks to improve public policy in California through nonpartisan research. This website offers resources on specific policy issues, sites for research, and news coverage.
  • American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of comprised of professionals, organizations, and individuals interested in social work. It seeks to inform the government, the media, and the public on the issues facing families, children, and adults.

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Statistics  

  • Child Trends A nonprofit research center that studies children at all stages of development, and reports research findings, data, and analyses. This center uses their information to help advocate and support decision-making regarding children, in both the private and public sectors.
  • ACOSA: Association for Community Organizations and Social Administration A nonprofit member organization for educators, students, policy makers, and the public, providing information on the latest movements in administrative and community practice as well as resources for networking and professional advancement.
  • AGE-SW: Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work A leading organization in gerontology education, research, and policy making. This website provides a forum for policy makers, educators, and students to exchange ideas, find resources, and contribute to the field.
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy This organization is geared toward advancing the professional interests of therapists in the marriage and family field. There are also resources here for members of the public to locate therapists through an online directory.

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Hunger

  • Second Harvest : Ending Hunger Ending Hunger is the nation's leading hunger-relief charity, working through a national member network of food banks. The website offers information on hunger issues, local food banks, public policy, and how to become involved.

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Specialist Organizations

  • Association for Specialists in Groupwork This is a division of the American Counseling Association, which focuses on promoting quality group work in research, training, and practice. This website has resources for educators, students, and professionals of group work.
  • Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors An individual membership organization that represents and supports the students and professionals involved with undergraduate social work education. The website provides a wide array of resources for students, early professionals, and faculty and field coordinators.
  • Association of Oncology Social Workers A nonprofit international organization dedicated to enhancing the psychosocial services available to cancer sufferers and their families. The website has information on advocacy, research, resources, and networking.
  • U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services This organization is responsible for “federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.” Its work involves forming and supporting families, encouraging economic independence and healthy communities, and assisting groups with specific needs.
  • Child Welfare League of America A coalition of public and private organizations serving children and families. Its focus is neglected or abused children or youth. The website provides research and data, publications, current topics of interest, and more.
  • Council of Nephrology Social Workers A professional membership council of the National Kidney Foundation that supports patients and their families through psychosocial issues, facilitates the highest-quality treatment programs, and supports the federal regulation of social work practices. The website has information on member registration, other resources, and educational programs.
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) A nonprofit national association made up of educational and professional associations, social work agencies, and private citizens. The council works to promote and strengthen the quality of social work education, and acts as the only accrediting agency for social work education.
  • International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) A global organization that seeks to promote social justice by encouraging international cooperation between social workers and organizations. This website provides social work resources for the global community.

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Networks and Associations

  • Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development seeks to address the systemic problems of urban poverty and is dedicated to understanding how social and economic changes affect low-income families and their communities.
  • Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA) supports clinical social workers by providing clinical training, legislative advocacy on mental health matters and professional practice support. Membership requires a $135.00 due and a master's degree from a CSWA accredited university or academic program.
  • LSWONET: Latino Social Workers Organization An organization that seeks to recruit and retain Latinos in higher education, advocate for cultural competency, and provide quality continuing education. The website has resources for students and professionals in the social work field.
  • National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) attempts to create a sense of community awareness and in turn, use this awareness to address serious social and economic inequalities for African Americans communities today.
  • National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work A volunteer membership organization comprised of deans and directors of graduate school social work programs. It seeks to support and enhance the leadership of social work education programs by supporting the professional development and effectiveness of academic administrators.
  • National Network for Social Work Managers A national network of managers in social work. The network seeks to promote management skills by means of annual conferences, and issues certification to managers working to high standards.
  • National Organization of Forensic Social Work An organization that seeks to advance education in forensic social work. It does this by providing training, conferences, a newsletter, networking opportunities, and political action in the field.
  • North American Association of Christian Social Workers (NACSW) A membership organization that helps equip its members to integrate Christian faith into their social work practice. The website includes links to conferences, jobs, and publications.
  • School Social Work Association (SSWAA) An association that seeks to promote the profession of school social work by recruiting more professionals into the field and supporting those already in it. It helps school social workers by providing resources for ongoing professional development, offering career mentorship, and influencing public policy.
  • Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care A membership organization dedicating to addressing and supporting the psychosocial field within health care. It seeks to be a national and international voice of leadership in bettering social work in health care.
  • Society for Spirituality and Social Work This society of ASU seeks to create a supportive community among social workers of different spiritual perspectives. It does so by sponsoring conferences, providing curriculum input, organizing workshops, and publishing a newsletter.
  • NEW SOCIAL WORKER Online--The Magazine for Social Work Students and Recent Graduates An online social network for professional social workers. This website provides an online forum, job listings, a blog, books, and current issues in social work.

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender

  • Human Rights Campaign The largest gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization in the nation. It seeks to ensure that these groups of people have equal rights and feel comfortable and safe at home and in the community.
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Issues (About.com) A liberal U.S. politics blog by Deborah White, featuring an assortment of ongoing issues including the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender groups. The website is searchable by recent events and past topics.
  • The Gay and Lesbian Task Force An organization focused on building grassroots power for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. It does this by training activists, participating in public policy making, and building the capacity of the movement.
  • Selected Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources (University of Arizona) The world's largest encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender information. The website has a discussion forum as well as an array of resources.

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AIDS/HIV

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Grief and Dying

  • Web Healing An interactive grief website that offers grief discussion boards. Here people can discuss issues related to grief and healing as well as information on therapy and other resources.
  • DeathNET A website with resources for everything to do with death, including information on rights, euthanasia, and other steps. The website also has links to resources regarding other human rights websites.
  • GriefNet ( Rivendell Resources) An internet community of persons dealing with grief and death. There are a variety of online support groups, including those for kids, adults, and veterans.
  • Growth House: Guide To Death, Dying, Grief, Bereavement, and End Of Life An organization that provides public and professional education to help support and improve end-of-life care. The website provides a comprehensive collection of resources for end-of-life care.
  • Hospice Net A hospice website for patients and families facing life-threatening illness. The website offers information on hospice services for patients, children, caregivers, and the bereaved.

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Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse

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Elder Abuse

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Social Worker Licensure

  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) The association of boards that regulate social work. They develop social work licensing examinations and provide legal regulation for social work. This website allows board members to work together, and helps social workers and social work students find information about licensing and examinations.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences A website with information on social work licensure in California. It has information on exams, licenses, and forms, as well as links to related websites.
  • Licensing Boards and License Information (SWES) A resource of review courses and home-study programs to prepare social workers for license exams. The website has information about programs, review lectures, software, and other preparation products that are available for purchase.
  • Social Work Licensure Exam Review A social work exam preparation website with a free practice test, exam tips, daily questions, and other resources. You can sign up for a membership and get the entire preparation guide.
  • Listservs (Social Work Access Network:SWAN) A variety of listservs that help create an online community of social work students and professionals, helping to improve student learning and smooth the transition into the work environment.

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