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Community and Family Health Issues: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Conditions, and Treatments. Reference RA 418.5 .F 3 C 666 2017
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Ed. (DSM-V). Ready Reference RC 455.2 .C 4 D 54 2013
Dictionary of Conflict Resolution
Dictionary of Hallucinations. Reference RC 553 .H 3 B 56 2010
Dictionary of Social Work and Social Care. Reference HV 12 .H 37 2013
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online.
Encyclopedia of Abortion in the United States.
Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Encyclopedia of Community: From the Village to the Virtual World
Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues
Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior
Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity
Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health
Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms .
Encyclopedia of Mind Enhancing Foods, Drugs and Nutritional Supplements
Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology
Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America. Reference HV 12 .E 497 2005
Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups
Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Reference HM 626 .E 538 2009
Etiquette and Taboos around the World : A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
Human Services Dictionary. Reference HV 12 .R 67 2003.
International Encyclopedia of Depression. Reference RC 573 .I 573 2009
Key Concepts in Anti-Discriminatory Social Work.
Key Concepts in Health Psychology
Key Concepts in Social Work Practice. CCIC HV 40 .K 4248 2013
Mental Health Care Issues in America: An Encyclopedia.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Intergroup Communication
Poverty and the Government in America: An Encyclopedia
Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics and Policy. Reference HC 110 .P 6 P 598 2004
Routlede Spanish Bilingual Dictionary of Psychology and Psychiatry. Reference BF 31 .K 356 2011
Sage Dictionary of Cultural Studies .
Sage Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.
The Social Work Dictionary. Reference HV 12 .B 37 2014
The Social Workers Desk Reference. Reference HV 40 .S 6464
The Social Worker's Guide to the Social Sciences: The Key Concepts
Statistical Abstract of the United States. Latest print editions at Ready Reference. Older editions at General HA 202 .U 5 S 93.