Epstein, William M. 1944–

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Epstein, William M. 1944–

(William Maurice Epstein)

PERSONAL: Born February 5, 1944, in Brooklyn, NY; son of Harry (a typesetter) and Lillian (a receptionist) Epstein. Ethnicity: "Jewish." Education: Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, B.A., 1967; University of Pittsburgh, M.S.W., 1968; Columbia University, D.S.W., 1977. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Jewish.

ADDRESSES: Home—P.O. Box 70715, Las Vegas, NV 89170-0715. Office—School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Community Action Associates, Pittsburgh, PA, staff member, 1966; Community Health Service, Washington, DC, member of administrative staff, 1972–76; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, member of social work faculty. Also worked for U.S. Peace Corps, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, U.S. Department of Justice, National Academy of Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Southern Mississippi, and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

MEMBER: American Sociological Association.


The Dilemma of American Social Welfare, Transaction Books (New Brunswick, NJ), 1993.

The Illusion of Psychotherapy, Transaction Books (New Brunswick, NJ), 1995.

Welfare in America: How Social Science Fails the Poor, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1997.

Children Who Could Have Been: The Legacy of Child Welfare in Wealthy America, University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, WI), 1999.

American Policy-Making: Welfare as Ritual, Rowman & Littlefield (Boulder, CO), 2002.

Psychotherapy as Religion: The Civil Divine in America, University of Nevada Press (Reno, NV), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Controversies in Psychotherapy and Counseling, edited by C. Feltham, Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA), 1999; Social Work in the Twenty-first Century, edited by J. Hopps and R. Morris, Free Press (New York, NY), 2000; Social Work at the Millennium, edited by J. Hopps and R. Mossis, Free Press (New York, NY), 2000; Handbook of Research Methods in Social Work, edited by Bruce Thyer, Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA), 2001; and Mental Disorders in the Social Environment: Critical Perspectives, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 2004. Contributor to professional journals, including Science, Technology, and Human Values, Research on Social Work Practice, Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Information Ethics, and Children and Youth Services Review.