Resources for Therapists
American Cancer Society is a national organization with local branches whose goal is to help cancer patients stay well, get well and fight back through research, education and support. There are many resources on this website that address a multitude of concerns.
The American Psychiatric Association is a professional organization geared towards supporting psychiatrists. This website offers information on diagnostic criteria. Here clinicians can find information on cultural competency, practice management, local conferences and information on DSM-V.
The American Sleep Associations (ASA) provides an interactive forum and comprehensive database of information for the general public, physicians and scientists, allied healthcare professionals, and sleep technologists. The warning signs of sleep conditions are highlighted to raise awareness and encourage follow-up with medical professional and sleep hygienists.
Comprehensive and informative Cancer Care provides an array of information specific to oncology. Clinicians will find fact sheets on cancer, counseling assistance and community programs.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies. While full access to the information on this website is only available to paying members, the Code of Ethics is available for review.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT in Practice: Case Conceptualization in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
by Patricia A. Bach, PhD and Daniel J. Moran, PhD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy offers new, insightful, transdiagnostic approaches to case conceptualization. Learn how to put this new psychotherapeutic model into work in your practice. This book that explains how to do case conceptualization with an ACT framework.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Prevention Strategies & Ways to Slow Progression
by Lisa Byrd, PhD, CFNP
Filled with strategies, activities and approaches, cognitive interventions, exercise plans, diet solutions, ways to promote social engagement and medication treatments. Case studies and personal experiences highlight this must have resource for anyone working with Alzheimer’s, dementia and delirium patients.
by Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS
This book was written as a guide for those who seek to provide optimal pharmacotherapy to the geriatric adult population. To help those professionals understand what it means to prescribe, dispense and administer medications, and manage a combination of those medications safely without causing harm.
The Older Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, with DSM-5 Updates, 2nd Edition
by Gregory A. Hinrichsen, PhD, ABPP, Arthur Jongsma & Deborah W. Frazer, PhD
The Older Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, Second Edition provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal treatment plans that satisfy the demands of HMOs, managed care companies, third-party payors and state / federal agencies.
TOP 10 Geriatric Syndromes: Clinical Management Strategies
by Lisa Byrd, PhD, CFNP
This book offers the author’s compassionate, experienced discussions of the differing presentations of illnesses in elders. Topics include: falls, sleep, pain, eating problems, confusion (dementia/depression), incontinence, anxiety, living abilities (activities of daily living- ADLS), skin integrity issues and elimination issues.
The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques
by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.
Addressing physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms, Margaret Wehrenberg, a leading mental health clinician, draws on basic brain science to highlight the top ten anxiety-defeating tips. Everything from breathing techniques and mindful awareness to cognitive control and self-talk are included in this book.
The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques Workbook
by Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D
Brimming with information, this workbook provides step-by-step exercises on developing and implementing counter-cognitions, mindfulness meditation, thought-stopping and thought-replacement, affirmations, breathing exercises and more.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Toolbox: A Workbook for Clients and Clinicians
by Jeff Riggenbach, PhD, LPC
This resource guides you through evidence based exercises in CBT. Not a “one strategy fits all” book or approach; it integrates research with practical application and exercises. Tools for depression, anxiety, impulsive and destructive behaviors, problem solving, toxic relationships, stress management and more are included.
Compassion Fatigue: Coping With Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder In Those Who Treat The Traumatized (Psychosocial Stress Series)
by Charles Figley
This book is a great resource for any professional in trauma work. Learn how to identify Compassion Fatigue, creating awareness for self-care.
Overcoming Compassion Fatigue
by Martha Teater, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCAS and John Ludgate PhD
Written by two practicing clinicians in compassion fatigue and CBT, this manual provides practical tools to manage your work and minimize your risk of compassion fatigue. This workbook teaches ways to effectively handle the inherent exhaustion, burnout and stress professionals naturally face when working with those in pain and distress.
“Tapping” Into Energy Psychology
by Robert Schwarz, Psy.D., DCEP
Research suggests that EP approaches may be twice as effective and work in half the time in treating PTSD in veterans. Discover skills to work with both the mind and body of clients who have experienced trauma, anxiety and a variety of other problems driven by negative affect and negative beliefs. Earn 6.25 CE hours with this training!
Grief / Loss
Healing After Loss: Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief
by Martha Whitmore Hickman
This easy read provides a daily meditation and short story for each day of the calendar year. This is a great tool for individuals working through grief one day at a time.
Life After Loss: Contemporary Grief Counseling and Therapy
by Jackson P. Rainer, PhD
Life After Loss: Contemporary Grief Counseling and Therapy is a reader friendly book with tools, techniques and compass points to help others with the experience of grief. Going beyond the well-known but outmoded stage theories of grief, this book explores and illustrates new models of treatment, applying them to the lived experience of bereaved clients. Best applied practices are examine, and the book quickly becomes a go-to resources for typical and complicated facilitation of grief.
Transform Your Loss- Your Guide to Strength and Hope
by Ligia M. Houben, MA, FT, FAAGC, CPC, CHT
This book contains eleven principles of transformation, which is a system that can help you transform your loss and change your life. It also has 60 stories of different losses, including the author’s story, with a propose of bringing readers a message of possibility and hope.
Understanding the Needs of the Dying: Bringing Hope, Comfort and Love to Life’s Final Chapter
by David Kessler
This is a great book for anyone working in hospice and/or palliative care, providing insight into life’s final chapter and how to help individuals transition more peacefully.
101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day
by Donald Altman, MA, LPC
These simple yet powerful mindfulness practices provide calm, clarity, optimism and happiness through retraining the brain and developing awareness.
Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens: Reduce Stress, Improve Self-Care and Find Focus
by Susan P. Epstein, LCSW
This card deck offers 50 ways to be present to your life as it is actually taking place. These cards help teens be in he here and now with less thinking about the past or worrying about the future. These daily mindfulness meditations provide strategies to work through feeling anxious, moody, angry or the need to relax. This is a great tool for everyday stress.
Growing Mindful Card Deck
by Mitch Abblett, PhD & Christopher Willard, PsyD
Teaching and incorporating mindfulness into your home, classroom and therapy session is easy with these unique cards that offer 50 unique mindfulness activities to teach awareness and cultivate kindness and curiosity. Great for all ages.
Mindfulness, Healing and Transformation: The Pain and the Promise of Befriending the Full Catastrophe
by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
Extracted from Bessel A. van der Kolk’s 22nd Annual Trauma Conference on DVD, this is Jon Kabat-Zinn’s closing presentation. This is one inspiring speech on DVD.
Mindfulness Skills Workbook for Clinicians and Clients: 101 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Worksheets
by Debra Burdick, LCSWR, BCN
Dozens of reproducible activities, exercises and techniques to improve treatment outcomes for depression, anxiety, ADHD PTSD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, pain, stress and anger are included in this workbook.
Mindfulness Skills for Kids & Teens: A Workbook for Clinicians & Clients with 154 Tools, Techniques, Activities & Worksheets
by Debra Burdick, LCSWR, BCN
This expertly crafted resource features a collections of more than 150 prove tools and techniques, presented in a simple step-by-step building format. Burdick blended the latest research and best practices to create this straight-forward guide for improving self-awareness, self-regulation, mental health and social connectedness.
One-Minute Mindfulness: 50 Simple Ways to Find Peace, Clarity and New Possibilities in a Stress-Out World
by Donald Altman, MA, LPC
In this fantastic short read, Donald Altman makes mindfulness approachable. With fifty exercises and practices to build awareness and center attention, you will discover how to savor routine pleasures, build fulfillment in your work, enhance and heal relationships, change unhealthy habits, and connect to peace.
The MindfulnessToolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain
by Donald Altman, MA, LPC
Featuring over 40 easy-to-use, reproducible handouts and expertly crafted, guided scripts, this book is ideal for clinicians wanting to integrate mindfulness into their work. The awareness boosting methods in this guidebook offer participants a means of reappraising and observing negative and anxious thoughts, habits, pain and stress.
Psychodynamic Theory and Practice
Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory and Psychopathology in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts
by Joan Berzoff, et. al.
The third edition of Inside Out and Outside In further explores the bio-psycho-social domains of clinical theory and practice in work with clients in multicultural settings. Key updates include two new chapters-one addressing relational and intersubjective theories, and another on cognitive behavioral theory and practice. The book maintains its respectful tone and empathetic voice while including new material on affective disorders; linking trauma theory with attachment; psychodyamic theory as it intersects with race and gender; and attending to client systems, including couples.
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself
by Kristin Neff, PhD
This book offers advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more fulfilled life.
Come As You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
by Emily Nagoski, PhD
An essential exploration of why and how women’s sexuality works—based on groundbreaking research and brain science—that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.
Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a “pink pill” for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer—but as a result of the research that’s gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women’s sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all.
The first lesson in this essential, transformative book by Dr. Emily Nagoski is that every woman has her own unique sexuality, like a fingerprint, and that women vary more than men in our anatomy, our sexual response mechanisms, and the way our bodies respond to the sexual world. So we never need to judge ourselves based on others’ experiences. Because women vary, and that’s normal.
Second lesson: sex happens in a context. And all the complications of everyday life influence the context surrounding a woman’s arousal, desire, and orgasm.
Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but how you feel about it. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman’s sexual wellbeing; they are central to it. Once you understand these factors, and how to influence them, you can create for yourself better sex and more profound pleasure than you ever thought possible.
Mating in Captivity
by Ester Perel
Drawing on more than twenty years of experience as a couples therapist, Perel examines the complexities of sustaining desire. Through case studies and lively discussion, Perel demonstrates how more exciting, playful, and even poetic sex is possible in long-term relationships. Wise, witty, and as revelatory as it is straightforward, Mating in Captivity is a sensational book that will transform the way you live and love.
Sex At Dawn
by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha
“Sex at Dawn challenges conventional wisdom about sex in a big way. By examining the prehistoric origins of human sexual behavior the authors are able to expose the fallacies and weaknesses of standard theories proposed by most experts. This is a provocative, entertaining, and pioneering book. I learned a lot from it and recommend it highly.” — Andrew Weil, M.D.
“Sex at Dawn irrefutably shows that what is obvious—that human beings, both male and female, are lustful—is true, and has always been so…. The more dubious its evidentiary basis and lack of connection with current reality, the more ardently the scientific inevitability of monogamy is maintained—even as it falls away around us.” — Stanton Peele, Ph.D.
A controversial, idea-driven book that challenges everything you (think you) know about sex, monogamy, marriage, and family. In the words of Steve Taylor (The Fall, Waking From Sleep), Sex at Dawn is “a wonderfully provocative and well-written book which completely re-evaluates human sexual behavior and gets to the root of many of our social and psychological ills.”
101 Trauma-Informed Interventions: Activities, Exercises and Assignments to Move the Client and Therapy Forward
by Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD
This workbook contains over 100 approaches to effectively deal with trauma. Useful in both group and individual settings, these interventions provide hope and healing for the client while expanding the professional’s therapeutic skill set.
EMDR and Beyond on DVD and presented
by multiple speakers
This comprehensive DVD provides 2.0 CE credits and an array of information on the “Trauma Power Therapies” by leading world experts. Bessel A. van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Laurel Parnell and others discuss EMDR, Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting in addition to other approaches in trauma therapy. Additionally, they discuss the latest research findings, proposed theoretical mechanisms, innovations and offshoots of EMDR.
EMDR: Step by Step
by multiple presenters on DVD
Put theory into practice. This DVD home study is worth 6.0 CE Hours and includes demonstrations and guidance from leading trauma-informed therapists like Linda Curran, Peter Levine, Bessel A. van der Kolk and Laurel Parnell. Learn about trauma and how to safely use EMDR in your practice.
Innovations in Trauma Therapy Conference
by multiple speakers on DVD
This DVD provides 16.25 CE hours and includes multiple presentations from leading trauma theorists. Interactive dialogue and clinical demonstrations make this DVD a valuable and unique learning tool for professionals.
The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
This book transforms our understanding of stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring, specifically in the areas of the brain hard-wired for pleasure, engagement, control and trust. Bessel A. van der Kolk shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments such as neurofeedback, mindfulness, play, yoga and other therapies.
Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide
by Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD
Unique in it’s approach, each chapter guides clinicians further into trauma’s theory and practice; from assessment through stabilization, step-by-step demonstrations prove its in-session clinical utility and applicability. This is a clear and concise read on the HOWs and WHYs of trauma treatment.
Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past
by Peter Levine, PhD
Peter Levine, PhD tackles one of the most difficult and controversial questions of PTSD / Trauma Therapy: Can we trust our memories? While some argue that traumatic memories are unreliable and not useful, others insist that we absolutely must rely on our memory to make sense of the past experience.
Trauma, Attachment and Neuroscience
by Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Effective treatment of post-traumatic problems need to include addressing the imprint of trauma on the physical experience of the self as being helpless and in danger. Recovery needs to incorporate dealing with defensive efforts that helped ensure survival and incorporate physical experiences that contradict feelings and sensations associated with helplessness and disconnection. 6 CE Hours available!
Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment and Working with Survivors
by Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC
Addresses a variety of issues that are imperative to trauma competency, including how to handle grief and mourning, assessing for and addressing addiction and how to manage professional development issues, including self-care. Make clinically informed decisions based on setting, client preparedness, and other contextual variable, and develop strategies based on the best possible treatments in the field today.
Working with Children
The Whole-Brain Child Workbook
by Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tina Payne Bryson, PhD
The Wholebrain Child Workbook has a unique, interactive approach that allows readers not only to think more deeply about how the ideas fit their own parenting approach, but also develop specific and practical ways to implement the concepts. Including dozens of clear, practical and age specific exercises and activities to assist in brain development. This is a great book for clinicians, parents, educators, grandparents and caregivers to raise calmer, happy children.
Resources for therapists looking for continuing education opportunities
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