Good Reads for Coaches

 dsm-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)

by American Psychiatric Association

This new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders. It is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. An essential resource for counsellors and mental health practitioners.
 cognitive-therapy  Cognitive Therapy and the Emotional Disorders

 by Aaron T. Beck

What if a person’s psychological difficulties stem from his own erroneous assumptions and faulty concepts of himself and the world? Such a person can be helped to recognize and correct distortions in thinking that cause his emotional disturbance. This topic is explored and discussed in depth by Aaron Beck, one of the founders of cognitive therapy.
 when-kids-are-grieving  When Kids Are Grieving: Addressing Grief and Loss in School

 by Donna M. Burns, Kenneth J. Doka

This primer helps adults better understand and respond appropriately to this demographic’ unique experience of grief. As well as providing information on loss, it discusses different therapeutic interventions, and helps determine when it is appropriate to refer a child to a specialist. An excellent resource for professionals and parents alike.
 trauma-textbook Healing from Trauma: A Survivor’s Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life

 by Jasmin Lee Cori, Robert C. Scaer

This book helps us better understand trauma and its devastating symptoms. It also looks at different therapeutic interventions (therapies, self-help groups, medications and alternatives) – and maintains an emphasis on growth and change. It is perfect for anyone seeking to recover from the devastating impacts of trauma.
 theory-and-practice-of-group-counseling Theory and Practice of Group Counseling

 by Gerald Corey

This book equips readers with the knowledge and skills for effective group counseling and leadership. It deals with setting up, running, and ending a group; with practical issues, and with ethical concerns. It introduces the key theoretical approaches to group work, discusses each of these approaches in depth, and demonstrates how to successfully apply its key principles in real life settings. A highly practical resource.
 abnormal-psychology  Abnormal Psychology

 by Gerald C. Davison, John M. Neale, Ann M. Kring

Abnormal Psychology gives students the opportunity to explore the latest theories and research in our search for answers to the complex questions of psychopathology. Students are invited to search for clues, follow-up on hunches, evaluate evidence, and participate in a process of discovery as they sift through the evidence on the origins of psychopathology and the effectiveness of specific interventions.
 the-skilled-helper The Skilled Helper: A Problem-Management and Opportunity-Development Approach to Helping

 by Gerard Egan

In this book, Egan emphasizes the collaborative nature of the therapist-client relationship and uses a practical, three-stage model which drives client problem-managing and opportunity-developing action. Egan masterfully leads readers step-by-step through the counselling process, while giving them a feeling for the complexity inherent in any helping relationship.
 logotherapy  Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy

by Viktor E. Frankl

In this book, Frankl gives a moving account of his life amid the horrors of the Nazi death camps. He explains how these experiences led to the discovery of logotherapy. Logotherapy is a positive approach which states that man is free to transcend his suffering and still find personal meaning in life, regardless of external circumstances.
 hold-me-tight  Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

by Sue Johnson

In this book, Johnson teaches that the way to save and enrich relationships is to re-establish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond. With this in mind, she focuses on key moments in a relationship-from Recognizing the Demon Dialogue to Revisiting a Rocky Moment-and uses them as touchpoints for seven healing conversations.
 love-sense Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

 by Sue Johnson

LOVE SENSE explains that romantic love is a deep and meaningful attachment bond. It also shows us how to develop rewarding and long-lasting relationships. Specifically, the book explores the three stages of a relationship. It also discusses the intelligence of emotions, the logic of love, and the physical and psychological benefits of secure love.
 on-death-and-dying  On Death and Dying

 by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

One of the most important psychological studies of the late twentieth century. It explores the five stages of death and dying: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Hence, it gives a richer understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve them, and the patient’s family.
 family-therapy  Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods

by Michael P. Nichols, and Richard, C. Schwatrz



Long considered the standard of excellence—the best introduction and guide to the practice of family therapy available—this accessible resource explores the rich history and contemporary practice of the entire field. Highly informative and practical. An invaluable read for anyone who works with couples and families.
 theory-and-practice-of-counselling-and-therapy Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
by Richard Nelson-Jones
This highly readable and popular text helps you to develop your own counseling style. You will gain a firm foundation of the major counselling theories (psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, Gestalt, reality, behavior, cognitive-behavior, family systems, feminist, and postmodern approaches) as they are used in practice.
 the-body-keeps-the-score  The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

 by Bessel A. van der Kolk

Renowned trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk has spent over three decades working with survivors. In this book, he outlines how traumatic stress literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He then shows how these areas can be reactivated through using a range of different therapies.
 counseling-children-and-adolscents  Counseling Children and Adolescents

 by Ann Vernon

This book outlines how to assess children’s needs; also, how to design helpful counselling interventions based on research findings. Thus, it includes extensive information on play therapy, rational-emotional therapy, small group counselling, and more. A wide range if counselling issues are explored and discussed by the author.
worden-book Grief Counselling and Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner

 by J.William Worden

In this text on grief, loss and bereavement, Dr. Worden draws on extensive research, his clinical work, and the best of the available literature in this field. There is information on a range of losses, as well as a description of the four “tasks of mourning” and the seven “mediators of mourning.”
 staring-at-the-sun  Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death

 by Irvin D. Yalom

In this book, Dr. Yalom helps us recognize that the fear of death is at the heart of much of our anxiety. However, once we confront our own mortality, we are able to arrange our priorities, communicate more deeply with those we love, appreciate more keenly the beauty of life, and increase our willingness to take the risks necessary for personal fulfillment.
the-gift-of-therapy The gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and their Patients.
by Irvin D. Yalom
“The Gift of Therapy” is a masterwork from one of today’s most accomplished psychological thinkers. A guidebook for successful therapy, it is rich with insights and wisdom for working with a diverse range of clients.


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