Free Printable PDF Workbooks, Manuals, and Self-Help Guides

A resource list for mental health professionals and consumers. Free PDF manuals/workbooks for group and individual therapy or self-help purposes.

Compiled by Cassie Jewell, LPC, LSATP

Updated September 19, 2019

The following list is comprised of links to over 100 PDF workbooks, manuals, and guidebooks that are published online and free to use with clients and/or for self-help purposes. Some of the manuals, including Individual Resiliency Training and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychotic Symptoms, are evidence-based.

Substance Use Disorders and Addiction

12 Step Workbooks
Addiction Free Forever Workbook
ASI-MV Worksheets & Handouts (for Addiction Recovery)
Brief Counseling for Marijuana Dependence: A Manual for Treating Adults
Client Workbook (from the Substance Use | Brain Injury Bridging Project)
A Cognitive Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction
Community Reinforcement and Family Training: Support and Prevention (Manual)
Co-occurring Disorders Treatment Workbook
Empowering Your Sober Self: The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery
Life With Hope: 12 Step Workbook from Marijuana Anonymous
Mapping Your Recovery (A Peer-Based Model)
Matrix Series (Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People with Stimulant Use Disorders): Client’s Handbook
Matrix Series (Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People with Stimulant Use Disorders): Client’s Treatment Companion
Matrix Series (Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People with Stimulant Use Disorders): Counselor’s Family Education Manual
Matrix Series (Intensive Outpatient Treatment for People with Stimulant Use Disorder): Counselor’s Treatment Manual
Matrix Series: Using Matrix with Women Clients
Motivational Enhancement Therapy Manual: A Clinical Research Guide for Therapists Treating Individuals With Alcohol Abuse and Dependence
Motivational Enhancement Therapy with Drug Abusers
My Action Plan for Relapse Prevention
Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals
Reaching out to a Hurting World: Christ-Centered Workbook on Recovery and Coordinating Twelve-Step Meetings
Recovery Maintenance Workbook
Relapse Prevention Workbook
SMART Recovery Worksheets
Steps by the Big Book
Strengthening Your Spiritual Self
Substance Misuse Workbook
Therapeutic Community Curriculum: Participant’s Manual and Trainer’s Manual

Anxiety, Depression, & Stress

Anxiety: Moodjuice Self-Help Guide
Anxiety Toolbox: Student Workbook
Basic Anxiety Management Skills
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: Activities and Your Mood (Individual Treatment Version) Provider’s Guidebook
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Veterans and Military Servicemembers: Therapist Manual 
Comprehensive Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Social Phobia: A Treatment Manual
Coping With Anxiety
Dealing With Distress
Depression Self-Management Toolkit
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Patient Treatment Manual
Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: Thoughts and Your Mood
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Depression in Veterans: Therapist Guide
ISLAMIC INTEGRATED COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY: 10 Sessions Treatment Manual for Depression in Clients with Chronic Physical Illness (Therapist Manual Workbook)
Manage Stress Workbook
Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Group Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Treatment Manual
The Mindful Path through Shyness
REBT Depression Manual: Managing Depression Using  Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Self-Care Depression Program: Antidepressant Skills Workbook
Self-Help Workbook: Calming Tools to Manage Anxiety
Shyness & Social Anxiety: Moodjuice Self-Help Guide
Understanding Depression

Schizophrenia & Psychotic Disorders

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychotic Symptoms: A Therapist’s Manual
Illness Management and Recovery: Practitioner Guides and Handbooks
Social Anxiety in Schizophrenia: A Cognitive Behavioural Group Programme

Trauma & PTSD

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD: Group Manual
Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook
Guidebook on Vicarious Trauma: Recommended Solutions for Anti-Violence Workers
Survivor To Thriver: Manual and Workbook for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Who Want to Move On with Life
The Trauma-Informed Supervisor
Women Healing from Trauma: A Facilitator’s Guide

Suicide & Self-Harm

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department (Spanish Version)
After an Attempt A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member after Treatment in the Emergency Department (Spanish Version)
The ‘Hurt Yourself Less’ Workbook
A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt
Working Through Self-Harm: A Workbook

Grief

Back To Life: Your Personal Guidebook to Grief Recovery
Grief Counseling Resource Guide: A Field Manual (from NY State Office of Mental Health)
On the Wings of Grief: A Bereavement Journal for Adults
Remembering For Good: Wholehearted Living after Loss
Treatment of Individuals with Prolonged and Complicated Grief and Traumatic Bereavement

Anger

Anger Management for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Clients: Participant Workbook (Spanish Version) (Provider Manual)
Anger Management Workbook
CALM: Controlling Anger and Learning to Manage It | Master Package and Workbook
Controlling Anger: A Self-Help Guide

Meditation & Mindfulness

Adult Coloring Book for Mindfulness and Relaxation
The Fundamentals of Meditation Practice
How To Meditate
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): Authorized Curriculum Guide
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook
Self-Compassion and Mindfulness
Your Guide to Meditation

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Anonymous Step Workbook
Self-Help Manual for Bulimia Nervosa

Wellness, Resiliency, & Personal Development

The Bouncing Back Workbook: Building Skills that Strengthen Resilience
Creating a Healthier Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Wellness (Spanish Version)
Determine Your Destiny (Self-Determination Series)
Happiness 101 Workbook
Happy for No Reason Workbook
HERO: Healthy Emotions and Improving Health Behavior Outcomes (Veteran Workbook)
Hope Focused Self-Help Workbook
Individual Resiliency Training
Nutrition and Exercise for Wellness and Recovery Leader Manual and Participant Manual
Personal Brand Workbook
Refine Your Life Workbook
Resilience Toolkit
Think Good – Feel Good
Wellness Self-Management Personal Workbook
Wellness Worksheets, 12th Edition
What Do You Want to Do with Your Life? Your Life Plan to Find Your Answer
Working Toward Wellness
Your Best You: Improving Your Mood

Children & Adolescents

The Adolescent Coping with Stress Course: Leader Manual and Workbook
Dealing With Trauma: A TF-CBT Workbook for Teens
Favorite Therapeutic Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Interventions
Lemons or Lemonade? An Anger Workbook for Teens
STEADY: Intervention Manual and Adolescent Workbook
Trauma and Resilience: An Adolescent Provider Toolkit

Healthy Relationships

Couplets (from #ThatsNotLove Discussion Guide Series)
Healthy Relationships Resource Kit
Healthy Relationships Toolkit
PREPARE/ENRICH Workbook for Couples
Promoting Healthy Relationships
The Stages of Divorce

CBT Manuals & Workbooks

CBT Worksheet Packet, 2017 Edition (Beck Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
Cognitive Behavioural Interpersonal Skills Manual
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi): Treatment Manual
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills Training Workbook
Cognitive Processing Therapy Veteran/Military Version: THERAPIST AND PATIENT MATERIALS MANUAL
Cognitive Psychotherapy Workbook
Simple CBT Worksheets (from Autism Teaching Strategies)
A Therapist’s Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The Think CBT Workbook
Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program

DBT Manuals & Workbooks

A Modified DBT Group Therapy Manual
Open-Minded Thinking (DBT Workbook)

Motivational Interviewing

MIA: Step (Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency)
Motivational Interviewing Worksheets/Activities from MINT

Additional Manuals & Workbooks

The Complete Set of Client Handouts and Worksheets from ACT books by Russ Harris
Co-occurring Disorders Problem Gambling Integrated Treatment Workbook
Family Psychoeducation Workboook
Forgiveness Workbook: A Step by Step Guide
Hoarding Self-Help Manual
Johari Window Workbook
Just as I Am Workbook: A Guided Journal to Free Yourself from Self-Criticism and Feelings of Low Self-Worth
Recognition | Insight | Openness Workbook
Social Emotional Activities Workbook
Social Skills Training for Severe Mental Disorders: A Therapist Manual
Solution Focused Therapy: A Manual for Working with Individuals
STEP AHEAD Workbook: Career Planning for People with Criminal Convictions
Tobacco Cessation: An Abbreviated Mini-Workbook (A Resource for Veterans)

Please comment with links to additional PDF resources for therapy or self-help!

Author: Cassie Jewell

Cassie Jewell, introvert and avid reader, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and licensed substance abuse treatment practitioner with a Master's Degree in Community Counseling.

10 thoughts on “Free Printable PDF Workbooks, Manuals, and Self-Help Guides”

  1. Greatly appreciated from a mother of an addicted alcoholic daughter trying to educate herself and support her daughter. Never took much psychology in school so very helpful. Thank you

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