Books and Resources for Therapists

A resource list for therapists and other mental health professionals, including book recommendations and sites that link to (free!) printable worksheets, handouts, and more.

By Cassie Jewell, M.Ed., LPC, LSATP

Updated January 18, 2020

This is a list of resources for mental health professionals. Please check back as I update regularly. If you have a suggestion, use the contact form on this site.


Books

Armstrong, C. (2015). The Therapeutic “Aha!” Strategies for Getting Your Clients Unstuck.

Belmont, J. (2015). The Therapist’s Ultimate Solution Book.

Buchalter, S. I. (2017). 250 Brief, Creative & Practical Art Therapy Techniques: A Guide for Clinicians and Clients

Rosenglen, D. B. (2018). Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook, 2nd ed.

The PracticePlanners Series


Websites & Blogs

ACEs Connection

An ACEs community for connecting with others who practice trauma-informed care. You can also access the latest news and research related to ACEs; this site also has a huge resource section with guides, surveys, webinars, and more.

ACT Mindfully

A variety of free worksheets, handouts, book chapters, articles, and more. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique and creative model for both therapy and coaching; a type of cognitive behavioural therapy based on the innovative use of mindfulness and values.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Info and clinical resources, including archived Webinars and podcasts

The Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction – Tools and Resources

The Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) is an internationally recognized research centre based at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. CARMHA conducts innovative and interdisciplinary scientific research related to mental health and substance use, primarily in the areas of clinical or other intervention practice, health systems and population health and epidemiology. Access free downloadable workbooks for stress in the workplace, depression, coping with chronic pain, and other topics.

Character Lab

A collection of “playbooks” for character-building in children

Collaborative Mental Health Care: Child & Youth Mental Health Toolkits

Assessments, handouts, resources guides, links to relevant sites, and more

Compassion Fatigue & Healthcare Professionals: An Online Guide

Resources for coping with compassion fatigue

Confident Counselors

A collaborative blog written by school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers

Counselling Resource

A resource site for mental health professionals and consumers. Includes interactive assessments, free PDF printables, and information related to online practice and clinical supervision.

Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction & Behavioral Health Professionals

Blog posts written by substance use and mental health providers

Education4Health

The resource section includes a variety of PDF booklets, guides, and workbooks

Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice

Information on evidence-based behavioral practices: includes tools, assessments, videos, and free online training modules

Expressive Art Inspirations: Free Expressive Arts Learning Library

A collection of creative art techniques

Expressive Therapist: Group Activities

A list of ideas for groups of children, teens, and adults

Guided Self-Change

A great resource for SUD assessments, group materials, and handouts

Get Self-Help – Free Resources

This website provides CBT self-help and therapy resources, including a large collection of worksheets and information sheets and self-help mp3s; a useful tools for therapists or individuals seeking to manage a mental health condition.

The Helpful Counselor

Resources for school counselors

National Center for PTSD for Professionals

Free handouts, toolkits, online trainings, and more

Personality Lab

Articles, assessments, dissertations, etc. on personality intelligence

Positive Psychology Program

This site contains a wealth of free assessments, PDF printables, activities, handouts, worksheets, and more. Search by category or browse blog posts.

PsyberGuide

A nonprofit organization that discovers and reviews mental health apps, which are rated as unacceptable, questionable, or acceptable. You can also search target conditions and treatments. Use this site to make recommendations to your clients.

PsychCentral

Articles, news, blogs, forums, interactive quizzes, and more

Self-Care Starter Kit from University at Buffalo School of Social Work

Designed to prevent/treat burnout, this kit includes info on vicarious trauma, assessments, meditations, and helpful links to additional self-care resources

SMI Adviser

Search topics and find resources for SMI. You can also access a variety of free online courses to earn CE credits.

Social Work Helper

Mental health articles and resources

Society for Adolescent Health: Mental Health (ADOLESCENT AND YOUNG ADULT CLINICAL CARE RESOURCES)

Toolkits, apps, guides, manuals, videos, reports, and more

Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

Articles, book reviews, and more on relevant topics

Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12)

A division of the American Psychological Association, this site provides an up-to-date list of evidence-based treatments, and includes links to free assessments, manuals, handouts, etc. for many of the treatments

TherapyAdvisor.org

A searchable database of empirically supported treatments for SUD and MH

Therapy Worksheets

A blog by Will Baum, LCSW, with links to free therapy worksheets

Handouts & Worksheets

CBT for Psychosis & Trauma & Psychosis Handouts

A short list of helpful handouts; this site is also a source for blog posts on psychosis and trauma (by Ron Unger, LCSW)

Centre for Clinical Interventions

Free downloadable workbooks on anxiety, self-esteem, eating disorders, panic, perfectionism, and more

Kim’s Counseling Corner – Therapy and Self-Help Worksheets

Kim Peterson, LPC-S, specializes in child and teen issues, parenthood, play therapy and relationships. She provides links to online worksheets or PDF versions that she has collected over time as a therapist. Topics include abuse, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and more.

Marriage Intelligence: “Love Tools”

Free downloadable worksheets for surviving infidelity, forgiveness, communication, etc.

Mind Tools

Free management, leadership, and personal effectiveness worksheets and tools. (Join the Mind Tools Club for a fee to access additional tools and online courses.)

Oxford Clinical Psychology: Forms and Worksheets

A vast collection of forms, handouts, and assessments on anxiety, OCD, depression, parenting, substance use, and more

Psychology Tools

Psychology Tools is a leading online resource for therapists. Download free worksheets, assessments, and guides.

PsychPoint

Articles and worksheets

Therapist Aid

An extensive collection of free evidence-based education and therapy tools. Download customizable worksheets or access articles and treatment guides. An invaluable resource for therapists.

Ultimate Solution Handouts

Free printable handouts for therapists (from Judith Belmont)

UW Medicine: Harborview Medical Center (Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress)

Handouts/worksheets for clients on coping with challenging thoughts, anxiety, anger, etc. The site also includes a list of assessments.

social media Groups & Forums

Continuing Ed Collective (Facebook)

Counseling Psychology (Reddit)

Marriage & Family Therapists (Facebook)

Professional Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, & Psychologists (Facebook)

Psychology (Reddit)

Psychotherapy: A Place for Therapists (Reddit)

A Spot for Social Workers… (Reddit)

Therapist Toolbox (Facebook)

Training Resource Group for Mental Health Professionals (Facebook)

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.

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