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, LPC, LSATP

Updated July 12, 2019

This is a list of books and websites for mental health professionals. Please check back as I update regularly. If you have a suggestion, use the contact form on this site to send me a message.


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

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

Finley, J., & Lenz, B. (2014). Addiction Treatment Homework Planner, 5th ed. Provides you with an array of ready-to-use, between-session assignments designed to fit virtually every therapeutic mode.


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

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)

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.

Centre for Clinical Interventions

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

Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice

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

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.

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.)

National Center for PTSD for Professionals

Free handouts, toolkits, online trainings, and more

Oxford Clinical Psychology: Forms and Worksheets

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

Psychology Tools

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

PsychPoint

Articles and worksheets

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.

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

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.

TherapyAdvisor.org

A searchable database of empirically supported treatments for SUD and MH

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.

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!