Books can help us learn different techniques, but they can also teach us different perspectives. Here are some books that I’ve read, started reading, or that have been suggested for me to read!
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- The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma– This has been recommended to me by so many, and I’m excited to keep reading. It’s a bit heavy, but it’s all about how the body remembers trauma.
- Power, Resistance and Liberation in Therapy with Survivors of Trauma– Just wow. A bit difficult to read (may require a second read), but each chapter was filled with such profound perspectives. Highly recommend.
- Trauma and Recovery– This book was recommended during a trauma-informed care training. The author shares their perspective on how to approach people who have experienced traumatic events.
- Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others– Second only to The Body Keeps the Score, this book is one of the most highly recommended books from professors and from clinical trainers. This book explores how we, in a caring profession, can help others who have experienced trauma.
- The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook – What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing– Full disclosure, I have not read this one yet, but it has been recommended to me and it is on my list.
- Born for Love: Why Empathy Is Essential – and Endangered– I have also not read this one yet, but a professor recommended it during a training on trauma-informed care.
- ACT Made Simple: An Easy-To-Read Primer on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – I’ve really enjoyed learning about ACT and incorporating some of it into my sessions.
- Practice Planners (Any you might find useful)- I own a few practice planners. Depending on the type of planner, it can help you write your notes, plan homework for clients, or plan the course of treatment. They are available in different focus areas (Child Psychotherapy Treatment, Group Therapy Homework, Adult Psychotherapy Progress Notes, and so. many. more.).
- Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most– I bought this one in an airport and refused to sleep just to read. Use it to change how you speak to others and perhaps to help teach clients effective, empathetic assertiveness.
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5– I know this one is a bit obvious. Whether you do or do not diagnose, educating yourself on diagnoses can be beneficial. (but recognize that diagnoses do not tell the whole story of a person!!)
- Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood: DC: 0-5– The DSM is not for children under 5! For these ages, the DC:0-5 is used.
Other Good Reads
- Stories of Transformative Leadership in Human Services: Why the Glass Is Always Full– I have not read this one, but I am excited to!
- The GIft of Therapy- Recommended by one of my first-year MSW professors, this book is said to be great for therapists.
- The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter–And How to Make the Most of Them Now– I read this book before applying to grad school to help guide me in my choices. The author has extensive experience working with twenty-somethings and she includes research in the book! Whether you are in your twenties or not, she has an interesting perspective. If you work with young adults, perhaps consider reading this book.
- Working in social work: The real world guide to practice settings– For those about to enter the field of social work, thinking of changing their area of focus, or considering pursuing a career in social work, this book reviews the pros and cons of different areas social workers cover. It includes interviews/stories from social workers in different fields!
- Taking Charge of Adult ADHD – I’ll be honest, I haven’t read this one yet, but I’ve heard good things and I’m excited to read. Written by a researcher and clinician, this book delves into what it is like to have ADHD as an adult.
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