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10 Books You Can Totally Skim and Still Learn A Lot - For Mental Health Professionals

Updated: Jan 3

Like many others, I collect a large amount of therapy and social work-related books. I have every intention to read them and hope I finish at least a good handful soon. However, that is just not in the cards for me right now.


I imagine many people are like me and want to learn but do not have time to read cover-to-cover (yet. hopefully, one day). So, below are some books for social workers and mental health professionals that can be skimmed while still teaching you something.


Disclaimer: This blog contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission from each sale. Also, this is not an extensive list, just some of the books I have enjoyed thus far for educational purposes only.



Firstly, ACT Made Simple outlines Acceptance and Commitment Therapy strategies. I will note that the authors themselves do recommend reading the book fully before implementing ACT as an intervention. Still, I have enjoyed learning about metaphors, visuals, and other interventions that I can adapt in my own way.



Secondly, The Child Psychotherapy Treatment Planner covers treatment recommendations from assessment to treatment closure for concerns such as depression, anxiety, enuresis/encopresis, unresolved grief/loss, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.




Thirdly and similarly, The Adolescent Psychotherapy Treatment Planner outlines treatment recommendations for adolescents. You can look into treatment for concerns such as negative peer influences, low self-esteem, OCD, PTSD, and runaway tendencies.


Additionally, you can consider books from the same series like The Complete Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, The Couples Psychotherapy Treatment Planner, The Family Therapy Treatment Planner, The Parenting Skills Treatment Planner, or The Probation and Parole Treatment Planner.



This book focuses on social skills training in a group setting for persons with Schizophrenia. Aside from the obvious, it also covers possible barriers and how to address them.



DBT skills may be helpful for people who need help learning mindfulness, communication, coping, or high emotional distress skills. The handouts can be used as visuals for clients in-person or on telehealth.



This book, as the title suggests, outlines step-by-step how to make a good apology.



This book will briefly cover target areas for the treatment of Antisocial Borderline Narcissistic and Histrionic Personality Disorders. It includes information and worksheets as guidance.



Short and simple, this book provides common language used in assessment, informed consent, diagnosis, etc, translated into Spanish.



Next, this book is great because it outlines the author's 11 principles of transforming grief. It also has worksheets to use for each principle.



Lastly, this book almost did not make the list because it is probably the most-recommended book colleagues have shared with me. It is the book I am trying my hardest to read through. It does read much like a textbook. Even just reading a couple of chapters or focusing briefly on a few sections has taught me a few ways to re-think and in turn explain trauma.


Thank you for reading and I hope something was helpful!


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