For Working With Adolescents
Recommended Reading List for Child and Adolescent Therapy
by Amanda Grieme, Ph. D., LMFT
Barkley, A. R. (2000). Taking charge of ADHD. New York, NY: Guilford. A book specifically for parents, offering psycho-education about ADHD as well as interventions to do in the home and community.
Berg, I. K., & Steiner, T. (2003). Children’s solution work. New York, NY: Norton. The solution-focused guide to working with children.
Blomquist, M. L. (2006). Skills training for children with behavior problems. New York, NY: Guilford. A great resource for your library – also user friendly enough for parents.
Bradley, M. J. (2003). Yes, your teen is crazy! Gig Harbor, WA: Harbor Press. A great reading assignment for parents and clinicians alike – this book describes the teenage brain in a humorous and interesting fashion.
Brooks, R., & Goldstein, S. (2001). Raising resilient children. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. A good book to recommend to parents.
Cohen, J. A., Mannarino, A. P., & Deblinger, E. (2006). Treating trauma and traumatic grief in children and adolescents. New York, NY: Guilford. The text that describes TF-CBT. A great read!
Cohen, J. A., Mannarino, A. P., & Deblinger, E. (2012). Trauma-focused CBT for children and adolescents: Treatment applications. New York, NY: Guilford.
Gil, E. (1994). Play in family therapy. New York, NY: Guilford.
Gil, E. (1996). Treating abused adolescents. New York, NY: Guilford. A systemic approach to treating adolescents who have been abused.
Greene, R. W., & Ablon, J. S. (2006). Treating explosive kids: The collaborative problem-solving approach. New York, NY: Guilford. The clinician’s guide to using the collaborative problem-solving approach (parent-training to reduce disruptive behaviors in the home). A good resource.
Hughes, D. A. (2007). Attachment-focused family therapy. New York, NY : Norton.
Kendall, P. C. (2006). Child and adolescent therapy: Cognitive-behavioral procedures. New York, NY: Guilford. A comprehensive overview of using CBT in therapy with kids/teens.
March, J. S. (2007). Talking back to OCD. New York, NY: Guilford. An excellent resource for both parents and clinicians who are involved with a child/teen struggling with OCD.
Miller, A. L., Rathus, J. H., & Linehan, M. M. (2007). Dialectical behavior therapy with suicidal adolescents. New York, NY: Guilford. A great resource for the clinician wanting to become more adept in treating teens who are suicidal or who self-injure.
Perl, E. (2008). Psychotherapy with adolescent girls and young women. New York, NY: Guilford. For those of you interested in attachment, an interesting read about working specifically with females.
Pipher, M. (1994). Reviving Ophelia: Saving the selves of adolescent girls. New York, NY: Ballantine Books. A fascinating book about the impact of Western culture on adolescent girls.
Purvis, K., Cross, D., & Sunshine, W. (2007). The connected child. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. A book focused on attachment, emotion strategies, and parenting skills: specifically for parents who have kids from a traumatic background or adoption.
Selekman, M. D. (1997). Solution-focused therapy with children. New York, NY: Guilford. A strengths-based, solution-focused approach to working with kids and families. Includes many case examples.
Sells, S. P. (1998). Treating the tough adolescent. New York, NY: Guilford. A very helpful tool for clinicians working with disruptive kids/teens from a systemic approach.
Siegel. D. J. (2014). Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the teenage brain. New York, NY: Penguin. A non-pathologizing and informing book about the teenage experience.
Siegel, D. J., & Hartzell, M. (2003). Parenting from the inside out. New York, NY: Penguin. A helpful read for parents trying to understand attachment theory.
Siegel, D. J., & Bryson, T. P. (2011). The whole-brain child. New York, NY: Delacourte Press. A great combination of specific techniques for parents to use as well as an overview of the child’s brain.
Smith, C., & Nylund, D. (1997). Narrative therapies with children and adolescents. New York, NY: Guilford. A fantastic resource for those of you wanting to specialize in child/adolescent therapy. Paints an understandable picture of narrative therapy, offering numerous interventions.
Webb, N. B. (2002). Helping bereaved children (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford. A fantastic text regarding the different ways that children grieve; includes numerous case examples and interventions.
CDC’s website filled with parenting tips, strategies, and tools.
Nakkula, Michael, J. Understanding Youth: Adolescent Development for Educators.
Tuber, Steven., Caflisch, Jane. Starting Treatment with Children and Adolescents: A Process Oriented Guide for Therapists.