Best Books for Working with Children and Adolescents 

Kids can be a challenging population to work with because of the importance of capturing their attention in the session. The fine balance between not pressuring them to talk vs not feeling like the session is going anywhere.

To help you with this delicate balance we have compiled a recommended list of books and resources that we have found works and that our clients/consumers like.

Our selection process for books and workbooks is to test them regarding whether they are:

1) Proven effective and are broad enough to be able to be used with various clinical styles and approaches

2) Written specifically to give concrete help, structure, and guidance with little to no fluff. (Your time is important)

Please follow this link for a detailed explanation of our selection criteria.

We welcome comments and suggestions regarding books you have found helpful and would be happy to review and potentially add them to our list.


 Best Books for Working with Children and Adolescents


Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth

These two books offer a lot of strategies and activities to help keep attention and build rapport while creating space for kids and adolescents to open up and share. Do be aware that some of the suggestions involve further purchase of certain recommended board games- but hey, if your a dedicated child therapist you probably have some in your closet anyway.


Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques

This book is for the older stage of development of Children and Adolescents. Straight, clear and direct, with lots of examples of how to handle difficult situations with youth and families.




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