Best Workbooks and Clinical Guides for Working with Parentsshutterstock_64834870-300x234


They sit down in your office and you feel the weight of their desperation, fatigue and frustration as they stare with serious focused attention…. “Help me learn to control my child.”

The bad news is you know that 90% of the time it’s about the parent and not the child. The good news is, has climbed through the thousands of books on parenting to find the best one’s to support you in turning that desperate stare into a relaxed smile.


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.


How to Parent

This a classic book.  It is is easy to read and gives timeless sound information about how to parent through the developmental phases. It is a good comprehensive book for the therapist to cultivate their parenting advice.


How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Yep, communicating with children is different than communicating with adults.  This book has been considered the pocket parenting book and can be a key tool for a therapist who is both working with kids or teaching parents about how to adjust themselves to the developmental level of the child.


Parenting Skills Homework Planner (PracticePlanners)

A good go to book to both help parents set clear structure in their home and provide healthy discipline. This book gives clear ideas to the therapist and exercises that parents can leave the office with to take into their home and practice. As well all know, if the clients don’t leave with ideas and permanently implement them into their own home then there is no positive change.


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