The Find Your Niche List
Tools + Resources for finding work You LOVE
Welcome to Family Therapy Basics! Below is a list of trainings, certifications, and books on a wide range of counseling specialties and topics. I hope you find something that peaks your interest! To download the list as a pdf, click here:
Post-Graduate Training + Certifications
American Bowen Academy: Certification in "Bowenwork"
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists: Membership and certification for sex therapists upon training completion
Cloud-Townsend Resources: Intensives, Training, + Workshops
Council for Relationships: Mental health, sex therapy, and clergy tracks
CPP: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment certification program
Dulwich Centre: Resources + information for Narrative practice
Family & Play Therapy Center: Contextual Therapy, Play Therapy, + Mindfulness
The Gottman Institute: Certification + events
The International Centre for Excellence in Emotion-Focused Therapy: Membership + resource for certified EFT therapists
International Coach Federation: Membership and credentialing for coaches upon training completion; lists training programs
International Ombudsman Association: Certification for organizational ombudsmen, membership, + professional development
The John C. Maxwell Certification Program: Leadership, personal, + business development
National Marriage Seminars: Offers training + seminars by the world's leading couples therapists and researchers, including John & Julie Gottman, and Sue Johnson
Public Conversations Project: Training + Workshops
Society for Organizational Learning: Membership, Programs, + Workshops
Books on Family Therapy + Systemic Practice
MFT Training and Practice
Borders, L. D., & Brown, L. L. (2005). The new handbook of counseling supervision. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers.
Brock, C. W., & Barnard, C. P. (2009). Procedures in marriage and family therapy (4th ed). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Gehart, D. R. (2013). Mastering competencies in family therapy: A practical approach to theory and clinical case documentation. Cengage Learning.
Gehart, D. R., & Tuttle, A. R. (2003). Theory-based treatment planning for marriage and family therapists: Integrating theory and practice. Broooks/Cole Publishing Company.
Mead, E. (2012). Becoming a marriage and family therapist: From classroom to consulting room. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
Patterson, J., Williams, L., Grauf-Grounds, C., & Chamow, L. (1998). Essential skills in family therapy: From the first interview to termination. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Thomas, F. N. (2013). Solution-focused supervision: A resource-oriented approach to developing clinical expertise. New York, NY: Springer Science & Business Media.
Todd, T. C., & Storm, C. L. (2002). The complete systemic supervisor: Context, philosophy, and pragmatics. Lincoln, NE: Authors Choice Press.
General Systems Theory
Becvar, D. S., & Becvar, R. J. (1999). Systems theory and family therapy: A primer. Latham, MD: University Press of America.
Bateson, G. (1972). Steps to an ecology of mind: Collected essays in anthropology, psychiatry, evolution, and epistemology. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Senge, P., Scharfer, C. O., Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B. S. (2004). Presence: Human presence and the field of the future. New York, NY: Doubleday.
Bowen Family Systems Theory + Family of Origin Therapy
Bowen, M. (1978). Family therapy in clinical practice. New York, NY: Jason Aronson, Inc.
Framo, J. L. (Ed.). (1972). Family interaction: A dialogue between family researchers and family therapists. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.
Framo, J. L. (1992). Family of origin therapy: An intergenerational approach. New York, NY: Brunner/Mazel, Inc.
Gilbert, R. M. (2006). The eight concepts of Bowen theory. Falls Church, VA: Center for the Study of Human Systems.
Kerr, M. E., & Bowen, M. (1988). Family evaluations: An approach based on Bowen theory. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Titleman, P. (Ed.). (2008). Triangles: Bowen family systems theory perspectives. New York, NY: Haworth Press.
Experiential Family Therapy
Napier, A. Y., & Whitaker, C. (1978). The family crucible. New York, NY: Harper & Row Publishers, Inc.
Satir, V. (1972). Peoplemaking. Mountain View, CA: Science and Behavior Books.
Satir, V. (1983). Conjoint family therapy. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.
Satir, V. (1972). The new people making. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.
Satir, V., & Baldwin, M. (1983). Satir step by step. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.
Satir, V., & Banken, J. (1991). The Satir model: Family therapy and beyond. Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.
Whitaker, C. A., & Burberry, W. M. (1988). Dancing with the family: A symbolic-experiential approach. Levittown, PA: Brunner/Mazel.
Brief Therapy (MRI, Strategic, + Ericksonian)
Fisch, R., Weakland, J. H., & Segal, L. (1982). The tactics of change: Doing therapy briefly. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Flemons, D. (2002). Of one mind: The logic of hypnosis, the practice of therapy. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Haley, J. (1987). Problem-solving therapy (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Haley, J. (1986). Uncommon therapy: The psychiatric techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M. D.. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
O'Hanlon, W. H. (1987). Taproots: Underlying principles of Milton Erickson's therapy and hypnosis. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Collaborative Language Systems
Anderson, H., & Goolishian, H. (1987). Langauge systems and therapy: An evolving idea. Psychotherapy, 24(3S), 529-538.
Anderson, H., & Goolishian, H. (1988). Human systems as linguistic systems: Preliminary and evolving ideas about the implications for clinical theory. Family Process, 27, 371-393.
Anderson, H. (2012). Collaborative relationships and dialogic conversations: Ideas for relationally responsive practice. Family Process, 51(1), 8-24.
Boszormenyi-Nagy, I. K. (2013). Between give and take: A clinical guide to contextual therapy. New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.
Boszormenyi-Nagy, I. K. (2014). Foundations of contextual therapy: Collected papers of Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, M. D.. New York, NY: Rutledge.
Krasner, B. R., & Joyce, A. J. (1995). Truth, trust, and relationships: Healing interventions in Contextual Therapy. New York, NY: Brunner/Mazel.
Agassi, J. B. (Ed.). (1999), Martin Buber on psychology and psychotherapy. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press.
Bertrando, P. (2007). The dialogical therapist: Dialogue in systemic practice. London, England: Karnac Books.
Buber, M. (1970). I and thou. New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons.
Buber, M. (l988). The knowledge of man: A philosophy of the interhuman. M. S. Friedman (Ed.). Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press International.
Buber, M. (2002a). Between man and man. New York, NY: Routledge.
Buber, M., Rogers, C. R., Anderson, R., & Cessna, K. N. (1997). The Marting Buber-Carl Rogers dialogue: A new transcript with commentary. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
McCarthy, I., & Simon, G. (Eds.). (2016). Systemic practice as transformative practice. Farnhill, UK: Everything is Connected Press.
Seikkula, J., & Arnkil, T. E. (2006). Dialogical meetings in social networks. London, Englad: Karnac Books.
Epston, D., & White, M. (1992). Experience, contradiction, narrative and imagination: Selected papers of David Epston & Michael White. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
Griffith, J. L., & Griffith, M. E. (2002). Encountering the sacred in psychotherapy: How to talk with people about their spiritual lives. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
White, M. (Ed.). (1997). Narratives of therapists’ lives. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
White, M. (2004). Narrative practice and exotic lives: Resurrecting diversity in everyday life. Adelaide, South Australia: Dulwich Centre Publications.
White, M. (2007). Maps of narrative practice. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
White M., & Epston D. (1990). Narrative means to therapeutic ends. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Solution-Focused + Solution-Oriented
Berg, I. K. (1994). Family based services: A solution-based approach. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Cade, B., & O'Hanlon, W. H. (1993). A brief guide to brief therapy. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
De Jong, P., & Berg, I. K. (2012). Interviewing for solutions. Cengage Learning. Belmont, CA: Thomas Books.
De Shazer, S. (1982). Patterns of brief family therapy: An ecosystemic approach. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
De Shazer, S. (1985). Keys to solutions in brief therapy. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
De Shazer, S., & Dolan, Y. (2012). More than miracles: The state of the art of solution-focused brief therapy. New York, NY: Routledge.
Duncan, B. L., Miller, S. D., & Hubble, M. (1996). Handbook of solution-focused brief therapy. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
O'Hanlon, B., & Bertolino, B. (1998). Even from a broken web: Brief, respectful solution-oriented therapy for sexual abuse and trauma. Mew York, NY: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
O'Hanlon, B., & Martin, M. (1992). Solution-oriented hypnosis: An Ericksonian approach. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
O'Hanlon, W. H., & Weiner-Davis, M. (2003). In search of solutions: A new direction in psychotherapy. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Aponte, H. J. (1994). Bread & spirit: Therapy with the new poor: Diversity of race, culture, and values. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Minuchin, S. (1974). Families and family therapy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Minuchin, S. (1984). Family kaleidoscope. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Minuchin, S., & Fishman, H. C. (1991). Family therapy techniques. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
McGoldrick, M. (2011). The genogram journey: Reconnecting with your family. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
McGoldrick, M., Gerson, R., & Petry, S. S. (2008). Genograms: Assessment and intervention (3rd ed.). New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Marlin, E. (1989). Genograms: The new tool for exploring the personality, career, and love patterns you inherit. Chicago, IL: Contemporary Books.
Couple + Sex Therapy
Chapman, G. (2009). The five love languages: The secret to love that lasts. Chicago, IL: Northfields Publishing
Gottman, J. M (1999). The marriage clinic: A scientifcally-based marital therapy. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Gottman, J. S. (Ed.). (2004). The marriage clinic casebook. W. W. Norton & Company.
Gottman, J. S., & Gottman, J. M. (2015). 10 principles for doing effective couples therapy. W. W. Norton & Company.
Guerin, P. J., Fay, L. F., Burden, S. L., & Kautto, J. G. (1987). The evaluation and treatment of marital conflict: A four stage approach. New York, NY: Basic Books.
Gurman, A. S., Lebow, J. L., & Snyder, D. K. (Eds.). (2015). Clinical handbook of couple therapy (5th ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.
Johnson, S. M. (2004). The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy: Creating connection (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.
Lieblum, S. R. (Ed.). (2006). Principles and practice of sex therapy (4th ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.
Weeks, G. R., & Fife, S. T. (2001). Couples in treatment: Techniques and approaches for effective practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.
Weeks, G. R., & Gambescia, N. (2002). Hypoactive sexual desire: Integrating sex and couple therapy. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
Cooperrider, D. L., Whitney, D., & Stavros, J. M. (2008). Appreciative inquiry. Brunswick, OH: Crown Custom Publishing.
Ellinor, L., & Gerard, G. (1998). Dialogue: Rediscover the transforming power of conversation. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Friedman, E. H. (1985). Generation to generation: Family process in church and synagogue. New York, NY: Seabury Books.
Friedman, E. H. (2007). A failure of nerve: Leadership in the age of the quick fix. New York, NY: Seabury Books.
Isaacs, W. (2008). The art of thinking together. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.
Senge, P. (2004). he art and practice of the learning organization. New York, NY: Doubleday.
Stoltzfus, T. (2008) Coaching questions: A coach's guide to powerful asking skills. Virginia Beach, VA: Tony Stoltzfus.
Whitworth, L. (2007). Co-active coaching: New skills for coaching people toward success in work and life. Boston, MA: Nicholas Brealey Publishing,
Stander, M. B. (2016). The coaching habit: Say less, ask more, and change the way you lead forever. Toronto, Canada: Box of Crayons Press.