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Tools and Resources for Family Therapists

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.

Contextual Therapy

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.

Narrative Therapy

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.

Structural Therapy

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.

Business Consulting

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.