San Diego Family Therapy Resources


ADOPTION 

  • All About Adoption: How Families Are Made & How Kids Feel About It
  • Finding the Right Spot: When Kids Can’t Live With Their Parents
  • Maybe Days: A Book for Children in Foster Care
  • This Is How We Became a Family: An Adoption Story
  • Zachary’s New Home: A Story for Foster and Adopted Children

For Adults:

  • Foge, Leslie & Mosconi, Gail The Third Choice: A Woman’s Guide to Placing a Child for Adoption
  • Lindsay, Jeanne Warren Pregnancy? Adoption Is an Option
  • Melina, Lois Ruskai & Roszia, Sharon Kaplan The Open Adoption Experience: A complete Guild for Adoptive and Birth Families – from Making the Decision Through the Child’s Growing Years
  • Adoption Center of San Diego http://www.adoption-center.org/ Sarah Jensen. The Adoption Center of San Diego . ACSD was established in 1987 as a non-profit center providing complete adoption facilitation.

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER, AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

  • 50 Activities and Games for Kids with ADHD
  • ADD and the College Student: A Guide for High School and College Students with Attention Deficit Disorder, Revised Edition
  • Adolescents and ADD: Gaining the Advantage
  • Best of BRAKES: An Activity Book for Kids with ADD and ADHD, The
  • Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living with ADHD
  • Help Is on the Way: A Child’s Book About ADD
  • Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD, Third Edition
  • Many Ways to Learn: Young People’s Guide to Learning Disabilities
  • Otto Learns About His Medicine: A Story About Medication for Children With ADHD, Third Edition
  • Putting On the Brakes: Young People’s Guide to Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Revised Edition
  • “Putting On the Brakes” Activity Book for Young People with ADHD, The
  • Sparky’s Excellent Misadventures: My A.D.D. Journal, By Me (Sparky)
  • Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD
  • Survival Guide for College Students With ADHD or LD, Second Edition

COUPLES 

  • Gottman, John. M The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert
  • Hart, Archibald, D & Hart Morris, Sharon Safe Haven Marriage: Building the Relationship You Want to Come Home To

DEATH AND DYING

  • Gentle Willow: A Story for Children About Dying, Second Edition
  • Gran-Gran’s Best Trick: A Story For Children Who Have Lost Someone They Love
  • I Don’t Have an Uncle Phil Anymore
  • Prestine, Joan Singleton Someone Special Died
  • Mellonie, Bryan and Ingpen, Robert LifeTimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children
  • Tear Soup
  • Moser, Adolph Don’t Despair on Thursdays!

For Parents

  • Wolfert,Alan A Child’s View of Grief

DEPRESSION 

  • Depression Is the Pits, But I’m Getting Better: A Guide for Adolescents
  • Why Are You So Sad? A Child’s Book About Parental Depression

DISABILITY

  • Elana’s Ears, or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World
  • Tibby Tried It

DIVORCE

  • Case of the Scary Divorce: A Jackson Skye Mystery, The
  • Ginny Morris and Dad’s New Girlfriend
  • Ginny Morris and Mom’s House, Dad’s House
  • I Don’t Want To Talk About It: A Story About Divorce for Young Children
  • My Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Anymore: A Drawing Book For Children of Separated or Divorced Parents
  • My Parents Are Divorced, Too: A Book for Kids by Kids
  • My Parents Are Divorced Too: A Book for Kids by Kids, Second Edition
  • This Is Me and My Two Families: An Awareness Scrapbook/Journal for Children Living in Stepfamilies
  • Was It the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce
  • What Can I Do? A Book for Children of Divorce
  • Boegehold, Betty Daddy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore: A Book about Divorce
  • American Girl Library HELP! A Girl’s Guide to Divorce and Stepfamilies
  • Brown, Laurene Krasny & Brown, Marc Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families

  Preteen Books

  • Boys’ and Girls’ Book About Divorce, Richard Gardner
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary
  • Divorce Express, Paula Danziger
  • It’s Not the End of the World, Judy Blume
  • Kids’ Book of Divorce, Eric Rofes
  • Mitzi’s Honeymoon with Nana Potts, Barbara Williams
  • Mom is Dating Weird Wayne, Mary Jane Auch
  • My Mother is Not Married to my Father, Jean Davies Okomoto
  • What’s Going to Happen to Me? Eda Le Shane

EMOTION

For Children:

  • Beverly Billingsly Takes the Cake (Gulliver Books) (Hardcover) by Alexander Stadler
  • Boy Who Didn’t Want to Be Sad, The
  • Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales
  • Double-Dip Feelings: Stories to Help Children Understand Emotions, Second Edition
  • Josh’s Smiley Faces: A Story About Anger
  • Proud of Our Feelings
  • Rising Above the Storm Clouds: What It’s Like to Forgive
  • What to Do When You Grumble Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Negativity
  • Moss, Marissa Regina’s Big Mistake
  • Berry, Jo Throwing Tantrums
  • Doleski, Teddi The Hurt
  • Viorst, Judith Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

For Parents:

  • Gottman, John Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting

Family Matters:

  • Big Ernie’s New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving
  • Big Sister Now: A Story About Me and Our New Baby
  • Elana’s Ears, or How I Became the Best Big Sister in the World
  • Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope: An Easy-to-Learn Technique for Parents & Professionals
  • Magic Box: When Parents Can’t Be There to Tuck You In, The
  • More Annie Stories: Therapeutic Storytelling Techniques
  • Make-Believe: Games & Activities for Imaginative Play – A Book for Parents, Teachers, and the Young Children in Their Lives
  • My Grandma’s the Mayor

FEAR AND ANXIETY

For Children:

  • Moss, Marissa Regina’s Big Mistake
  • Big Ernie’s New Home: A Story for Children Who Are Moving
  • Cat’s Got Your Tongue? A Story for Children Afraid to Speak
  • Clouds and Clocks: A Story for Children Who Soil
  • Clouds and Clocks: A Story for Children Who Soil, Second Edition
  • I Don’t Know Why…I Guess I’m Shy: A Story About Taming Imaginary Fears
  • Imagine a Rainbow: A Child’s Guide for Soothing Pain
  • Into the Great Forest: A Story For Children Away from Parents for the First Time
  • Jenny Is Scared! When Sad Things Happen in The World
  • Jessica and the Wolf: A Story For Children Who Have Bad Dreams
  • Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots: A Story for Children About Visiting the Doctor
  • Mom, Dad, Come Back Soon
  • Night Light: A Story for Children Afraid of the Dark
  • Scary Night Visitors: A Story for Children with Bedtime Fears
  • Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma, A
  • Potty Chronicles: A Story to Help Children Adjust to Toilet Training, The
  • What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
  • What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD
  • When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Big and Loud Things
  • When Fuzzy Was Afraid of Losing His Mother
  • When Lizzy Was Afraid of Trying New Things

For Parents:

  • Chansky, Tamar Freeing Your Child From Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries and Phobias
  • Chansky, Tamar Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

PARENTING 

  • Jo Frost Supernanny: How to get the Best from Your Children
  • Siegel, Daniel, J. & Hartzell, Mary Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding can help you Raise Children Who Thrive
  • Gottman, John Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting
  • Supernanny DVD/ Video Series Created and Produced by Ricochet
  • Choices, Cookies and Kids: A Creative Approach to Discipline: How to teach your Child Self-Coontrol & Self-Discipline DVD/Video Dr. Gary Landreth www.centerforplaytherapy.com

SEXUALITY

  • Penner, Clifford. L Sex Facts for the Family
  • Penner, Clifford.L & Penner, Joyce A Gift for All Ages: A Family Handbook on Sexuality
  • Fagerstrom, Grethe & Hansson, Gunilla Our New Baby: A Picture Story for Parents and Children

For Children:

  • Katz, Gill & Lindberg, Dawn How did I begin? A Joyful Introduction to the Facts of Life.  Andry, Andrew. C & Schepp, Steven How Babies Are Made