6 Books for Therapists In-Training

I know what your thinking, “I have to buy more books!”- not necessarily!

You may already have these books if you are a college student pursuing the field of psychotherapy. This post should be really called Books For Therapists- Ones You Should Actually Keep!

[Also, if you are a college student, you may find my post about free textbooks helpful ( 5 ways to get free college textbooks).]

There are so many books that we have to read as psychology students. Below are ones that I believe are actually worth buying! 

6 books for future therapists:

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) by the American Psychiatric Association
    • If you study psychology, I'm sure this does not come as a surprise to you. The DSM-V... some may say it is the heart & soul of psychotherapy... that's probably a bit dramatic, but the point is that the DSM is very important to psychotherapy. The DSM-V contains information about all of the mental disorders approved by the American Psychiatric Association. You will not only need this book for every single class of graduate school, you will also need this book (the most updated version) in your career as a therapist!

  • The Complete Adult Psychotherapy Treatment Planner by A.E. Jongsma, T.J. Bruce, and L.M. Peterson. 
    • After learning about mental disorders from reading the DSM, you can gain insight on how to treat clients with these disorders through this book. I recommend getting this book because it will not only help you through practicum, it will also help you in your career as well. 

  • Basics of California Law for LMFTs, LPCCs, and LCSWs by Benjamin E. Caldwell
    • Honestly, the law and ethics of psychotherapy is not my favorite part... I know shocking right? However, I learned so much from this book. You NEED this book in order to understand your laws in California. Buy this book and study it! It's worth it!

  • Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions by G. Corey, M.S. Corey & P. Callana
    • I know what your thinking... another law and ethics book? Trust me, these books come in handy when trying to remember ethical issues with the counseling relationship. 

  • Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy by Diane Gehart
    • Another informative book by Gehart! There is great information on Family Therapy and different planning for families. This book is especially good for students who are pursuing working with families.

I'm sure there are other books out there that I am missing. If you can think of some, let me know!

I know you are going to do great things!

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