Counseling and Learning Resources

Counseling Textbooks, Journals, and Sites

45 Techniques Every Counselor Should Know, Erford, Bradley T.

A Counseling Primer: An Introduction to the Profession, Guindon, Mary H.

CE You! ( An approved social work continuing education provider.

Child Development Institute ( Focuses on issues such as parenting, “the well balanced family,” ADD-ADHD, media safety, stages of development.

Clinical Psychopharmacology Made Ridiculously Simple (Medmaster), Preston, John Psy.D. and Johnson, James M.D.

Clinical Supervision in the Helping Professions: A Practical Guide, Corey, Gerald; Haynes, Robert H.; Moulton, Patrice, and Muratori, Michelle. Topics covered include the roles and
responsibilities of supervisors, the supervisory relationship, models and methods of supervision, becoming a multicultural competent supervisor, ethical and legal issues in supervision, managing crisis situations, and evaluation in supervision.

Counseling and Psychotherapy with Children & Adolescents, Edited by Prout, H. Thompson and Fedewa, Alicia L. Topics include play therapy, cognitive-behavioral approaches, family therapy, rational-emotive behavior therapy, and solution-focused approaches.

Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective, Tan, Siang-Yang. Assesses the effectiveness and the latest research findings for a group of counseling theories. Reviews and critiques from a Christian perspective.

Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and Practice, Sue, Derald Wing and Sue, David. Focuses on real-world multicultural counseling approaches.

Effective Counseling Skills, Keeran, Daniel.

Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Bradberry, Travis, and Greaves, Jean.

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Goleman, Daniel. Goleman defines emotional intelligence in terms of self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and be loved by friends, partners, and family members.

Engaging Theories in Family Communication, Braithwaite, Dawn and Baxter, Leslie A. Includes ways of understanding terms such as the following in assessing family dynamics: accommodation, privacy, planning, nurturing, attachment, and systems.

Family Therapy Magazine ( A magazine with articles about the newest research and techniques in family therapy. ( National Center for Fathering.

Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Gardner, Howard. Seminal work expanding the concept of intelligence to arenas such as linguistic, musical, special, and logical.

Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists & Their Patients, Yalom, Irvin. Tips for beginning therapists are helpful to the counselor/consultant.

How People Change, Lane, Timothy S. and Tripp, Paul David. What does it take for lasting change to take root? From a biblical perspective, this work offers ways to consider human interactions.

Journal of Adolescent Health ( A publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, covers issues such as substance abuse, eating disorders, and sexual matters.

Journal of College Access ( Focuses on “how students aspire to, gain access to, enroll in and persist in higher education institutions.”

Journal of College Student Development ( Includes research on colleges and students.

Journal of Early Adolescence ( Articles on topics such as parenting, bullying, and ethnic identity.

Landmark Study Skills Guide, Sedita, Joan.

Life and Work of Carl Rogers, Kirschenbaum, Howard. Rogers is the father of client-centered therapy and humanistic psychology.

LINK Magazine: The Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals (

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dweck, Carol S. Shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, etc. can be influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. 

Motivational Interviewing for School Counselors, North, Reagan A. A guide for school counselors “to use MI in their unique context.”

National Association of School Psychologists (  

New Therapist Magazine ( A magazine that “provides the most current coverage of the changing world of therapy.”

Permission to Feel, Brackett, Marc. A current take on thinking in the area of emotional intelligence.

Psychotherapy Networker ( Guidance, inspiration, and support to therapists.

Robert R. Carkhuff, Ph.D. ( “Science in the service of humankind” Carkhuff writes about probabilities, possibilities, and generativity sciences.

The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and their Patients, Yalom, Irvin

The School of Life ( An organization that provides resources and support surrounding the development of emotional intelligence.

The World of the Counselor: An Introduction to the Counseling Profession, Neukrug, Edward S.

Theories of Psychotherapy and Counseling: Concepts and Cases, Sharf, Richard S. Covers major counseling theories including Adlerian, person-centered, cognitive, Jungian, Gestalt, psychoanalysis, rational-emotive, and existential.

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Corey, Gerald. Commonly used in introductory graduate level counseling classes. Corey introduces the major theories—psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential, person-centered, Gestalt, reality, behavior, cognitive-behavior, family systems, feminist, postmodern, and integrative.

Therapy Partners ( Organization that has information and tools for counselors trying to start their own practice.

UStrive Online Mentoring Platform ( An organization that “connects high school students with a mentor to help guide them through the college application process.”

Wonder of Boys, Gurian, Michael.

Wonder of Girls, Gurian, Michael.

Counseling Videos

“8 Intelligences – Theory of Multiple Intelligences Explained – Dr. Howard Gardner”
Practical Psychology. Outlines each type of intelligence under the theory of multiple intelligences.

“Beginning Counseling” – Bob Smith
Demonstrates the counseling style of Carkhuff.

Certified Coach Program – Coach Training Alliance
Six-month programs focusing on three elements: coaching skills, marketing skills, and business skills.

CoActive Coaching Training Program
“[With this certification you] can coach anyone on anything with confidence and with confidence that you are supported by the most flexible and proven model in the coaching world.”

Coach U
A wide range of programs are offered. “The leading global provider of coach training programs.”

“Counselor: Basic Skills of a Counselor”
Provides an overview of skills that enhance counseling abilities.

Foundations of Positive Psychology: An Online Certificate Program
Offered through the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Martin Seligman. A five-course specialization.

Improve Your Listening Skills with Active Listening” – Mind Tools Videos
Highlights essential techniques in achieving active listening.

institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching

International Coach Federation
Offers Associate Certified Coach, Professional Certified Coach and Master Certified Coach designations.

“Love and Logic Trainer Educator Curriculum” – The Love and Logic Institute
Dedicated to making parenting and teaching fun and rewarding” Founded by Dr. Foster Cline.

Offers a Guidance Counselor Certification Program specifically designed for Christian guidance. The format includes conference calls and online written assignments.

“Positive Reframing” – Bob Faw
The video discusses why positive reframing is useful and how it is used to prevent and manage conflict.

“Social Judgment Theory” – Katelyn Waters
Quick and straightforward explanation of the social judgment theory.

“The Power of Emotional Intelligence” – Travis Bradberry, TEDxUCIrvine
This TED talk discusses what emotional intelligence is and why it is important.

Therapy videos for psychoeducation, relaxation, and more – Therapist Aid
Videos on subjects such as “What is CBT?” and “The ABC model of CBT”

“What Does Change Talk Sound Like in Motivational Interviewing?” – Sarah Suzuki, Chicago Compass Counseling
Explains change talk in the context of motivational interviewing.

“What is Motivational Interviewing?” – National Community Pharmacists Association
Video is a short description of motivational interviewing

Higher Education Press

About Campus: Enriching the Student Learning Experience ( College and university news.

College Bound News ( Newsletter with up-to-date higher education and admission information.

High School Counselor Week ( Weekly resource related to high school college guidance, college admission, and higher education.

Inside Higher Ed ( Key source for information about colleges and universities.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ( “No.1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators.”

Degrees and Certifications

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy – Online Learning System ( Many courses available to non-members for an additional charge. Courses include material about working with teenagers and cultural topics such as: “Adolescent and Family Therapy: Evidence Based Treatment” and “Between Two Worlds”

University of Calgary (
The Master of Counseling program (MC) is a course-based degree intended to prepare individuals for professional practice in a wide range of specialized roles within the field of counseling. This is a 45-credit (15 half-course) program designed to be completed in three years, completely online.

Capella University ( Includes online coursework, residencies, and field experiences to help prepare for a rewarding career with an expanding role in advocating for the personal, educational, and social needs of students. Completely online or in person.

Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization course – University of Pennsylvania  ( Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman teaches this online course covering theories and research in the field of positive psychology.

Guidance Counselor Certification Program – North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) ( Integrating collaborative, experiential learning on Christian college and university campuses.

Life Coach Certification – International Coach Federation ( A program that allows people to become certified to motivate people through their lives to push them toward reaching their full potential.

MarketingProfs ( and online courses for marketing and business principles such as: “Kicking off Your Email Marketing Campaign” and “Kicking off Your Content Marketing Campaign”

Myers & Briggs Strong Inventory Test – Certification ( This psychological assessment identifies educational, career, and personal interests based on one’s personal preferences.

Myers & Briggs Type Indicator – Certification ( The indicator identifies personality types based on patterns of behavior.

Marist College Online Integrated Marketing Communication Program ( An online graduate program for obtaining a Masters of Integrated Marketing Communication.

University of Massachusetts Amherst – Online MBA Program ( An adaptable online program for obtaining a Masters of Business Administration degree.

Northeastern University ( Offers multiple completely online opportunities through the College of Professional Studies to further yourself as an educational consultant. Some of these include a master’s and doctorate in education. A doctorate in education usually takes three to four years.

University of Missouri ( Offers online masters and doctoral degrees in areas such as educational leadership, educational studies, and positive coaching.

Regent University ( Online program offers a multitude of education degrees including doctorates in educational leadership, education, character education, counseling and psychology as well as higher education leadership and management.

Walden University ( Master’s program in school counseling through online coursework, in-person residencies, and field experiences. In addition, Walden offers a doctorate of education.

Learning Opportunities

American Counseling Association ( Offers courses with titles such as “Counseling Competencies: Improving College and Career Readiness for LGBTQ Youth.”

Apple Inc.’s iTunes U (Available through the Apple Podcast App). Apple Inc.’s iTunes U offers a platform where anyone can offer courses through the iTunes store. Prestigious names such as the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and Oxford University offer lectures free, many of them compiled from sessions that took place at the schools.

Coursera ( Offers a wide range of online courses, many of which are modified versions of in-person offerings by 33 university partners, including Brown, Stanford, and Princeton. A sampling of courses (and the producing university) follow: Getting Started with Essay Writing (UC Irvine Extension); Digital Marketing (University of Illinois); How to Start Your Own Business (Michigan State University); Business Strategy (University of Virginia); Introduction to Psychology (University of Toronto); Social Media Marketing (Northwestern University).

CreativeLIVE, Inc. ( Classes—such as Launching an Online Business and the Right Brain Business Plan—are taught by professors, marketing experts, and business authors. It’s free to watch them live, but viewing them later runs $100 to $200. If you watch live, you can also communicate with other users and ask questions.

EdX ( Free courses designed specifically for the Web by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others. The courses, which can be watched anytime, include topics such as software coding and copyright law.

Marketing Seminar ( Seth Godin is a marketing expert and this seminar promises to teach, “how to enroll, engage and transform the people we seek to serve.”

My Own Business Institute ( Courses for entrepreneurs.

National Association for College Admission Counseling ( Online class offerings, discussion papers, professional resources, and more.

National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators ( Wide range of online courses including “Overview of Financial Aid Programs,” “Need Analysis” and “Professional Judgment.”

Small Business Administration ( U.S. Small Business Administration offers courses and advice for business owners.

U.S. Department of Education ( Offers online courses about financial aid.


College Tours: A Sampling

CBB Tour: Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin (

Beans (Boston/Extended Area Network of Schools): Brandeis, Holy Cross, Bentley University, Emerson College, Simmons College, Clark University, Worcester College (

California Decemberfest: Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Scripps College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Occidental College, Cal Tech, University of Redlands, Whittier College.

Colleges of Rochester, NY Tour (CORT): Nazareth College; Rochester Institute of Technology; and the University of Rochester, St. John Fisher College (

Colleges of the Fenway: Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wheelock College (

Finger Lakes Tour: Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Syracuse University, University of Rochester, Ithaca College.

Five College Counselor Tour: Mt. Holyoke College; Smith College; Amherst College; Hampshire College: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (

Florida Sunshine Tour: Private colleges and universities of Florida including Barry University, Eckerd College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Flagler College, Florida Institute of Technology, Florida Southern University, Jacksonville University, Johnson and Wales University, Lynn University, Northwood University, Nova Southeastern University, Ringling School of Art and Design, Rollins College, St. Leo University, Stetson University, University of Tampa. (

Independent Colleges Indiana (ICI) Counselor Tour: Taylor University, Huntington University, Manchester University, Trine University and Indiana Tech (

Iowa Illinois IACAC Bus O’Fun: Colleges in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee including Purdue University; Butler University; Indiana University, Bloomington; University of Louisville; University of Kentucky; Transylvania University; Fisk University; Belmont University; Vanderbilt University; Western Kentucky University; Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Mid-Hudson Valley College Consortium (MHVCC): U.S. Military Academy, Marist College, Culinary Institute of America, Vassar College (

Montana Bus Tour: University of Montana, Carroll College, Montana Tech, and Montana State University.

MOW: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Olin College of Engineering, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (NCICU) Counselors Tour: Bennett College, High Point University, Salem College, Wake Forest University etc. (

Ohio College Tour: The College of Wooster, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University and Wittenberg University.

Peachtree Tour: Colleges in Georgia (

Stepping in the Right Direction: Historically Black College & University Tour (

SUCH: Skidmore, Union College, Colgate University, Hamilton College (

Upstate New York Counselor Tour: Ithaca College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Syracuse University, Union College (