Student Resources

Student Counseling Center Bibliotherapy Resources

Bibliotherapy involves the use of books, workbooks, audio books, and visuals such as movies. Your counselor might "prescribe" a workbook, book, CD, or DVD as part of your work in therapy. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of depression. Anxiety and panic symptoms also have responded positively to the use of bibliotherapy as a supplemental approach to treatment (Excerpted from Minnesota Psychological Association).

The Student Counseling Center has its own collection of these materials, located in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL). They are available for students to check out and take home. Below is a listing of the Counseling Center collection by category. We have a large collection, but only a few items are listed here. Thank you for your patience as we work on populating the pages with this extensive collection. Please feel free to explore and check out any materials of interest.

Stress, Anger, Depression, Mood Problems, Suicide

The Anger Control Workbook ... carefully and clearly shows how feelings of anger rip up people’s guts, destroy their relationships, and have many other disadvantages…Indicates how readers can constructively work — and keep working — to minimize anger and rage. ... Includes many exceptionally useful and practical self-help techniques and exercises. A fine workbook!”

— Albert Ellis, PhD, president, Albert Ellis Institute, New York, and author, A Guide to Rational Living

Anxiety, Excessive Worry, Fears about the Past, Present or Future

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: "Social anxiety and shyness can become so intense that they prevent people from enjoying life. This book is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to be more comfortable around other people. Drs. Antony and Swinson have taken proven treatments for social anxiety and adapted them for a non-professional audience. The step-by-step strategies described in this book have been shown to be effective, are easy to understand, and are sure to help the reader cope better in social situations. Anyone who experiences significant anxiety when performing or when interacting with other people should read this book!"

— Aaron T. Beck, MD, professor of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania

Assertiveness, Self-Esteem, and Shyness

Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships: "Of all the books on my bookshelf, this is probably the one that I have recommended the most. The authors do an excellent job of motivating people to assertiveness, describing the difference between assertiveness and aggressiveness (something I repeatedly do with patients because these concepts were not well-defined for them in the past), and providing a practical guide for people to improve their assertiveness. The end of the book has a helpful section on deciding when to be assertive and reviews various questions to consider at the time you are trying to decide if the current situation is a battle worth picking."

— Jennifer K. Paweleck-Bellingrodt, PsyD

Concentration, Time Management, Attention, Prioritizing Tasks

The Accomplishing More with Less Workbook: "Too many of us have too much to do, too much information, and too many interruptions. Pierre Khawand helps us understand why we feel overwhelmed and how we can change with very simple and practical techniques. I love the "Maybe Later" box! Whether you take baby steps or giant steps, I guarantee Pierre's techniques will help you accomplish more — maybe with the same time rather than less."

Tess Reynolds

Body Image, Issues with Food, Eating Issues

The Food and Feelings Workbook: "Karen Koenig has organized this convenient workbook into sections that reflect seven difficult feelings: guilt, shame, helplessness, anxiety, disappointment, confusion, and loneliness. She uses "Stop and Feel" questions throughout the book to help people exercise those seldom-used feeling muscles. She includes "Change Boosters" to practice new behaviors about feelings and eating. So she gets you practicing this new skill, which you've avoided all your life. And she does it all with her usual wit, personal style, and generous helping spirit."

— Karma B. Kitaj

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues

Coming Out of Shame: Transforming Gay and Lesbian Lives: "Gershon Kaufman and Lev Raphael explain how one emotion — shame — affects, overwhelmingly negatively, the lives of homosexuals and what gay individuals and couples can do to transcend shame's ill effects. They neatly dovetail theory, illustrative anecdotes, and prescriptive advice as they exhaustively survey the almost innumerable ways in which shame undermines personal security, happiness, and mental health."

— Ray Olson

Grief and Loss: Of a Loved One, Relationships, Self-Identify Grieving

Up From Grief: Patterns of Recovery: "This is a great book. It was first given to me by a high school teacher when my father suddenly died. This book helps you know what your head is going to go through during the grief process. Knowing helps you to know you are not going crazy. You'll think, 'Oh, the phone's ringing, maybe it's ... oh, yeah, they're dead.' Instead of punishing yourself for such thoughts, you now know such thoughts are natural and go with it. Years ago this book went out of print and we'd hunt copies down from old book warehouses. We always keep one or two on the shelf to loan out to people."

— Bill Pill  

Relationship Issues: Romantic, Family, Friends, Self

Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples:  Originally published in 1988, Getting the Love You Want has helped millions of couples attain more loving, supportive, and deeply satisfying relationships. The 20th anniversary edition contains extensive revisions to this groundbreaking book, with a new chapter, new exercises, and a foreword detailing Dr. Harville Hendrix’s updated philosophy for eliminating all negativity from couples’ daily interactions, allowing readers of the 2008 edition to benefit from his ongoing discoveries during his last two decades of work. I know of no better guide for couples who genuinely desire a maturing relationship.

— M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled


A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook: “Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein have woven an inspiring tapestry of illuminating insights and practical exercises that can transform your life and even help you build a stronger brain. Inspired by their work as teachers of the research-proven Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, the authors have provided a step-by-step approach to bringing this scientifically grounded approach into your daily life. Mindfulness has been demonstrated to effectively help us live with less stress, fear, and anxiety and to cultivate more ease, connection, and well-being in our lives. This workbook makes mindfulness understandable and offers a carefully laid-out plan to achieve a healthier and more meaningful life. There is no time like the present to bring these pearls and practices of wisdom into your life. Why not start now?”

— Daniel J. Siegel, MD, co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and author of Mindsight and The Mindful Brain

Addictions: Alcohol, Drugs, Porn, Internet

The Porn Trap: The Essential Guide to Overcoming Problems Caused by Pornography: In this highly acclaimed recovery guide, renowned sex and relationship therapists Wendy and Larry Maltz shed new light on the compelling nature and destructive power of today’s instantly available pornography. Weaving together poignant real-life stories with innovative exercises, checklists, and expert advice, this groundbreaking resource provides a comprehensive program for understanding and healing porn addiction and other serious consequences of porn use. The Porn Trap will help you to Decide whether it’s time to quit using porn; learn how to stop using porn and deal with cravings; improve self-esteem and personal integrity, heal an intimate relationship harmed by porn use, and develop a healthy sex life. 

Women’s Issues

Self-Esteem for Women: A Practical Guide to Love, Intimacy and Success: In this original and thought-provoking guide, Lynda Field shows how to recognize and alter your negative self-beliefs. By using a mixture of visualization techniques, positive affirmations, and her unique, five-step "Programme for Change," Field  gives women the chance to change their lives forever: Learn how to throw away negative patterns from the past; understand how to succeed in love; assert yourself in the workplace; discover how to enjoy your personal power; and develop your skills as a mother with high self-esteem. Self-Esteem for Women is essential reading for any woman who wants to transform herself for the better.

UMB Diversity Resources

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This centralized office coordinates Universitywide activities, programs, and services that foster students' academic, personal, and professional development. The aim of this department is to enhance the quality of student life by celebrating diversity, encouraging service-learning, and supporting leadership development and interdisciplinary engagement. Click here to learn more.


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