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Introducing Self-Help That Works

Introducing Self-Help That WorksSelf-help is big business, but alas, not always a scientific one. Self-help books, websites, and movies abound and are important sources of psychological advice for millions of Americans. But how can you sift through them to find the ones that work?

That’s why I’m pleased to be one of the co-authors of the new edition of Self-Help That Works. Along with my fellow authors — John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, Linda F. Campbell, PhD, John W. Santrock, PhD, Florin Selagea, MS, and Robert Sommer, PhD. — we’ve put together one great book chock full of the kinds of self-help resources people are looking for.

Self-Help That Works is an indispensable guide that enables readers to identify effective self-help materials and distinguish them from those that are potentially misleading or even harmful. Six scientist-practitioners bring careful research, expertise, and a dozen national studies to the task of choosing and recommending self-help resources.

Designed for both laypersons and mental-health professionals, this book critically reviews multiple types of self-help resources, from books and autobiographies to films, online programs, support groups, and websites, for 41 different behavioral disorders and life challenges. The revised edition of this award-winning book now features online self-help resources, expanded content, and new chapters focusing on autism, bullying, chronic pain, GLB issues, happiness, and nonchemical addictions.

Each chapter updates the self-help resources launched since the previous edition and expands the material. The final chapters provide key strategies for consumers evaluating self-help as well as for professionals integrating self-help into treatment.

All told, this updated edition of Self-Help That Works evaluates more than 2,000 self-help resources and brings together the collective wisdom of nearly 5,000 mental health professionals. Whether seeking self-help for yourself, loved ones, or patients, this is the go-to, research-based guide with the best advice on what works.

Praise for Self-Help That Works

“A very useful guide to all clinicians in selecting the kind of educational materials that will speed up their psychotherapy.”
— Aaron T. Beck, MD

“The Best Self-Help Books — General Resources.”
Psychology Today

“This updated volume — well-researched, authoritative, and user-friendly — offers answers for the critically minded. This is an invaluable reference for clinicians, graduate students, and consumers. Kudos to the authors for providing a valuable revision that should be added to every psychotherapist’s toolbox.”
— Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D.

“A monumentally comprehensive resource of great practical value to mental health professionals, their clients, and other interested readers. It remains the standard against which books and websites will be judged.”
— Robert F. Alberti, Ph.D.

“Using the book is easy and effective… I recommend this book highly. It is well researched, well documented, and exhaustive in scale.”

“Helpful for suggestions on what books, movies, and websites to recommend to their patients. Librarians can use [it] for buying suggestions and for patron questions. Its inexpensive price and valuable subject make it a must purchase for most libraries.”
American Reference Books Annual

About the Authors

John C. Norcross, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and a board-certified clinical psychologist in a part-time practice.

Linda F. Campbell, PhD,is a professor and director of the training clinic in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia.

John M. Grohol, PsyD, is an expert in online psychology, a researcher, and CEO and founder of a leading mental health network online,

John W. Santrock, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Florin Selagea, MS, is a doctoral student in counseling psychology at the University of Georgia.

Robert Sommer, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of California, Davis.


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John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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