Counselors & Therapists

Wood ‘N’ Barnes offers a number of titles to help counselors  implement experiential approaches to group and individual therapy and counseling. These resources include activities reinforce themes such as empowerment, identification of strengths, goal-setting and coping skills. Our books offer great methods for engaging groups and individuals in meaningful reflection, group dialogue and using metaphor to enhance learning.



Books for Counselors & Therapists

Power of One: Using Adventure and Experiential Activities Within One-On-One Counseling Sessions

D. Maurie Lung, LMHC, LMFT
Gary Stauffer, LMSW
Tony Alvarez, MSW

Adventure-based, individual counseling invites clients to take action during the session and utilize the material that arises in the moment, at the point of performance, to address and move toward treatment goals. The connection to DSM-IV TR diagnoses and treatment planning represents an alignment with mental health treatment that strengthens the literature, making this book an innovative and important contribution to the fields of counseling and therapy.

Power of Family: An Experiential Approach to Family Treatment

D. Maurie Lung, Gary Stauffer, Tony Alvarez, & John Conway

The authors invite you to explore the intentional use of interactive interventions as a primary methodology in family treatment. The activities they introduce into the therapy office provide an immediate context for witnessing how the family functions first-hand. In this manner, families reveal systems, structures, cognitive and emotional processes, strategies, communication styles, approaches to problem-solving, as well as other issues traditionally targeted in the process of family treatment. The intent is to provide an environment that allows family members to freely and genuinely demonstrate their strengths and limitations.

The Bookmaking Experience: An Educator’s Guide to Student Made Books

Paula Bickel, Carol Ruth Carlin, Mary Ann Germanson, Joanna Gonzalez, & Madeline Huston

Human development as embodied in learning is complex, multidimensional, and challenging. Everyone can be involved. Making books provides a fun, challenging, creative, and practical tool to guide that journey. We welcome you to join in the fun, laughter, excitement, appreciation, challenge and pride of accomplishment that draw us to lifelong learning.

The Me I See 2nd Edition: Learning Through Writing and Reflection

Wood 'N' Barnes Collective

The Me I See is designed to be used by educators, counselors, and therapists as a tool to help adolescents express themselves, reflect on their thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and explore the issues that shape their lives. The journaling exercises will help them learn about who they are as individuals. The exercises will give them some insights to cope with the stressors of being an adolescent and to interact positively with the world around them.

If Anybody Asks Me…: 1001 Questions for Educators, Counselors, & Therapists

Larry Eckert

1,001 questions about health, family, relationships, growing up, school, social issues, and more. These creative questions encourage youth aged 11 to 18 to make decisions, self-evaluate, and form and vocalize opinions about issues crucial to growing up and living in our world. They also make great topics for writing exercises, values education in recovery groups, life questions for youth groups… think of all the possibilities!

Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, Second Edition

Jennifer Stanchfield, MS

The second edition of Tips & Tools eclipses the first with insights gained from another decade of experience in group facilitation and new information coming from the emerging field of educational neuroscience. As a result the ideas and methods focused on active engagement, ownership in learning, and facilitating meaningful reflection have been greatly expanded. The layout of information is more effective—experiential theory and perspectives, hands-on activities, and teachable moments flow from one chapter to the next—making this edition an essential resource for practicing and teaching the art of experiential group facilitation.

Changing the Message: A Handbook for Experiential Prevention

Jeff Albin

Fun, entertaining activities demonstrate the importance of a safe and healthy lifestyle—from communication and trust in relationships to healthy methods of coping with conflict and hardship—build a prevention curriculum that invites participants to engage themselves in the process of learning about and living a disease-free lifestyle. Changing the Message favors prevention, offers healing processes, and directs youth toward strong life choices.

Portable Teambuilding Activities: Games, Initiatives, and Team Challenges for Any Space

Chris Cavert & Friends

This book is filled with a variety of teambuilding activities with a range of challenge levels.These activities can be used with middle and high school students, college students, and adult groups of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the challenges require easy-to-find props and equipment, others require some extra effort before you play. All the activities can be resources to add to powerful and positive pro-social development programs.

Focus Your Locus: Activities That Focus the Power of Individuals and Groups

Mike Gessford
Jusin McGlamery

What can we do as teachers, as group leaders and facilitators to help refocus our groups and harness the necessary energy to keep the momentum moving through the experiential learning cycle? Understanding the energy within us is important. Being able to harness and focus the collective power of the group can bring groups back to previous levels of performance and then move them far beyond.

Springboard: Quick Creative Activities to Launch Learning

Mary Beth Campbell
Carolyn Hill
Micah Jacobson

Springboards contains 50 creative activities and demonstrations designed to address—in 15 minutes or less—topics like goal setting, focusing attentions, achieving the “impossible,” time management, and teamwork. Group leaders, therapists, experiential program facilitators, and educators of all kinds will appreciate these quick, emotive activities deliberately designed to draw participants’ attention and encourage deep thinking and learning.

Are You More Like…?/What Would It Be Like…?: A Back-to-Back Book of Anytime Questions for Anysize Answers

Chris Cavert, EdD
Susana Acosta Cavert, MA
& friends

Open-ended questions designed to encourage youth to think beyond daily occurrences and stretch the imagination to the possibilities of life. Thinking deeply and responding to these questions creates a more honest and profound understanding of self, others, and life. Have fun with them!

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 2: More Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

This second book provides fun and creative initiatives for therapeutic or educational groups. Here are 25 more engaging activities that require minimal and affordable props and adapt easily to different situations and age groups. Some of the topics include expressing emotions, learning names, learning about each other, decision making, working with others, following directions, creative thinking, frustration, and communication.

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 1: Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

Making your group a fun place to be will surely encourage participation. This practical guide to experience and activity-based counseling includes 37 different 10- to 20-minute activities, focusing on topics that crucially affect experiences throughout life, including understanding gender issues, rumors and their effects, creativity, communication, and expression of emotions and frustrations. For ages 12 to adult, and adaptable for younger audiences as well.

Challenging Experience: An Experiential Approach to the Treatment of Serious Offenders

John Bergman, MA, RDT/MT
Saul Hewish, DipCC

Challenging Experience presents exercises written for treatment providers who work with adult or adolescent sexual abusers and violent offenders. Drama therapy/role-play ignites “in-the-moment” responses that simulate real-life behavior and emotion for examination and contemplation in a safe, therapeutic environment. The authors focus on using the proper exercise for the client’s stage in treatment and emotional ability to participate.

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