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Our resources are listed by Category and Sub-Category. Our categories match our programs and services and are colour-coded. Once you are in a Category (for instance Counselling), you will see the information organized by Sub-Category (Individual Counselling, Family Counselling, etc.) and by Type of resource (books, websites, etc.). Many of the books on our recommended lists are in our library and can be borrowed for three weeks at a time. Other books can be ordered locally through Bacchus Books and their online store www.bacchusbooks.ca

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Gordon Neufeld – Hold on to your Kids
Available in the GFC library


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Jennifer Kolari – Connected Parenting
Available in the GFC library


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Bert Powell, Glen Cooper, Kent Hoffman & Robert S. Marvin – The Circle of Security. Intervention Enhancing Attachment in Early Parent-Child Relationships
Available in the GFC library


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Jennifer Kolari – You’re ruining my Life! Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting
Available in the GFC library


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Barbara Coloroso – Kids are worth it
Available in the GFC library


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Barbara Coloroso – Parenting through crisis
Available in the GFC library


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Mary Sheedy-Kurcinka – Kids, Parents and Power Struggles
Available in the GFC library


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Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish – How to talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will talk.
Available in the GFC library


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Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson – Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids; 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict into Cooperation
Available in the GFC library


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Jane Nelson, Lynn Lott, and H. Stephen Glenn – Positive Discipline A-Z: 1001 Solutions to Everyday Parenting Problems
Available in the GFC library


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Stanley Greenspan – The Secure Child: Helping Our Children Feel Safe And Confident in a Changing World
Available in the GFC library


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Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell – Parenting From the Inside Out
Available in the GFC library


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Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson – Growing up Again: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children
Available in the GFC library


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Alan D. Wolfelt and Raelynn Maloney – Healing a Child’s Heart after Divorce. 100 practical Ideas. For Families, Friends and caregivers
Available in the GFC library


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Peter A. Levine PhD – Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes. Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing. Infancy through Adolescence
Available in the GFC library


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Gary D. McKay PhD and Steven A. Maybell PhD – Calming the Family Storm. Anger Management for Moms, Dads, and All the kids
Available in the GFC library


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Gordon Neufeld – available in GFC library

  • Power to Parent
  • Making Sense of Kids
  • Making Sense of Attention Problems
  • Relationship Matters


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Barbara Coloroso – The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander
Available in the GFC library


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Mary Sheedy Kurcinka – Raising Your Spirited Child
Available in the GFC library


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Ross W. Greene – The Explosive Child
Available in the GFC library


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Caroline Archer – First Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts
Available in the GFC library


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Caroline Archer – Next Steps in Parenting the Child Who Hurts
Available in the GFC library


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Alan D. Wolfelt and Raelynn Maloney – Healing a Child’s Heart after Divorce. 100 practical Ideas. For Families, Friends and caregivers
Available in the GFC library


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Peter A. Levine PhD – Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes. Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing. Infancy through Adolescence
Available in the GFC library


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Gary D. McKay PhD and Steven A. Maybell PhD – Calming the Family Storm. Anger Management for Moms, Dads, and All the kids
Available in the GFC library


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Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish – How To Talk So Teens Will Listen And Listen So Teens Will Talk
Available in the GFC library


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Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, Steve Van Bockern – Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope For The Future
Available in the GFC library


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Mary Pipher and Ruth Ross – Reviving Ophelia: Saving The Selves Of Adolescent Girls
Available in the GFC library


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Anita Roberts – Safe Teen: Powerful Alternatives to Violence
Available in the GFC library


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Sabrina Chap and Amanda Palmer – Live Through This: On Creativity and Self-Destruction
Available in the GFC library


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Tammy Nelson – What’s Eating You?: A Workbook For Teens With Anorexia, Bulimia, and Other Eating Disorders
Available in the GFC library


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Sheri Van Dijk – Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life For Teens
Available in the GFC library


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Lawrence E. Shapiro – Stopping The Pain: A Workbook For Teens Who Cut and Self-Injure
Available in the GFC library


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Kate Bornstein – Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives To Suicide For Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws
Available in the GFC library


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Kelly Huegel – GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens
Available in the GFC library


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Mixed Emotions (card deck)
Available in the GFC library


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Daniel A. Hughes – Attachment-Focused Parenting: Effective Strategies to Care for Children


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Daniel A. Hughes – Attachment-Focused Family Therapy


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John M. Gottman, Ph.D. – The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
Available in the GFC library


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John M. Gottman PhD and Joan DeClaire. The Relationship Cure. A Five-Step Guide for Building Better Connections with Family, Friends, and Lovers


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Sue Johnson – Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love (Emotionally Focused Therapy)


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Rick Hanson. Hardwiring Happiness. The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
Available in the GFC library


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Rick Hanson. Buddha’s Brain. The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom
Available in the GFC library


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Rick Hanson. Just one Thing. Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time
Available in the GFC library


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Gabor Maté M.D. – When the Body says no. The Cost of Hidden Stress
Available in the GFC library


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Louise L. Hay – You can Heal your Life
Available in the GFC library


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Louis Cozolino – The Neuroscience of Human Relationships. Attachment and the developing Social Brain
Available in the GFC library


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Peter A. Levine, PhD – In an Unspoken Voice. How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness
Available in the GFC library


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Baby’s Best Chance: Parent’s Handbook of Pregnancy and Baby Care (available at public health)
Available in the GFC library


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Toddler’s First Steps: A Best Chance Guide to Parenting Your 6-36-Month-Old Child (available at public health)
Available in the GFC library


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Eisenberg, Murkoff, and Hathaway – What To Expect When You’re Expecting
Available in the GFC library


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Eisenberg, Murkoff, and Hathaway – What to Expect The Toddler Years
Available in the GFC library


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La Leche League International – The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
Available in the GFC library


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Rosalind Penfold – Dragonslippers, this is what an abusive relationship looks like


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Margaret M. Holmes – A Terrible Thing Happened: A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma
Available in the GFC library


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Dawn Huebner – What to Do When Your Temper Flares: A Kids Guide to Overcoming Problems With Anger
Available in the GFC library


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Dawn Huebner – What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kids Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
Available in the GFC library


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Susan Nielson-Fernlund – The Magic Beads
Available in the GFC library


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Karen McAndless-Davis and Jill Cory – When Love Hurts
Available in the GFC library


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Cohen, Barnes, & Rankin – Managing Traumatic Stress through Art, Drawing from the center
Available in the GFC library


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Rosalind Penfold – Dragonslippers, this is what an abusive relationship looks like


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Sexual Abuse. What happens when you tell. A Guide for Children and Parents
Available in the GFC library
View and download as a PDF here


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When Girls have been Sexually Abused. A Guide for young Girls
Available in the GFC library
View and download as a PDF here


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When Teenage Girls have been Sexually Abused. A Guide for Teenagers
Available in the GFC library
View and download as a PDF here


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When Boys have been Sexually Abused. A Guide for Young Boys
Available in the GFC library
View and download as a PDF here


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When Teenage Boys have been Sexually Abused. A Guide for Teenagers
Available in the GFC library
View and download as a PDF here


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Sibling Sexual Abuse. A Guide for Parents
Available in the GFC library
View and download as a PDF here


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When Children Act Out Sexually. A Guide for Parents and Teachers
Available in the GFC library
View and download as a PDF here


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Gabor Maté – In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. Close Encounters with Addiction
Available in the GFC library


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Bill Plotkin – Soulcraft
Available in the GFC library


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Bill Plotkin – Nature and the Human Soul


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Michael Meade – Men and the water of Life


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Dan Millman – Way of the Peaceful Warrior
Available in the GFC library


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Roy Baumeister – Is there anything good about Men?
Available in the GFC library


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Susan Pinker – The Sexual Paradox
Available in the GFC library


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Sam Keen – Fire in the Belly
Available in the GFC library


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Steve Biddulph – The secret Life of Men


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Abraham Morgentaler MD – Why Men Fake It


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Raising Boys Steve Biddulph
Available in the GFC library


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Involved fathers- A guide for today’s dads
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  • Dear Daddy video
    YouTube link
  • Good Dads — The Real Game Changer | Dr. Meg Meeker | TEDxTraverseCity
    YouTube link
  • A Father’s Advice to His Daughter — The Talk of a Lifetime | Mike Marinoff | TEDxPCC
    YouTube link
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Jackson Katz – The Macho Paradox . Why some men hurt women and how all men can help
Available in the GFC library


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Philip w. Cook – Abused Men. The hidden side of domestic violence


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In the realm of hungry ghosts – close encounters with addiction – Gabor Mate
Available in the GFC library


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Thirty Days to hope and Freedom from Sexual Addiction


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Over the Influence – The harm reduction guide for managing drugs and alcohol


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Changing for Good


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Louis Cozolino – The Neuroscience of Human Relationships. Attachment and the developing Social Brain


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Bert Powell, Glen Cooper, Kent Hoffman & Robert S. Marvin – The Circle of Security. Intervention Enhancing Attachment in Early Parent-Child Relationships


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