Adolescent Development

Keeping Adolescence Healthy: Exploring the Issues Facing Today’s Kids and Communities, White, Aaron, BookSurged Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2008.

“I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that this is one of the most helpful books about adolescent life you can have in your library.  It covers a wide range of topics and I have found myself using it more as a reference work rather than sitting down and reading it from cover to cover.”

(This book can be ordered from GECS directly – contact us)


Getting the Best Out Of College: a professor, a dean and a student tell you how to maximize your experience, Feaver, Peter and Wasiolek, Sue, Tenspeed Press, Berkeley, CA, 2009.

“You will find this a practical book, which will help you ask the right questions and where to find the right answers.”

Tobacco, Alcohol and other Drugs

Buzz: the straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy, Kuhn, Cynthia, Swartzwelder, Scott, and Wilson, Wilkie, WW Norton & Co. New York 2008.

“There is no effort to use scare tactics and thus both parents and children can use this book as a point of discussion.”

Personal Stories of Recovery

Beautiful Boy, Sheff, David, Houghton Mifflin Co., New York 2008.

“This is a well-written narrative about a father’s journey through his son’s addiction.  It may chronicle many of the emotions and struggles you have already experienced.  It helps to define the impact of addiction on the entire family and the importance that parents play even in the face of their “powerlessness.”

The Lost Years: surviving a mother and daughters worst nightmare, Wandzilak, Kristina, and Curry, Constance, Jeffers Press, Santa Monica, CA, 2006.

“This is a powerful and disturbing work that chronicles the power of addiction.  It is unique in the sense that it not only shows the horrible price paid by the addicted but also engages the enormous loss associated with loving someone who has his illness.  While we feel this is an important book we should caution the reader that it is both graphic and at times painful to read. This book is also about triumph and courage.”


Delivered from Distraction, getting the most out of life with attention deficit disorder, Hallowell, Edward M., Ratey, John J., Ballantine books, New York, 2004.

“Because a number of students struggle with attention deficit issues we included this book as a reference.  There is a chapter specific to transition to college life. I have personally found it helpful and believe both parents and students can use it as a guide through the difficult landscape of ADHD.”


Calming Your Anxious Mind: how mindfulness and compassion can free you from fear and panic, Brantley, Jeffrey, New Harbinger Publications, Inc, 2007.

“We believe you will this book to be a practical and helpful guide to mindful practice.  Because the available research, about mindfulness has been shown to be so helpful in addressing a wide range of issues within the adolescent life experience, we incorporate mindful practice into every one of our student group therapy sessions.”

Shame and Pride: Affect, Sex, and the Birth of the Self,  Nathanson, Donald, L. WW Norton and Company, New York New York, 1992