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See below for the list of 2024 winners in the PSYCHOLOGY category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

EMDR Workbook for Kids: A Collection of EMDR Handouts & Worksheets to Help Kids Process Trauma, Stress, Anger, Sadness & More
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Christine Mark-Griffin, LCSW

Publisher: PESI Publishing

ISBN: 9781683735854

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When Christine Mark-Griffin began working with young kids, she quickly realized that traditional therapy was often not enough to fully unravel the trauma and pain that these little ones were carrying. What started off as a few kid-friendly EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) worksheets has now evolved into a playful resource to integrate EMDR therapy with elementary-aged children.

The Better Man: A Guide to Consent, Stronger Relationships, and Hotter Sex
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Eric Fitzmedrud, PhD

Publisher: Wonderwell

ISBN: 9781637560358

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In the post #MeToo era, men know they need to get consent but don’t know how to ask for it. In this practical guide to navigating sexual relationships with respect, sex-positive psychologist Eric FitzMedrud teaches men the skills to be better lovers, partners, and humans.

Transformative Grief: An Ancient Ritual of Healing for Modern Times
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Tracee Dunblazier

Publisher: REDFeather Mind, Body, Spirit

ISBN: 9780764366314

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Transformative Grief will help you witness everyday grief expressions you’ve been conditioned to ignore, discover gentle ways to honor the multiple dimensions of your emotionalism, embrace your responses to loss while gaining the deeper spiritual messages profound change can reveal to create magic in your life by transforming the grief process.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the PSYCHOLOGY category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Raising a Loving Family: Essential guidance from the talks and wisdom of Rabbi Shimon Russell
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Zalman Goldstein

Publisher: Two Lights Publishing

ISBN: 9781891293320

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Drawn from over 30 years of research, talks, and wisdom of the world-renowned parenting, marriage, and educational expert Rabbi Shimon Russell, LCSW, this rich repository of foundational parenting psychology and practical down-to-earth guidance will help set you on the way to create loving and enduring bonds with your children.

The Case Against Conversion "Therapy" — Evidence, Ethics, and Alternatives
2023 Silver Winner

Editor: Douglas C. Haldeman

Publisher: American Psychological Association

ISBN: 978-1-4338-3711-1

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Many LGBTQ youth are still forced into harmful “treatments” with devastating mental health consequences. This volume explores the history, effects, and danger of so-called conversion therapy.

Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma Recovery: Applying the Principles of Polyvagal Theory for Self-Discovery, Embodied Healing, and Meaningful Change
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Arielle Schwartz, PhD, CCTP-II, E-RYT

Publisher: PESI Publishing

ISBN: 9781683735052

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Grounded within the principles of polyvagal theory, affective neuroscience, and trauma-informed care, readers will gain a better understanding of how our brains and bodies respond to stress and trauma, and offer a self-led healing journey toward feeling more empowered, clearheaded, inspired, and at ease.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the PSYCHOLOGY category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Safe, Wanted, and Loved: A Family Memoir of Mental Illness, Heartbreak, and Hope
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Patrick Dylan

Publisher: Snow Anselmo Press

ISBN: 978-1736417218

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When a sudden mental illness struck his wife, Patrick Dylan found himself living with an eerie stranger. Scared and unprepared, he began a desperate battle to protect her from a mysterious disease, shelter their children from her bizarre behavior, and recover the woman he loved.

Beyond Done With The Crying: More Answers and Advice for Parents of Estranged Adult Children
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Sheri McGregor, M.A.

Publisher: Sowing Creek Press

ISBN: 978-0-9973522-5-2

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The newest book in Sheri McGregor's 'Done With The Crying' series provides tell-it-like-it-is advice and sensible solutions for the gritty, complex issues that parents of estranged adult children face. With real life examples and from-the-trenches insights drawn from 50,000 families, McGregor offers encouragement and proven techniques to heal. 

The Healthy Love & Money Way: How the Four Attachment Styles Impact Your Financial Well-Being
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Ed Coambs

Publisher: Spark Publications

ISBN: 978-1953555083

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Many of the ideas learned about money come from our families. The Healthy Love & Money Way shows how our attitudes about ourselves, relationships, and money evolve from our past experiences and the attachment styles we developed as children. This book will help you bring your money and relationship together.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the PSYCHOLOGY category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Dementia Together: How to Communicate to Connect
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Pati Bielak-Smith

Publisher: Puddle Dancer Press

ISBN: 978-1-934336-18-2

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A practical guide to building and sustaining healthy relationships with someone experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer's or another dementia - This book is for family members, friends, spouses, caregivers, and those who simply care. There are ways to communicate that result in greater capacity to receive as well as to provide both warm connection and practical collaboration. Living with dementia gives everyone an opportunity to grow their hearts bigger.

Lean and Strong: Eating Skills, Psychology, and Workouts
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Josh Hillis

Publisher: On Target Publications

ISBN: 978-1-931046-40-4

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Current research on the psychology of eating behavior is synthesized into a new system of skill-based eating. Contextual behavioral science is applied to both behavioral weight loss and mindful strength training. Skill-based eating emerges as an alternative to rigid dieting that provides increased effectiveness and a positive effect on well-being.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the PSYCHOLOGY category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Mona Delahooke, PhD

Publisher: PESI Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-6837311-9-1

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A new approach to understanding and solving children’s behavioral challenges, featuring neuroscience-based tools and techniques to promote psychological resilience and create satisfying, secure relationships.

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Echo of the Unconscious in Painting: A Case Study
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Naum G.Itkin, MD, PhD and Susanne Schuenke, PhD

Publisher: ARTE Press LLC

ISBN: 978-1-7322205-1-5

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With the psycho-analytic approach, we discovered: personal and universal information unconsciously coded in the artworks through allegorical, metaphorical, and symbolic meanings of form, color, and composition.

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Independent Judgment and Introspection: Fundamental Requirements of the Free Society
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Jerry Kirkpatrick

Publisher: Kirkpatrick Books

ISBN: 978-0-9787803-5-7

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Explores the role of introspection in developing and maintaining a psychology of independence and the relation of both to mental health, happiness, and political freedom.

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