Books and Resources


How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use
Randy J. Paterson

We spend most of our lives trying to improve things, trying to feel better, trying to live a good life - and most of us feel, at least occasionally, dissatisfied with the results. In a modern world of luxury that our cave-dwelling ancestors might have dreamed of, how is that so many of us are so unhappy? Perhaps a talent for misery is humanity’s true signature skill. What if, for the span of one brief book, we tried to feel worse instead? If feeling worse was the goal, what would you do? How would you live? What would you think? Perhaps by investigating the downhill path we might discover aspects of the upward road that we have missed. “Randy J. Paterson’s How to Be Miserable contains practical, witty, and wise advice and is based on the premise that we have become our own worst enemies. Confronting our ‘management’ strategies consciously is the only way our life actually begins to turn toward better outcomes.”
—James Hollis, Ph D, Jungian analyst and author of
The Middle Passage and Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life

This book will be released May 2016, and is available for pre-order NOW from Amazon, Indigo, and Barnes and Noble.


The Assertiveness Workbook: How to Express Your Ideas and Stand Up for Yourself at Work and in Relationships
Randy J. Paterson

From New Harbinger Publications, this workbook-format book considers two primary questions: "What holds us back from being assertive?" and "What are the specific skills required for effective assertive communication?" This book has been one of the leading titles on assertive communication for the past 15 years. This section of the site provides an excerpt from the book, the text of a review, and downloadable versions of several of the forms and measures included in the book. Read more

Private Practice Made Simple: Everything You Need to Know to Set Up and Manage a Successful Health Practice (Professional)

Private Practice Made Simple: Everything You Need to know to Set Up and Manage a Successful Health Practice (Professional)
Randy J. Paterson

Start and Run Your Own Private Therapy Practice
Running your own private practice takes more than an advanced degree, memberships in professional psychology organizations, and the ability to be a good therapist. And while your continuing education and training may be useful, setting up and managing a successful practice is a matter of business and organizational know-how as much as professional proficiency.
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Your Depression Map: Find the source of your depression and chart your own recovery

There are dozens of recommended strategies for dealing with depression. Which should you try? The answer depends, to a great extent, on the type of depression you have and the risk factors that seem to have contributed. Your Depression Map leads you through an exploration of your own experience of depression, then uses the information gained to help you structure a personalized treatment approach. Published October 2002 by New Harbinger Publications, this large-format workbook includes a number of forms and measures. This part of the site offers an introduction to the book and downloadable versions of many of the forms and exercises. Read more

Changeways Treatment Manuals

Changeways Clinic provides professional training programs in evidence-based mental health. Changeways' treatment manuals are offered for sale from its website, Included are:
  • The Changeways Core Program. The group treatment program for depression being offered at outpatient mental health clinics across Canada as well as in Australia, China, and England. Both an 86-page Client Manual and a 184-page Clinician's Guide are available. The client manual is available in English and Chinese.
  • Being There: The Changeways Assertiveness Program. The assertiveness training group program that inspired The Assertiveness Workbook. The 128-page Client Manual and the 251-page Clinician's Guide are both available.
  • The Changeways Relaxation Skills Program. When the Core Program was originally evaluated, we discovered that none of our clients were benefiting from the relaxation skills module. Our suspicion was that we just weren't spending enough time on the training, so we developed a six-session group protocol focussed exclusively on relaxation skills. The 185-page Clinician's Manual includes 45 pages of information handouts for clients -- which are also available in Chinese. In addition, we have progressive muscle relaxation and passive relaxation audiotapes available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.