it seems each year we are faced in dealing with more and more students who are displaying ever-increasing levels of anger, anxiety, and complex behavioral issues. Why are these children so angry? So anxious? Exhibiting so many challenging behaviors? How do we deal with students when they are annoyed, frustrated, anxious or destructive? What works and perhaps, just as importantly, what does not? 

In this informative book, we will attempt to look at the context that seems to foster these student’s behaviors. Additionally, we will take a step back and look at how to practically deal with the many factors that support or positively modify these behaviors in a productive and practical fashion.

Then, and most importantly, we will look at real-world and simple tools that can be used immediately to decrease the incidents of tantrums, diminish worry, destructiveness, and angry behaviors within the school setting. How to foster communication with parents for a more positive outcome as well as what we can do as an educational system to support these vulnerable youths.

The goal of this book is to supplement and enrich your existing tools with others you can quickly implement when working with these students during their most challenging states.



As the role of an educator becomes more and more complex and the expectations continue to be heaped upon them, stress increases exponentially. Educators now have the pressure to be role models in their thoughts and actions, and yet are not sure how to be one. This book will discuss how to be productive and effective in a role that requires ever more balance and self-discipline now than ever. Further, education is an occupation of relationships. Relationships among peers, all levels of faculty, parents and students are essential in order to create a strong teaching environment. This book will address means of how to increase relational skills while simultaneously developing assertiveness traits and maintaining one’s values, integrity, and the establishment of cultural competence and communication skills.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Pages: 144 • Size: 6 x 9

978-1-4758-3454-3 • Hardback • May 2017 • $38.00 • (£24.95)

978-1-4758-3455-0 • Paperback • May 2017 • $19.00 • (£12.95)

978-1-4758-3456-7 • eBook • May 2017 • $18.99 • (£12.95) (coming soon)



Whether you're an educator, CST member, administrator, or other educational professionals, you share one thing in common: dealing with difficult parents and families. Every educator has experienced problematic, unproductive, and/or uncomfortable interactions with parents or families. Whether it be issues of defensiveness, noncompliance, the belief that his or her child "does no wrong," or just plain hostility, it can place an incredible stress on your job duties. Utilize this book to equip yourself with effective, practical tools geared to help productively tailor your interventions around the most common types of challenging parents and families.

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Pages: 150 • Size: 6 3/8 x 9 3/8

978-1-4758-2887-0 • Hardback • November 2016 • $40.00 • (£24.95)

978-1-4758-2888-7 • Paperback • November 2016 • $20.00 • (£13.95)

978-1-4758-2889-4 • eBook • November 2016 • $19.99 • (£13.95)


Do you find yourself dating over and over only to find emptiness?  Do you hope for Mr. Right, only to encounter Mr. Wrong again and again or be left alone in disappointment?

Consider this quick and easy read that gives practical tips towards finding the right partner.  Stop wasting your time on relational lemons and start buying into better relationships that you deserve!

Take a short drive with Marriage and Family Therapist, Brett Novick with over 20 years experience with premarital and marriage counseling, to find the right relationship for you!

Within the pages of Don't Marry a Lemon! readers will unravel clear analogies and gain better insight into the qualities and character traits needed in order to sustain a long-term beautiful marriage filled with desire, harmony, and depth. Using a light-hearted car shopping analogy, and other profound tips peppered throughout, Novick reveals proven secrets to discover and keep a vibrant and lasting marriage 'till death do you part. 
Brett J. Novick is a licensed marriage and family therapist well known for his empathy and straightforward advice on making marriages work by carefully choosing the right life partner from the start. Having been married for over twenty years himself, Novick knows first hand the ups and downs of marriage and the beauty found when the discovering deep, lasting love that overcomes the odds


Product Details:

  • Paperback: 98 pages

  • Publisher: Train of Thought Press (July 21, 2017)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 0986148563

  • ISBN-13: 978-0986148569

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches

  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping)

  •  Paperback • Sept. 2017 • $6.99 •

BRAIN BULLIES: Standing Up to Anxiety & Worry


Brain Bullies is an effective tool for introducing the principals of cognitive therapy to children. The creative and colorful illustrations in Brain Bullies helps children identify the cognitive distortions that can make them anxious. The fun and nonthreatening illustrations of the “Brain Bullies” helps children develop an understanding of the internal dialogue that contributes to anxiety and other forms of emotional distress and upset. The most common distortive thought patterns are covered in Brain Bullies. Brain Bullies teaches children (with support from a counselor or parent) to identify and challenge cognitions that contribute to emotional distress and how to form alternative and adaptive cognitions. As children gain control over their “Brain Bullies” self-esteem is bolstered and anxiety is decreased. Counselors, parents, and teachers can play an active part in sharing and reading the text as they help children develop an appreciation and understanding of the different types of cognitive distortions, and which ones might apply to them.


Product Details:

  • Paperback: 40 pages

  • Publisher: Childswork/Childsplay Inc.

  • Language: English

  •  Paperback • Sept. 2017 • $14.95 •



Concurrently, as our children are subjected to an endless deluge of information from the many streams of technology, a societal push to have them grow up to prematurely. Of further significance, is an ever-flattening global influence that showers many mixed messages raining down upon our youth. As these images flash before their eyes, questions of character and developing this subset of such respective skills become ever more important.

This book will seek to tackle how to educate our children on the cornerstones of a humanistic foundation as a person; harboring those traits of responsibility, caring, honesty, and service to others. It will seek to help parents, educators, and most of all, children to recognize that in order to gain the necessary tools to be a fulfilled and contributing member of this world one must embrace these abilities (and not just as an afterthought and supplement to a successful life).

Product details

  • Paperback: 122 pages

  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 13, 2018)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 1475839871

  • ISBN-13: 978-1475839876

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches

  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces



Are you striving for ultimate happiness but fall short? Do you find that yourself stepping into the same situations, or negative thoughts, over and over that lead to "crappy" feelings? More and more people are striving to seek that elusive goal of happiness and finding it increasingly more elusive to find. In the book, Crappy to Happy, Brett Novick shares his over 20 years of experience as a therapist, husband, and educator many of the common "piles" of life that we step in. Those obstacles that cause "crappiness" and prevent us from reaching our full potential of joy and contentment. These pages contain practical, direct, and helpful means that you can apply today to stepping over the piles of "crappiness" in your life and into the field of happiness.

Product details

  • Paperback: 154 pages

  • Publisher: Train of Thought Press (February 4, 2018)

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 098614858X

  • ISBN-13: 978-0986148583

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches

  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces 





In this book, educators will find a treasure trove of practical and useful tools to increase their emotional intelligence in educational settings. 

— Douglas Behan, Director of Continuing Education, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


 It is a book that every teacher, specialist, and administrator, whether beginning, mid-career or experienced, should have as a ready reference. It is clearly a "best practices" work from a distinguished educator and author.

— Dr. Jeffrey Graber, associate director, Educational Leadership Programs, New Jersey Principal and Supervisor Association/Foundation for Educational Administration


A visual storytelling treat to help children replace scary, negative thoughts with positive ones!

--Charles Schaefer, Ph.D., RPT-S, Co-Founder, The Association for Play Therapy.



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