Dr. Steiner's Tools for Change

Articles & Publications

  1. Toolkit for Families Living with Chronic Medical Illness
  2. Healing Power of Groups
  3. Why Nickname your Illness?
  4. Coping with Trauma


Believing in Ourselves: A Celebration of Women, Nancy Carson (Editor), Jennifer Jones (Photographer), Ann Steiner (Contributor); Kansas City: Andrew McNeil Publishing, 2002.


How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide

This easy-to-use manual includes an overview of a wide range of groups, screening, leadership tools, sample group agreements, online netiquette, and numerous modifiable forms for starting and maintaining effective groups.

Whenever I teach "How to Start and Sustain Groups that Thrive", participants ask for copies of the forms and worksheets I have developed. I created this workbook to provide a hands-on approach to the challenges of forming and maintaining cohesive, durable and effective groups. This easy-to-use manual includes a screening and preparation system, complete with modifiable forms.

My screening and preparation system for establishing therapy groups is collaborative in nature. Clients and I work together, using the forms and worksheets I developed to help them clarify what they want out of being in a group at this point in their lives. When screening potential group members, we decide whether they are likely to both benefit from and contribute to the group. New group members feel more connected and the groups have significantly less turnover.

Practical tools include:

  • Group/Life history Forms
  • Sample Group Agreements
  • Termination Agreements for Groups

Available through the Order Products page, on Amazon and for order at your local independent bookstore


Groups that Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide

This easy-to-use manual guides leaders of discussion groups, peer support groups, organizations and workplace teams. It provides leadership tools, sample group agreements, online netiquette, and numerous modifiable forms.This workbook includes guidelines that can enrich and protect writer’s critique groups, book groups, work groups, psychotherapy groups, etc.

The material has been applied successfully to self-help groups, and other paraprofessionally led groups. Whether you are considering starting a book group or wanting to find ways to recruit new members who will stay, this book has tips and suggestions that will help make your group safer and longer lived.



February 10th, 2018: Book Launch!

Help Your Group Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide, Book Passages, Corte Madera, CA.


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Future Publications

The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride, (Future Book.)

"I am putting the finishing touches on this inspirational self-help book for individuals who have chronic illness. The book also addresses the needs of their loved ones and health care professionals. The material draws on my personal experiences dealing with "medical messes." I offer techniques that have helped clients and doctors deal with the challenges of chronic medical problems. Woven into the chapters are stories and practical tools developed with clients over my 30 years as a psychotherapist." 

The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness is an upbeat, practical self-help book for people living with chronic illness. Readers will find new ways to make the most of a life with limitations, and learn to handle the challenges that illness brings to relationship issues. Family members, health care workers, and anyone whose life is affected by an ill friend or relative can benefit.

This easy-to-read book includes worksheets and materials that have been road-tested over a long career of one-on-one counsel, and working with patients, their families, and caregivers whether laypeople or professionals.

Dr. Steiner draws on her experience as a psychotherapist and her personal life with arthritis diagnosed at age fourteen. As a former wheelchair user, she has a natural compassion and wisdom about the challenges of bringing joy, comfort and meaning to those with limitations.

For further information see My New Book.

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Last Updated: July 20, 2017