Dr. Steiner's Tools for Change

Toolkit for Group Leaders

Groups that Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide


I just signed a contract with Karnac Books, of London for the new book!



This easy-to-use manual guides leaders of groups of all kinds—discussion groups, peer support groups, organizations, and workplace teams. It provides leadership and facilitation tools, sample group agreements, online netiquette, and numerous modifiable forms for starting and maintaining groups.


 “A rich resource for anyone starting a group…any group.”
J. Scott Rutan, Ph.D., Contributing author, Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, Distinguished Fellow and Past President, American Group Psychotherapy Association

“Masterful and comprehensive workbook, this easy-to-follow planning guide prods group leaders to think through the best ways to select members for different types of groups, collaboratively set goals, and plan an important goodbye process upfront.”
Nannette Rundle Carroll, Management Educator author, (2009). The Communication Problem Solver: Simple Tools and Techniques for Busy Managers


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Workgroups That Thrive


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

Second Edition Now Available!

About this workbook:

Workgroups That Thrive

This revised workbook includes guidelines that can enrich and protect a wide range of groups.

Whenever I teach "How to Start and Sustain Groups that Thrive", participants ask for my forms and worksheets. 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.

The workbook includes guidelines that can enrich and protect a wide range of groups, from self-help groups to traditional psychotherapy groups.

My screening and preparation system for establishing therapy groups is collaborative in nature. Over the years clients have found that my screening and life history forms help them clarify what they want out of being in a therapy group. Since starting to use these forms and worksheets, new group members feel more connected to the group process and the groups have significantly less turnover. Self-help groups find that the templates for group agreements help their groups feel more cohesive and comfortable.

This handy guidebook includes templates that can be modified for particular group. Practical tools include:

  • Screening Protocols
  • Sample Group Agreements
  • Group/Life History Forms
  • Designing Group Agreements that Fit Your Group
  • Agreements for Healthy Termination in Groups
  • Different Groups for Different Folks: From Self-Help to Psychodynamic Groups
  • Tools for Self-Help Group Leaders

"Dr. Steiner has put together a remarkably thorough and practical workbook for anyone considering starting a group…any group.  Different skills are required to run groups – whether they are work groups or therapy groups.  The workbook covers everything from therapist style, to the needs of different groups, to screening and group contracts, etc.

There is no more difficult task in the world of therapy than beginning a therapy group.  Dr. Steiner’s workbook is a rich resource to be consulted periodically and prior to beginning your first group.”

J. Scott Rutan, Ph.D.
Author: Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy

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The Therapist's Professional Will: The Complete Guide™

Dr. Steiner has created the downloadable Therapist's Professional Will,™ a document that spells out your wishes for the continuing care of your clients in your absence. Licensed psychotherapists are encouraged to contact her directly for more information.


The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride™ Audio CD

In this audio CD, Dr. Steiner offers an upbeat, practical guide for people living with arthritis, diabetes, chronic illnesses or pain. She shares her story of discovering ways to coexist peacefully with arthritis, and describes how she has been able to make her limitations just one part of who she is as a person.

She helps listeners find new ways to make the most of life with limitations. Topics include: relationship issues, trust, and intimacy. The CD also benefits family members, health care workers, and those whose lives are affected by ill relatives and friends.

This recording includes materials that have been road-tested over a long career of offering one-on-one counsel, lecturing, and giving presentations to professionals, patients, caregivers and family members nationally.


  • Increase understanding of your reactions to the limitations illness brings.
  • Meet your needs through suggestions and practical tips.
  • Discover the gift of compassion for yourself.

Order the CD here

The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness:
How to Add Joy to the Ride™ Book
(in process)

Group therapists who work with the medically ill are likely to be interested in this upcoming book. This easy-to-read, self-help work benefits providers, patients and all whose lives are affected by ill relatives or friends.

This upbeat, practical guide for people living with chronic illnesses helps readers find new ways to make the most of life with limitations, deal with the challenges that illness brings to trust, intimacy, and other relationship issues.

Included are worksheets and materials drawn from her work with thousands of clients, psychotherapists, audience members, caregivers, family members, and laypeople.

Dr. Steiner is a psychotherapist specializing in work with the medically ill. She has lived with arthritis since she was fourteen. As an author, professional speaker and former wheelchair user, she has a natural compassion and wisdom about the challenges of bringing joy, comfort and meaning to those with limitations. Many insightful discoveries from her personal challenges are distilled into the book and its worksheets.

Until the book is available you may want to learn more about Dr. Steiner's work by ordering her CD: The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride.


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Last Updated: September 9, 2016