Wellness Library

The Resident Wellness Office is pleased to lend out the books listed below. The Wellness Library is accessible to all UBC medical residents at all locations across the province.

To borrow a book:

  • Check the list below for book availability
  • Fill out the form at the top of this page to request a book
  • For Vancouver residents, a pickup time will be arranged
  • For residents outside of Vancouver, a courier service will be provided
  • Book lending periods are four weeks.

 

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A-Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction-Workbook CoverA Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
Bob Stahl & Elisha Goldstein

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: Learn mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a clinically proven program to alleviate stress, anxiety, panic, depression, chronic pain, and other medical conditions.

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An Unquiet Mind
Kay Redfield Jamison

Topic: Bipolar Disorder
Description: Examine bipolar illness from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed.

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Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness and Humanity
Ronald Epstein, MD

Topic: Physician Health
Description: Mindfulness and medical practice; a groundbreaking, intimate exploration of how doctors think and what matters most – from the foremost expert in the field.

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Atul Gawande, MD

Topic: Health & Wellness, End of Life
Description: A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death.

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CanMEDS Physician Health Guide: A Practical Handbook for Physician Health and Well-being
Derek Puddester, Leslie Flynn, Jordan Cohen

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: An introduction to the broad scope of issues that make up physician health. Using real-world scenarios, this guide will help physicians discover practical and useful strategies for well-being.

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CanMEDS The Time Management Guide: A Practical Handbook for Physicians by Physicians
Hema Patel, Derek Puddester

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: An accessible, practical guide to essential abilities for 21st-century practice and the enhancement of physician capabilities.

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Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Perfectionism
Sarah J. Egan, Tracey D. Wade, Roz Shafran, Martin M. Antony

Topic: Perfectionism
Description: Empirically-informed advice for understanding, assessing, and treating this common clinical problem.

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Cognitive Therapy Techniques
Robert L. Leahy

Topic: Treatment – Techniques
Description: A repertoire of tools and interventions for cognitive therapies.

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DSM-5
American Psychiatric Association

Topic: Mental Disorder Treatment – Resource
Description: Reference Book

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Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Brian Tracy

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: One of the bestselling books on time management returns in a revised and updated edition. Included is a practical methodology for conquering high tech distractions-such as email, the internet and cell phones-that continually keep us from being able to focus on what’s truly important.

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Eight Lessons for a Happier Marriage
William Glasser

Topics: Couples – Relationship
Description: Showcases eight real-life histories of troubled couples and presents simple, practical solutions to overcoming the pitfalls illustrated therein.

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Feeling Good Together: The Secret to Making Troubled Relationships Work
David D. Burns

Topic: Couples – Relationship
Description: Presents cognitive-interpersonal therapy, a tool to help heal relationships with individuals (romantic or otherwise) that we have difficulty getting along with.

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First Do No Self-Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience
Charles Figley, Peter Huggard, Charlotte E. Rees

Topics: Stress/Medical Practice
Description: A comprehensive tool for understanding and promoting physician stress resilience. Poses and answers fundamental questions about sources of stress and methods of coping among physicians and medical students, and best practices in medical education and physician support.

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Heal Thyself: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine
Saki Santorelli

Topic: Mindfulness
Description: Santorelli, director of the nationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic, explores the ancient roots of medicine, and shows us how to introduce mindfulness into the crucible of the healing relationship.

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Healing After the Suicide of a Loved One
Ann Smolin & John Guinan

Topic: Grief – Suicide
Description: Case studies, information, advice, up-to-date reading list for those affected by suicide. Explains common phases of pain that most survivors experience.

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Healing Grief at Work: 100 Practical Ideas After Your Workplace is Touched by Loss
Alan D. Wolfelt

Topic: Grief
Description: Compassionate support whether you’re mourning or want to help someone who is. Includes guidance for managers and HR personnel.

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Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body
Peter A. Levine

Topic: Trauma
Description: Details one fully integrated self-healing tool, sharing methods to address explained symptoms of trauma at the source – the body.

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Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Sue Johnson

Topic: Couples – Relationship
Description: Endorsed by the APA as scientifically proven, a successful approach to creating loving relationships. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy has a 75% success rate.

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Gabor Maté

Topic: Addiction/Compulsive Behaviour
Description: First-person accounts, case studies, and research examining the spectrum addiction, from street drug addicts to high-functioning workaholics.

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Irondoc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians
Mamta Gautam

Topic: Stress/Medical Practice
Description: Dr. Gautam is a psychiatrist who has specialized in caring for physicians and is an expert in physician wellness. This book provides stress management tools for physicians to apply in practice.

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Living in the Shadow of the Ghosts of Grief: Step Into the Light, Reconcile Old Losses, and Open the Door to Infinite Joy and Love
Alan D. Wolfelt

Topic: Grief
Description: Losses of any kind – abuse, divorce, job loss, death – naturally stir grieving. This book will help you identify and express your grief to ultimately help heal yourself.

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Living with Death and Dying: How to Communicate with the Terminally Ill
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Topic: Grief
Description: Shares tools for understanding how the dying convey their innermost knowledge and needs. Shows the importance of  meaningful dialogue in helping patients to die with peace and dignity.

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Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships
Sue Johnson

Topic: Couples – Relationships
Description: Examines the underlying logic of relationships. Provides practical, down-to-earth examples and exercises that relate to the neural, physiological, and psychological structure of love.

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Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself
Candace Plattor

Topic: Addiction/Compulsive Behaviour
Description: Includes top 10 survival tips for loving someone with an addiction or compulsive behaviour.

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Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Workbook
Candace Plattor

Topic: Addiction/Compulsive Behaviour
Description: Helps you understand what will and won’t work in your relationship with your addicted loved on – and in your relationship with yourself.

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Mind-Body Workbook for Stress
Stanley H. Block, Carolyn Bryant Block

Topic: Mind-Body
Description: Using clinically-proven techniques and mind-body bridging, learn to change your brain’s usual reaction to stress and learn mindful skills for dissolving stress in the moment.

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Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behaviour
Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller & Christopher C. Butler

Topic: Treatment – Techniques
Description: Written specifically for health care professionals, presents tools to enhance communication with patients and guide them in making choices to improve their health.

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On Death and Dying: What the Dying Have to Teach Doctors, Nurses, Clergy, and their own Families
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Topic: Grief
Description: Explores the 5 stages of death through sample interviews and conversations. Provides a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve that patient, and the patient’s family.

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On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross & David Kessler

Topic: Grief
Description: Looks at the way we experience the process of grief. Applies the 5 stages of death to the grieving process and weaves together theory, practical advice, and inspiration.

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Practical Yoga: Restoring the Mind, Body & Spirit
Zakheim/McComb

Topic: Yoga
Description: A book of asanas (postures), mantras, and meditations; simple practices you can incorporate into your daily life.

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Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy
Susan M. Pollak, Thomas Pedulla, Ronald D. Siegel

Topic: Mindfulness
Description: Filled with vivid clinical examples, the book provides instructions for teaching meditations that build the core skills of focused attention, open monitoring, and compassionate acceptance.

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Staying Human During Residency Training
Allan D. Peterkin, MD

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: A concise manual designed for medical students, interns, residents and fellows in all areas of specialization. Covering every aspect of a resident’s life from choosing a residency program, to coping with stress, enhancing self-care, and protecting personal and professional relationships.

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Stop Physician Burnout: What to do when Working Harder isn’t Working
Dike Drummond, MD

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: Chart your course from physician burnout to your ideal practice using this first comprehensive stress-reduction resource for practicing physicians.

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The 5 Love Languages
Gary Chapman

Topic: Couples – Relationships
Description: As you discover your own love language and that of your partner (words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, physical touch), you will understand yourself and you relationship with your partner better.

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The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment
Babette Rothschild

Topic: Trauma
Description: Presents a practical integration of the psychophysiology of trauma and the ways in which clinicians can assist trauma survivors to resolve the effects on mind and body.

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Body Remembers Casebook CoverThe Body Remembers: Casebook – Unifying Methods and Models in the Treatment of Trauma and PTSD
Babette Rothschild

Topic: Trauma
Description: Advocates utilizing and combining an assortment of trauma treatment models. Provides the reader with examples of how multiple modalities can be blended to bring optimal healing to trauma survivors.

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The Boy Who Was CoverThe Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook
Bruce D. Perry

Topic: Trauma – Youth
Description: Stories of trauma and transformation, explaining what happens to the brain when children are exposed to extreme stress. Includes the author’s innovative methods to help ease their pain.

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The Cognitive Behavioural Workbook for Depression
William Knaus

Topic: Depression
Description: Through a series of worksheets and exercises, evaluate your depression and learn key skills for overcoming it.

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the-dialectical-behavior-therapy-skills-workbook coverThe Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills Workbook
Matthew McKay, Jeffrey C. Wood & Jeffrey Brantley

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: Straightforward and step-by-step exercises to learn DBT concepts and use them for lasting change. DBT has proven effective as treatment for a range of mental health problems, especially those characterized by overwhelming emotions.

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The Emotional Affair: How to Recognize Emotional Infidelity and What to Do About It
Ronald T. Potter-Efron & Patricia S. Potter-Efron

Topic: Couples – Relationship
Description: This book helps you evaluate your relationship to determine whether or not your partner is having an emotional affair, explains possible roots of the problem, offers suggestions to discuss and repair the relationship, and tools for recovering from breach of trust.

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The Helping Professional's Guide CoverThe Helping Professional’s Guide to End-of-Life Care
E. Alessandra Strada

Topic: Treatment – Resource
Description: A skills-based guide for effective and compassionate psycho-social care. Integrates behavioural techniques, mindfulness, and guided imagery to help manage emotional distress and improve collaborative care for patients at the end of life.

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the-mindful-way-through-depression CoverThe Mindful Way through Depression
Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, Jon Kabat-Zinn

Topic: Depression
Description: Through lessons drawn from Eastern meditative traditions and cognitive therapy, demonstrates how to side-step mental habits  that exacerbate depression, to face life with greater resiliency.

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The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts
Donald Altman

Topic: Mindfulness
Description: The awareness boosting methods in this guidebook offer a means of reappraising and observing negative and anxious thoughts, habits, pain, and stress in fresh ways.

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Mind_Accept_WkBk_Anxiety CoverThe Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: A Guide to Breaking Free from Anxiety, Phobias & Worry Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
John P. Forsyth & George H. Eifert

Topic: Anxiety
Description: Learn to nurture your capacity for acceptance, mindfulness, kindness and compassion, shifting focus away from anxieties, using a new approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Availability: Not available: due back Oct. 12

 

 

Power of Self Compassion CoverThe Power of Self-Compassion: Using Compassion-Focused Therapy to End Self-Criticism and Build Self-Confidence
Mary Welford

Topic: Treatment – Resource
Description: Based in techniques drawn from ground-breaking compassion-focused therapy (CFT), shows how to focus on your strengths, accept the things you’re not so good at, and stop self-judgment and shame.

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Procrastination Workbook CoverThe Procrastination Workbook
William Knaus

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: Clinical experience and research outlines the most effective techniques to identify root causes of procrastination and to find workable solutions to overcome them.

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The Self Esteem Workbook CoverThe Self-Esteem Workbook
Glenn R. Schiraldi

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: Effective and practical strategies for raising self-esteem based on scientific findings with clear recommendations

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Things Might Go CoverThings Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety
Glenn R. Schiraldi

Topic: Anxiety
Description: Examines why we feel anxious, what role that feeling plays in our lives, and provides ways to change the role anxiety plays in your life.

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Time Management and Personal Development

John Adair, Melanie Allen

Topic: Health & Wellness
Description: Provides practical tools and techniques to help you organize your day and manage your time more effectively. Provides a framework for ongoing personal development.

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waking the tiger coverWaking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
Peter A. Levine

Topic: Trauma
Description: An exploration of the physiological effects and causes of trauma. Demonstrates simple solutions to heal and resolve trauma, rooted in an understanding of the bi-directional communication between our thoughts and our physiology.

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What Doctors Feel
Danielle Ofri, MD

Topic: Health and Wellness
Description: A look at the emotional side of medicine–the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient care.

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What Dying People Want

What Dying People Want
David Kuhl

Topic: Grief
Description: A profound and practical book about living with a terminal illness over a long period of time. It offers guidance, solace, and helpful strategies for people who are terminally ill, their families and caregivers.

Availability: green_circle_check Available

 

 

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When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism
William M. Antony, PhD, Richard P. Swinson, MD

Topic: Perfectionism
Description: Discover the root cause of your perfectionism, explore the impact of perfectionism on your life, and find new, proven-effective coping skills to help you overcome your anxiety about making mistakes.

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WhenTheBodySaysNo CoverWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress
Gabor Maté

Topic: Mind-Body
Description: Explores the role of mind-body link in chronic conditions and diseases, draws on medical research and case studies, and includes seven principles of healing and prevention of illness from hidden stress.

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Yoga For Anxiety CoverYoga For Anxiety
Mary & Rick NurrieStearns

Topic: Yoga/Anxiety
Description: Offers meditations and practices, self-inquiry exercises, and yoga poses that soothe anxious feelings and develop mental clarity.

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