Catherine’s Books

Yoga and Mindfulness in Schools: A Guide for Teachers and Practitioners (Cook-Cottone, 2017)

“This book has consolidated a great deal of information related to the conceptual underpinnings of contemplative practice, as well as the practical application of this technology, and it offers a welcome addition to the burgeoning literature on how contemplative practices may be used for the benefit of students and those who work in educational contexts”.

–Joshua C. Felver, Syracuse University, Canadian Journal of School Psychology 

This is the first research-based text intended to help teachers and practitioners implement mindfulness and yoga programs in schools. A complete review of the literature on mindfulness and yoga interventions is provided along with detailed steps on how to implement such programs. Training requirements, classroom set-up, trauma-sensitive practices, and existing quality programs are reviewed. Twelve core principles of mindfulness and yoga in schools are woven throughout for the utmost in continuity. As a whole, the book provides tools for enhancing classroom and school practices as well as personal well-being. It is distinguished by its emphasis on research, translation of research into practice, and insight into potential roadblocks when using mindfulness and yoga in schools.

Mindfulness and Yoga in Schools provides:

    • A thorough examination of the efficacy of mindfulness and yoga in reducing stress and conflict and enhancing student engagement to serve as a rationale for integrating such programs into schools
    • How-to sections for training, classroom and lesson plan preparation, and implementing specific techniques and comprehensive programs
    • Photographs, scripts, and figures to help implement your own programs
    • A tool for assessing and cultivating teacher and student self-care

Part I reviews the conceptual model for embodied self-regulation and the risks associated with a lack of self-regulation, an intervention model used in education, and tips for implementing mindfulness and yogic practices within this approach. Parts II and III review the philosophical underpinnings of mindfulness and yoga and critically review the mindfulness and yoga protocols and interventions implemented in schools. Part IV addresses mindful self-care for students and teachers, including a scale for establishing self-care goals and a scoring system.

Mindfulness and Yoga for Self-Regualtiona: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (Cook-Cottone, 2015)


The first book to present mindfulness and yoga-based treatment for dysregulated, consumption-oriented disorders

Mindfulness and yoga-based approaches as beneficial supplements to traditional mental health paradigms are well supported by empirical research. Although numerous texts have examined these approaches for treatment of depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, this is the first to address mindfulness and yoga-based approaches as embodied tools for reducing dysregulation associated with self-destructive and consumption-oriented behaviors. Introducing the basic theoretical foundations, key practices, and comprehensive protocols of mindfulness and yoga-based approaches for the treatment of externally oriented behaviors, the text is targeted at mental health professionals who wish to learn how to incorporate these techniques into their practice.

The book explores the societal influences that lead to the externally oriented, idealized, and ultimately self-defeating concept of the individual. It provides the structure and practical applications for clinicians to help their clients overcome struggles with externally oriented behaviors and discover an internal sense of satisfaction and peace of mind. Tapping into the concept of a “hungry self” within the context of consumerism, the book advocates mindfulness and yoga approaches as alternate pathways toward a contented, regulated, and authentic experience of self. It addresses various aspects of the consumptive self and defines related syndromes such as disordered eating, compulsive shopping, substance use, and gambling. Creating a context for using alternative and complementary approaches, the book describes the challenges of traditional therapies. It then covers the conceptual aspects of mindfulness and yoga and describes specific protocols that facilitate behaviors associated with a healthy experience of the self for a variety of disorders.

Key Features:

  • Describes mindfulness and yoga approaches as an effective treatment for a range of consumption and self-regulation issues–the first book of its kind
  • Explains how to integrate mindfulness and yoga with traditional mental health paradigms for maximum benefits
  • Designed for clinicians with minimal background in yoga or mindfulness
  • Combines a conceptual overview of embodied self-regulation with practical techniques
  • Reviews treatment protocols informed by mindfulness and yoga practices covering their evidence base and contraindications for use

Girls Growing in Wellness and Balance: Yoga and Life Skills to Empower, Cook-Cottone, Kane, Keddie, & Haugli


 This is the first published counseling prevention program to use yoga as one of the primary methods for promoting health and wellness among developing girls. This program is designed to teach girls how to live healthy and balanced lives that nurture the whole self by learning how to problem solve with both thoughts and feelings. Over the course of 10 years, the authors developed and refined this program in schools, after-school programs, yoga studios, and summer programs. Based on an adapted, preventative form of cognitive-behavioral and dialectic behavioral therapy for youth, this program is composed of 14 easy-to-follow, group sessions that integrate ideas, activities, and yoga for girls ages 9 – 18. Yoga is an important part of this program for developing children and adolescents because yoga practices promote psychological health by teaching coping skills and self-regulation. The manual has detailed descriptions of the yoga poses, and the CD-ROM includes photos that illustrate each pose. The accompanying CD-ROM also contains all of the student worksheets for reproduction.
Elements of Counseling with Children and Adolescents (Cook-Cottone, Kane, and Anderson, 2013)


The authors” choice of key elements results in a book that provides knowledge essential for beginning counselors to learn and for experienced counselors to review√ñ. Consequently, The Elements of Counseling Children and Adolescents should be useful for students in the helping professions, including√ñpsychology, social work, and counseling.

From the Foreword by Scott T. Meier, PhD, coauthor, The Elements of Counseling

Offers precise, practical guidance based on a proven teaching format.

Tailored to the specific needs of the child and adolescent client, this concise, easy-to-read primer provides essential and practical guidelines for counselors and psychologists who are training to work with children in both clinical and school settings. It is modeled after the highly successful and time-tested “Elements of√ñ” format used in many teaching disciplines. The book distills the basic concepts that beginning professionals must keep in mind as they approach practice, offering guidance in a logical, numbered sequence from setting the stage for the counseling process through the essentials of building and maintaining an active counseling practice.

In addition to facilitating learning with its precise, easily understood rules and principles, the book provides potent guidance for both common and challenging situations. Key concepts such as using developmentally appropriate language and activities are covered, along with critical issues such as collaborating with parents and other professionals, responding to crisis situations, and counselor self-awareness and self-care. Case examples of clientñcounselor dialogues in each chapter illustrate foundational concepts, and an overview of how to use the text for transcript analysis in training programs is also included. Written by experienced counseling and therapy educators and professionals, this versatile text will be a welcome addition for courses in counseling children and adolescents as well as other courses across the curriculum in school counseling; school psychology; marriage, child, and family counseling; and clinical social work.


  • Distills the essential components of therapy and counseling with children and adolescents in a highly useful, time-tested “Elements of√ñ” format
  • Adaptable to a range of counseling-related courses across the curriculum
  • Provides illustrative examples of counselor√±client dialogues
  • Includes instructor’s manual
Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive

Cook-Cottone, Tribole, & Tylka


School-based interventions that target obesity in children often have little positive effect and may inadvertently contribute to unhealthy behaviors in the attempt to lose weight. This book provides a conceptual model for understanding both obesity and eating disordered behaviors. Specifically, it advocates for body acceptance and intuitive eating a flexible, healthy eating behavior involving awareness of the body s hunger and satiety cues. Within this context, the chapters review evidence-based school interventions in nutrition, self-regulation, exercise, body acceptance, media literacy, and mindfulness. Guidance is also provided for identifying, referring, and supporting students with emerging eating disorders.

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