2022 National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference – Virtual Exhibit

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Greetings from Kassie Graves: Publisher – Social Work, Counseling, and Human Services

I am thrilled to represent Cognella Academic Publishing in person at the 2022 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference. If you’re attending the conference, stop by the Cognella booth and say hi!

If you aren’t able to attend the conference, we’ve put together a virtual exhibit to emulate the spirit and energy of an in-person event and to share our latest titles in the discipline.

As we continue to face increasingly complex challenges, from the highly personal to those on a global scale, scholarship in the family sciences is more important than ever.

For over 25 years, I have had the pleasure of developing textbooks in the disciplines of counseling, social work, human services, and family studies. Since joining Cognella in 2015, I have continued to build and grow our offerings in these key areas by valuing authors’ unique perspectives, providing a platform for introducing their work to thousands of students nationwide, and investing in helping these critical disciplines move forward in interesting and innovative ways.

The titles featured in this virtual exhibit reflect Cognella’s commitment to publishing quality texts by notable authors that showcase the exciting work and thought leadership emerging in family studies.

If you’re interested in discussing book ideas, I’d love to hear from you. Please email me at: kassiegraves@cognella.com.

I hope you all have a wonderful conference!

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Featured Titles


Katherine R. Allen and Angela C. Henderson

The new edition of Family Theories Today: A Critical Intersectional Approach expands on the dynamic, creative, and scientific approach that made the first edition a success. Full of examples grounded in real people’s lives, the book covers twelve theories—ranging from Functionalist to Social Exchange to Feminist to Family Stress and Resilience—in a highly accessible but comprehensive way.

New highlights of this completely up-to-date and revised edition include two new chapters on topics that have gained increasing relevance: Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory; strengthened research and application about family diversity in each chapter; fresh multimedia suggestions; voices from lived experience; and more extensive outreach to a broader array of relevant disciplines.


Melinda Swafford and Elizabeth Ramsey

Family and Consumer Sciences: Preventative and Restorative Education well prepares future educators to develop engaging lessons for their students using a variety of methodologies to address the ever-changing societal issues facing individuals and families. The text recognizes that family and consumer sciences education works to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities, and is naturally preventative and restorative in nature.

The book equips readers to both meet legislative requirements of career technical education as well as individuals with diverse educational needs and those who are English language learners. The chapters include research, preventative approaches, educational legislative requirements, and evidence-based teaching methods and strategies.


Faye Z. Belgrave, Trenette Clark Goings, and Heather A. Jones

African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice illuminates the historical and contemporary experiences of African American families in the United States and demonstrates how they have survived and excelled in a nation not established for them.

Section I describes the African American family, including unique features, family structure, diversity, where they live, historical and contemporary influences on their lived experiences, and theoretical and methodological approaches to studying African American families. In Section II, readers learn about processes, adjustments, and well-being within African American families. The final section highlights diversity among African American families with chapters on African American fathers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and families with children in the child welfare system.


Sharon M. Ballard and Alan C. Taylor, Editors

Family Life Education with Diverse Populations provides readers with research-based strategies for designing and implementing culturally appropriate family life education programming with various populations. Each chapter is written by a member of the population about which they write or an individual who has significant experience working with that specific population.

The second edition has been updated to reflect shifting demographics, changes in relevant policies, and advances in culturally specific family life education programming and practice relevant to respective populations.


Sonia AminAnthony G. James, Jr., Editor

In Black Families: A Systems Approach, Anthony James convenes the voices of social scholars to examine the multifaceted nature of black family life. Grounded in family systems theory, the book provides readers with a unique lens through which to better understand the structures of, and processes within, black families. Through interaction with valuable literature and nuanced perspectives, readers learn to embrace a multidimensional perspective of black family life.

Chapters explore belief systems and contextual influences, including perspectives on fatherhood, the dynamics of military and interracial families, and the effects of mass incarceration on black families. The text examines family processes and structures, addressing racial socialization, marriage, divorce, interfaith relationships, and more.


Editors, Anthony G. James, Jr. and Leslie A. Anderson

Letters to a Young Practitioner: Essays of Advice brings together invaluable insight from a variety of professionals in the counseling and educational practice fields into a single volume to provide students-in-training and new practitioners with mentorship. The text promotes career self-actualization and offers readers a greater understanding of the culture of their given profession, the technical knowledge they need to advance in their careers, suggestions for professional development, and more.

The book features 22 essays written by clinical psychologists, couple/marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and others. Each essay is divided into three specific sections in which contributors provide general information about their educational background, discuss their experience and area of expertise, and offer advice in a particular area.


Kristine Anthis

Child and Adolescent Development: A Social Justice Approach features portraits of development at each stage interwoven with the findings of developmental science research on how inequitable resources and opportunities, which are influenced by social, economic, and political factors, can impact development. The text also presents findings on how such data can be used to reduce inequities for children and their families, thereby optimizing development and allowing individuals to reach their full potential no matter who they are.

Throughout, Pan & Zoom sections supply both big-picture and microscopic understandings of development, Tech & Media asides highlight the influences that technology and media can have on child and adolescent development, and Mentor Minutes provide readers with practical wisdom through interviews with diverse professionals working in the field.


The second edition of Skills and Techniques for Human Service Professionals: Counseling Environment, Helping Skills, Treatment Issues provides readers with valuable information about how the counseling environment impacts the helping relationship, ways of delivering critical helping skills, and the necessity of understanding important treatment issues when working with clients and consumers.

Section I focuses on the counseling environment. In Section II, chapters move from the most basic foundational skills to more advanced skills and specialized training. Section III focuses on important treatment issues in human services including case management, culturally competent counseling, guidelines for working with diverse populations, and ethical decision-making when working with all clients.

Cognella-Hosted In-Person Events at NCFR

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2022 Cognella Innovation in Teaching Awards for Family Science Awards Presentation
Friday, November 18, 10:15 - 11:30am
Session #315

Each year, in partnership with NCFR, Cognella recognizes outstanding Family Science teachers through the Cognella Innovation in Teaching Award for Family Science. We look for those teaching in higher education who have gone above and beyond within the past year to introduce cutting-edge teaching practices to their courses that better engage students and advance scholarship in the discipline.

In 2022, we have the pleasure of recognizing three outstanding instructors! Join us for the awards presentation on Friday, November 18, 10:15 – 11:30am, during Session #315, to learn about the winners and their incredible innovations. 


Meet the Authors
Thursday, November 17, 6-7pm
Cognella Academic Publishing Booth - #101

Katherine R. Allen and Angela C. Henderson, Authors of Family Theories Today: A Critical Intersectional Approach (Second Edition)


Anthony James, Author of Black Families: A Systems Approach and coeditor of Letters to a Young Practitioner: Essays of Advice


Leslie A. Anderson, Coeditor of Letters to a Young Practitioner: Essays of Advice 


Alan C. Taylor and Sharon M. Ballard, Authors of Family Life Education with Diverse Populations (Second Edition)


Rachel Tambling and Carissa D’Aniello-Heyda, Authors of Helping Skills: Basic Techniques for the Active and Engaged Helper

Coming Soon!


Scott S. Hall, Ph.D., CFLE

Family Stress: Understanding and Helping Families in Diverse Circumstances equips future helping professionals with the knowledge and skillsets they need to assist families in facing a variety of stressors and challenges. The text helps students learn key concepts related to family stress and enhances their abilities to make connections among theory, practice, and diverse family circumstances associated with stress. They explore their own experiences related to stress and trauma, build their personal resilience, and learn to empathize with and empower families from various backgrounds and situations facing stressful circumstances.


Rosanne Nunnery, Ph.D. and Lisa McKenna Ph.D., Editors

Featuring contributed chapters written by experts in the field, Telemental Health: What Every Student Needs to Know equips future counselors with the tools, skillsets, and knowledge required to effectively serve clients across different modalities. Chapters address the history of telemental health, opportunities and challenges associated with practice, ethical decision-making, and technical and practical considerations. Readers learn about clinical skills, relationship-building, documentation, billing, recordkeeping, working with specialized populations, and more.


Richard Hoefer

Funded! leads readers from knowing nothing about writing grants to having a complete grant proposal. Based on personal experience, years of teaching, and the expertise of dozens of professional nonprofit grantwriters, students learn about writing grants by completing exercises at the end of each chapter, moving from finding funding opportunities to submitting the completed proposal.


Rachel Tambling and Carissa D'Aniello-Heyda

Helping Skills: Basic Techniques for the Active and Engaged Helper provides readers with an introduction to essential counseling techniques, including active listening, paraphrasing, questioning, and managing complex interactions. Through theory, research, and practice suggestions, the text equips future behavioral health clinicians with the skills necessary to engage with clients, gather data, and intervene effectively. The skills outlined in the book well prepare readers to engage actively and authentically in individual, couple, and family treatment settings.


Miles Matise

The spiritually-attuned counselor is intentional about their own spiritual growth, practice, and development so they can support others in their own process. In Spirituality and the Helping Professions, author Miles Matise guides readers through a journey of personal spiritual growth and also provides them with the skillsets and knowledge they need to assist clients in the use of religious and spiritual means to facilitate growth and navigate their own lives.


Delia Marie Franklin, RN

In Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence: A Holistic Perspective, Delia Marie Franklin, RN provides readers with a comprehensive viewpoint on domestic violence that examines abuse through the lens of a multifaceted strategy. The book provides an in-depth understanding of intrafamilial abuse, elaborating on the development of the abusive mindset through observation, practice, and reinforcement. It explains the abusive tactics utilized in unhealthy relationships and how these tactics allow perpetrators of intimate partner violence to establish a status of control and hierarchy over their victim.


Kathleen Bogle, Editor

Featuring contributed chapters written by professionals within the field along with in-depth cases written by the editor, Gender-Based Crime: Learning through Experts and Cases provides readers with a diverse and enlightening exploration of the interplay between gender, crime, offending, and victimization. The book also explores how to deal with gender-based crime through criminal justice and alternative approaches.


Amy Aldridge Sanford

From Thought to Action: Developing a Social Justice Orientation empowers readers to successfully navigate their social justice journeys and channel their increased consciousness into direct action. The book provides robust historic, cultural, and social contexts, assists readers in managing the discomfort that often accompanies raised consciousness, and offers step-by-step instructions for initiating social justice campaigns and projects. The second edition includes a new chapter on allyship and an appendix related to speech preparation and delivery. It features more global examples of activism, as well as additional experiences from Asian American communities within the United States.

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Cognella Series on Family and Gender-Based Violence

Series editor: Claire M. Renzetti, Ph.D., Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women, Professor and Chair of Sociology – University of Kentucky

The Cognella Series on Family and Gender-Based Violence is an interdisciplinary collection of textbooks that work to address a broad spectrum of issues, challenges, and opportunities within the study of family and gender-based violence. Readers learn about different types of violence and are introduced to multidisciplinary approaches and cutting-edge strategies for preventing violence and responding to both victims and perpetrators.

The series features cross-cultural perspectives and diverse voices, embracing work that is culturally competent, examines similarities and differences in experiences across various social groups, and explores the intersectional impacts of multiple inequalities.

Featuring up-to-date research and critical information on evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence, the Cognella Series on Family and Gender-Based Violence helps researchers deepen and develop their enquiries and prepares students for graduate school study, professional education opportunities, and meaningful careers.


Margaret Campe, Kathi Harp, and Carrie Oser, Editors


Ruth E. Fleury-Steiner, M. Kristen Hefner, and Susan L. Miller, Editors

Free Textbook Spotlight - Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism edited by Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.

“During the summer of 2020, in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, the team at Cognella came together to determine new ways in which we could support the Black community. While it has always been important for us as a publisher to give a voice to historically underrepresented authors in academia, we knew we could do even more. We wanted to leverage what we do best—publishing—and also make a difference in a meaningful way. We decided we could make a significant impact by publishing a free book that highlights the contemporary battle for equity and the lived experiences of those in the Black community.” – Bassim Hamadeh, Cognella Founder and CEO

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“It is my hope that the book will provide a blueprint for readers that will empower them to actively confront anti-Blackness wherever it exists, because this is the only way we will progress toward making Black lives matter.” - Kevin Cokley, Ph.D.

About the Book 

At the heart of racist attitudes and behaviors is anti-Black racism, which simply put, is the disregard and disdain of Black life. Anti-Black racism negatively impacts every aspect of the lives of Black people.

Edited by renowned scholar and psychologist Kevin Cokley, Making Black Lives Matter: Confronting Anti-Black Racism explores the history and contemporary circumstances of anti-Black racism, offers powerful personal anecdotes, and provides recommendations and solutions to challenging anti-Black racism in its various expressions.

The book features chapters written by scholars, practitioners, activists, and students. The chapters reflect diverse perspectives from the Black community and writing styles that range from scholarly text supported by cited research to personal narratives that highlight the lived experiences of the contributors. The book focuses on the ways that anti-Black racism manifests and has been confronted across various domains of Black life using research, activism, social media, and therapy.

About the Editor

Kevin Cokley, Ph.D. is a distinguished teaching professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development. He is the director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis. Dr. Cokley holds the title Distinguished Psychologist from the Association of Black Psychologists and is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology. His research focuses on African American psychology with a focus on racial identity development, academic achievement, and the impostor phenomenon. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Georgia State University and M.Ed. in counselor education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.