Dr. Steiner's Tools for Change

Keynotes & Workshops

  1. For Meeting Professionals
  2. Training for Medical Professionals


Ann Steiner, Ph.D., M.F.T., CGP (Certified Group Psychotherapist), FAGPA (Fellow, American Group Psychotherapy Association) was elected to serve on the Board of the American Group Psychotherapy Association from 2012 to 2016, and was elected to serve as a Board Member of both the National Speakers Association of Northern California, though 2018, and the International Human Learning Resources Network, through 2019.

She is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (CA. Marriage and Family Therapist, License #ML17115, Marriage and Family Therapist New Mexico, USA, License # CMFO218881) who has professional and personal experience with chronic physical illness. This, along with her years of teaching and learning from clients, makes her a dynamic and powerful speaker invited to give keynote addresses and other talks throughout the US and internationally for medical and mental health organizations, consumer groups and other illness-related organizations.

Her professional career spans 30 years of supervising and consulting with therapists, illness-related organizations and self-help groups as well as maintaining a private practice with individuals and groups in the San Francisco Bay Area.



Her books How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide, 3rd edition, Routledge Books, and Help Your Group Thrive: Workbook and Planning Guide, Routledge Press,have received wide praise nationally.

Green Pastures, under the auspices of Grace Yung, Ph.D., in Hong Kong, has just released their translation of the first of her two workbooks about group therapy into both traditional Chinese characters and simplified Chinese for readers in Mainland China, Singapore and Malaysia.

Green Pastures expect to release their translation of her book for therapists, Help Your Group Thrive: Therapists Workbook and Planning Guide by 2024.


Help Your Group Thrive

Dr. Steiner has authored many articles published in professional journals and books. In addition:

  • She was featured in an inspirational photo-essay book about women who have dealt with major obstacles, Believing in Ourselves: A Celebration of Women, Andrews McMeel, 2002.
  • Her manual for group therapists, self-help group leaders, critique groups and book clubs, How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide, was released in 2010, with a 2nd edition in 2015.
  • She is currently writing a self-help book, The Rollercoaster of Chronic illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride, a guide for individuals, family, and friends whose lives are affected by chronic pain and illness. This is a companion text to her audio CD The Rollercoaster of Chronic illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride.

** Check her Calendar, to see a list of Dr. Steiner's upcoming presentations for the public and mental health professionals.**

Download a free copy of Dr. Steiner's Medical Information Form, a method for tracking daily medication intake, and emergency contact information.

You can see a partial list of organizations to which Dr. Steiner has made presentations as well as detailed information on her qualifications and experience on her Biography page.

To hire Dr. Steiner to give a keynote address or provide in-service training for your organization, please see about booking Dr. Steiner.


Illness-Related Talks

  • The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride
  • Top 10 Tips for Coping with Illness
  • Communication Tips for Better Living with Chronic Illness


For Medical Professionals

  • Understanding the psychological impact of chronic pain
  • Top 10 Tips for Working with Chronic Pain Patients

For Self-Help Group Leaders

  • Top 10 Tips for Keeping your Groups Healthy
  • Understanding the Normal Stages of Coping with Chronic Illness


  • Believing in Ourselves: One Woman's Journey From Wheelchair to Motivational Speaker


Illness, Aging and Disability Related Topic

  • The Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness: How to Add Joy to the Ride

This presentation will help you:

  • Understand normal reactions to illness and disability
  • Improve teamwork with family and friends
  • Increase your comfort asking for, giving and receiving help
  • Make room for comfort and joy
  • Deal more effectively with health care providers
  • Increase compassion for yourself and others

Dr. Steiner has presented workshops about coping with chronic medical illness and the Therapist's Professional Will for organizations such as the:

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Herrick Hospital Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Berkeley, CA
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
  • Arthritis Foundation, Northern California
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • California Pacific Medical Center, S.F., Radiation Oncology Department
  • California Pacific Medical Center, S.F. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • California Psychological Association
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research, Inc., Keynote Address
  • International Human Learning Resources Network
  • Kaiser Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Walnut Creek, CA
  • The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, CA
  • Sjogren's Syndrome Symposium, Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Seattle, WA, Keynote address
  • University of California, Davis, Coronary Heart Disease Reversal Program


I am passionate about helping patients/clients and therapists live life to the fullest. I give keynote addresses, lead workshops, am a motivational speaker, and consults with patients, organizations, practicing therapists, physicians, attorneys, and health care workers. Any content area can be presented as inspirational keynote presentations, in-service training events, half or all-day workshops, group discussions, depending on your group's needs.

Recently I have begun offering trainings for professional speakers and small business owners on how to create effective back-up systems. The system helps workshop participants think through ways to put together a small group of trusted peers to replace them in the event of expected and unexpected absences.

I prefer to design each presentation to address the particular needs of your membership or organization. The format can include interactive sections, short small group discussions etc.

If you have any questions or want to discuss whether and how I can be of assistance, please feel free to call (925) 962-0060 or send an email with your phone number and a variety of times when it would be convenient for me to return your call.

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Last Updated: June 20, 2023