By Beth Doll
Drawing on their respective roles as a college library media professional and a psychologist, those authors current a entire five-step version of bibliotherapy. They discover the way it can be utilized to check the character and occurrence of the psychological well-being wishes of kids and teens. in the 5 steps, actions that include varied bibliotherapy courses are defined and advantage worthwhile for bibliotherapy perform are tested. wide references to the pro literature and a pattern application that displays the team-based making plans technique encouraged through the authors finish this valuable source.
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Extra info for Bibliotherapy with Young People: Librarians and Mental Health Professionals Working Together
In addressing school counselors, Gladding and Gladding (1991, 9) said that "librarians and English teachers are usually willing and able to recommend specific books for certain children or problems. . " We too suggest that professionals collaborate to bring literature's therapeutic insight to children's attention.
Once we clarified our own definitions and reframed them into a new and broader definition of bibliotherapy, the questions that guided our conversations changed as well. These new questions, which are described in chapter 1, provide the focus around which this book was written. We had a second realization as well: Although each of us was very comfortable with some facets of bibliotherapy programs, there were aspects that each of us was quite unfamiliar with. The psychologist understands very little about media selection: locating, evaluating, and choosing among different books, films, or media.
She explains, "Developmental bibliotherapy is the personalization of literature for the purpose of meeting normal ongoing life tasks. Clinical bibliotherapy is a mode of intervention in aiding persons severely troubled with emotional or behavioral problems" (Lack 1985, 29). In developmental bibliotherapy, the reading materials and discussions emphasize general personality development; in clinical bibliotherapy, they focus on specific problems. " These diverse and wide-ranging meanings for the term bibliotherapy have added confusion to the professional debates about when bibliotherapy is appropriate and who should be doing it.