ERIC Number: ED088508
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
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Agnews State Hospital Rehabilitation Services Patients' Library Bibliotherapy Project; Third Annual Report.
Lack, Clara; Bettencourt, Bruce
To cause a patient to relate personally to literature is the goal of bibliotherapy, but just how this goal is attained is one of the most significant differences between bibliotherapy and other forms of group therapy. Agnews State Hospital has conducted bibliotherapy for three years as a rehabilitation service. During July 1970-June 1971, a total of 477 bibliotherapy sessions have been held with an average attendance of 12 patients. Feedback from the bibliotherapist, as well as from the patients, has aided the ward teams in evaluating and planning ongoing treatment. The program has resulted in an increase in attention span, self-disclosure, emotional stability, and many other positive effects. In addition to its therapeutic value to the patients, the bibliotherapy program has provided a training experience to social work students in field training at Agnews over the past years. (CH)
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Authoring Institution: Santa Clara County Library, San Jose, CA.