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ERIC Number: ED105823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Bibliotherapy in the Circulating Library at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital.
The librarian in a mental health hospital has a unique opportunity to serve patients. The nonclinical setting is a significant factor in establishing the library as a bridge between the hospital and the outside world. The librarian-bibliotherapist, especially when working as a team member with the psychotherapist, brings professionalism and expertise about literary materials to focus on the emotional needs of the patient. There are several modes for the delivery of bibliotherapy: individual therapist/patient discussions, reading aloud to a group with no discussion, and facilitator-directed reading and/or writing groups. The last technique seems to be the most common mode and is the one most frequently used at the circulating library. Poetry therapy has been used effectively in the drug addiction unit. The final step in the continuum of bibliotherapy techniques consists of the group members reading materials before discussion meetings. A 1972 doctoral thesis concluded that this method, as studied in a prison, may foster socially acceptable attitudes. (Author/SL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC.