ERIC Number: EJ1155854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Using Children's Literature to Strengthen Social and Emotional Learning
Heath, Melissa Allen; Smith, Kathryn; Young, Ellie L.
School Psychology International, v38 n5 p541-561 Oct 2017
The introductory article to this special edition of "School Psychology International," "Using Children's Literature to Strengthen Social and Emotional Learning," describes the need for a broader base of support for children's mental health needs. Both nationally and internationally, the limited number of mental health professionals demands alternative options for the delivery of mental health services. Schools are recommended as one proposed venue for providing these services to children and youth. As such, teachers need easy-to-use basic information about mental health resources that are viable, yet rely on minimal professional support and supervision. One option is bibliotherapy, using books and stories to support social emotional needs. From the mental health perspective of both prevention and intervention, bibliotherapy is proposed not just as a professional's therapeutic tool, but also as a layman's resource to address students' basic social emotional needs. We offer resources from a website that includes basic bibliotherapy lesson plans, posters, activities, and video clips--all centered on the five foundational competencies identified by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). This website [http://education.byu.edu/sociallearning] is geared to educators and mental health professionals who work with elementary school children, ages 5-11.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Social Development, Emotional Development, Bibliotherapy, Mental Health, Intervention, Prevention, Health Needs, Mental Health Workers, Web Sites, Lesson Plans, Visual Aids, Elementary School Students, Interpersonal Competence, School Counseling, Video Technology
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