ERIC Number: EJ723473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 57
Bibliotherapy: A Resource to Facilitate Emotional Healing and Growth
Heath, Melissa Allen; Sheen, Dawn; Leavy, Deon; Young, Ellie; Money, Kristy
School Psychology International, v26 n5 p563-580 2005
Children's literature is a therapeutic tool for facilitating emotional growth and healing. Stories provide a catalyst for change, providing children with other perspectives and options for thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Appropriately shared stories provide opportunities for children to gain insight and learn healthier ways to face difficulties. To increase familiarity with bibliotherapy the following information is reviewed: a background of literature's therapeutic use; the stages of involvement, identification, catharsis, insight and universalism; suggestions for effectively selecting and sharing stories and strategies for creating a positive and productive learning experience. A list of children's books is provided to support counselling interventions.
Descriptors: Bibliotherapy, Childrens Literature, Child Psychology, Emotional Development, Child Development, Counseling Techniques
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