Friday, April 07, 2006

Healing through books

Examining bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy, also known as reading therapy, is the inclusion of books to help individuals move through emotional experiences. Historically, bibliotherapy dates back to the 1930s when librarians began compiling lists of written material that helped individuals with trauma, thoughts, feelings, or behaviors for therapeutic purposes.

Dr. Deborah Serani offers an intriguing look at written materials that have been used to help people through emotional experiences, including trauma. According to Serani, bibliotherapy, also known as reading therapy, can be used with children and adults.

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