Bibliotherapy:. An Issues Approach to Children’s Literature. What is Bibliotherapy Why Bibliotherapy Who does it? How? Brainstorm Range of Topics of Concern. Developmental Bibliotherapy. What is Bibliotherapy? Definitions are often contradictory :
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An Issues Approach to Children’s Literature
What is Bibliotherapy?
Definitions are often contradictory:
Mental Health Professionals
If more than one professional involved is the relationship:
Cooperative: Have same groups of children, but have different purposes (goal is not to contradict efforts)
Consultative:One professional works in consultation with another- relying on expertise of that person and supervision
Collaborative: Both professionals share responsibilities and expertise
Program level? In cooperation, consultation, or collaboration with others?
Post and Beyond
Families Life Cycle
Bibliotherapy means various things to people depending upon its purposes. On one end of the spectrum, there is a clinical orientation while on the other there is a developmental view of the process. The people involved and the strategies and approach differ according to where they fall along the continuum.
Bibliotherapy acknowledges the power that a book has to touch our minds and our hearts. It involves using books to enhance personal insights about self, others, societal situations, and about our culture. While the results of reading and responding to books which address various issues of concern may indeed be healing,
this class takes a developmental approach. Bibliotherapy in this context is seen as adjunctive to a literary approach to books (Rudman,1993), and it is not considered to be “therapy”. Therefore, the books selected must be of value not only in terms of the issues addressed, but also in terms of literary quality. From this perspective the issues addressed and strategies employed are in keeping with a Reader Response Approach (Rosenblatt) to literature in which children are encouraged to experience a book in a variety of ways and levels. They are encouraged to find themselves and lose themselves in a good book.
Vandergrift’s selected list of bibs on sensitve issues:
Books on Aging for Children and Young Adults:
Helping Children with Books: