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Books in Counseling and Therapy with Children

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Amie Verrall

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Goals of Child Bibliotheraphy
Stages of using Books in Counseling
Why Use Stories
- Foster emotional and beahvoural growth as (Jalongo, 1993; Riordan & Wilson, 1989

- Less threatening method than directly talking about themselves.

- Reduce the feeling of ‘being alone’. (Christenbury, Beale & Patch, 1996; Nickolai-Mays, 1987)

- Encourage the development of compassion (Jensen, 2006)

Amie Verrall
Books in Counseling and Therapy with Children
• identify and validate their feelings;
• realize that other children have problems similar to their own;
• stimulate discussion;
• foster thought and self-awareness;
• discover possible coping skills and solutions; and
• decide on a constructive course of action.

The use of books in therapy is referred to as bibliotheraphy. Bibliotheraphy is a therapeutic tool uses literature, to assist individuals of all ages to work though the challenges they face in their life. Bibliotheraphy can be initiated both through an educational setting and a clinical setting.
1. IDENTIFICATION. The child identifies with a character, a story line, SOMETHING in the book that
catches their attention. .

2. CATHARSIS. The child is able to release emotions when he/she becomes emotionally involved in
the story.

3. INSIGHT. With the therapist's help, the child can come to possible solutions to their problem or coping strategies.

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Chinn, C.A., Anderson, R.C., & Waggoner, M.A. (2001). Patterns of discourse
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Christenbury, L., Beale, A.V., & Patch, S.S. (1996). Interactive in bliocounselling: Recent fiction and nonfiction for adolescents and their counselors’. The School Counselor, 44, 133-145.

Costello, E.J., & Angold, A. (1995). Epidemiology. In J.S. March (Ed.), Anxiety disorders in children and adolescents (pp.109-124). New York: Guilford Press.

Cutforth, N.B. (1980). The effect of group bibliotherapy in reducing the anxieties of children in grades one, two and three. Dissertation Abstracts International, 41/03, 932A.

Jalongo, M.R. (1993). Using crisis-oriented books with young children. In J.B.McCraken (Ed.) Reducing stress in young children’s lives (pp. 41- 46). Washington: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Jensen, A. (2006). Authentic literature: A case study of the Ben and His Helmet series by Nelle Frances. Primary and Middle Years Educator, 4(1), 21-23.
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