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By Beth Doll

Drawing on their respective roles as a faculty library media professional and a psychologist, those authors current a finished five-step version of bibliotherapy. They discover the way it can be utilized to check the character and occurrence of the psychological overall healthiness wishes of kids and teenagers. in the 5 steps, actions that contain various bibliotherapy courses are defined and talents priceless for bibliotherapy perform are tested. broad references to the pro literature and a pattern application that displays the team-based making plans method encouraged via the authors finish this beneficial source.

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To facilitate our dialogue, this book uses Lack's terminology of developmental bibliotherapy to refer to the former and her term clinical bibliotherapy to refer to the latter extremes of this continuum. In between fall the varying gradations of guided reading that are described in both library media and mental health journals and books. Later in this chapter we describe how to distinguish between programs of bibliotherapy that are essentially developmental and those that are clinical and so require the participation and leadership of a mental health professional.

Sullivan (1987, 875) writes about using literature to explore sensitive issues with her students. " A vivid explanation of how literature assists problem solving is provided by Frasier and McCannon (1981) when they suggest that readers are permitted, through imagination, to try out various solutions without suffering the real-life consequences. Similarly, Hébert (1991) notes that through books children and adolescents can thoughtfully analyze a problem situation while remaining safe from the consequences of their imagined decisions.

At the same time, there appears to be good reason to caution well-intentioned professionals about engaging in clinical bibliotherapy unless they have adequate training in the child and adolescent mental health conditions that such therapy addresses. What problems are posed by unqualified bibliotherapists? Four essential cautions have been detailed. First, the too-casual prescription of books to children with serious problems can backfire (Chatton 1988). In the same way that a garden hose cannot extinguish a forest fire, fictional characters' simplistic solutions may be insufficient for the child's real-life problem.

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