Project/Committee Details - CHLA/ABSC
Bibliotherapy Interest Group (BIG)
Description:
Bibliotherapy, in a variety of its clinical and non-clinical applications, has been widely acknowledged as an effective way of applying literature in everyday life. Research shows that bibliotherapy-based interventions in the form of individual consultations with a therapist or shared reading groups facilitated by librarians, educators, social workers, or others, have great potential for addressing a broad range of health issues – from mental health problems to dealing with chronic or terminal illnesses to coping with grief, loneliness, poverty and relocation.
Details:
In response to the growing interest in Bibliotherapy among librarians, we are proposing to form the Bibliotherapy Interest Group (BIG) within CHLA. The BIG will provide a platform for sharing creative ideas and experiences in bibliotherapy. The ultimate goal of the proposed interest group is to advocate for creative (non-clinical) bibliotherapy applications as a safe and effective methodology for addressing life problems and challenges and to promote resilience and psychological health and wellness. Other goals will include:

1.educate librarians on bibliotherapy research and existing theories and practices, particularly those relevant to a library setting;
2.explore new ideas and opportunities for bibliotherapy-based library programs and services to target inpatients, outpatients, caregivers, and healthcare providers;
3.create a Bibliotherapy LibGuide: an online database of literary materials (both fiction and non-fiction) on health and wellness topics;
4.develop and publish a Bibliotherapy Manual: a practical guide on how to facilitate a bibliotherapy-based reading group.
Primary Contact:
Sandy Iverson
Contact Email:
Project/Committee Member Information
Sandy Iverson
St. Michael's Hospital