Bibliotherapy And Reading Groups
Bibliotherapy is all about reading aloud to increase wellbeing. I’ve been working in this field for a couple of years now and can testify that it works!
Outcomes from bibliotherapy
- increase in wellbeing
- self confidence and self esteem boost
- decrease in feelings of isolation
- experience of new and different things to read
- new friendships
A bibliotherapy group can meet regularly and read aloud in the group or just meet as a one off for a special event. Anyone who feels comfortable to read can do so and members will take it in turns. There are many breaks in the reading for discussing ideas and feelings that have come up and discussions can be wide ranging, profound, emotional and downright silly.
Bibliotherapy works in any setting and with any group and can also work on a one to one basis.
The materials for bibliotherapy can be as simple as a photocopied poem or two, a short story or a novel.
As a group facilitator I lead the sessions, provide the materials and make sure everyone feels included and takes part as much as they feel comfortable to do.
If you’d like to talk about getting a bibliotherapy group going in your setting get in touch with me – firstname.lastname@example.org I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.
Reading groups traditionally meet monthly and all members take a book away to read between meetings then come back to discuss it with the group.
Sometimes a group in a new setting needs a kick start and I can come in and get your group going, provide the first book and guide the discussion for one or two meetings.
Reading groups can be genre themed – I just heard that a Crime Readers’ group I helped start is still going at Oadby Library after 15 years! – or read a wide range of different books.
Groups can start in the workplace, coffee shop, library or in group members’ homes. Anywhere really!
Get in touch if you want to talk about starting a reading group.