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Bibliotherapy: what, why, and how can I use it in my context?
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Bibliotherapy: what, why, and how can I use it in my context?

When: 12:30
Where: Online webinar
United Kingdom
Contact: Juanita Foster-Jones
020 7255 0500

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Bibliotherapy: what, why, and how can I use it in my context?

Many people agree that reading a book makes them feel better, but what does that really mean?

Bibliotherapy is the use of books (self-help, fiction, poetry) to manage mental health and well-being. Bibliotherapy has developed over the past 100 years, but the premise remains the same: that information, guidance, and solace can be found in books.

In this session, we will explore the different forms of bibliotherapy, consider why it might be relevant to diverse audiences and outline how it might be integrated into different contexts, including public, academic, health and workplace library and information management settings.

By the end of the session you will be able to:
- Describe the different types of bibliotherapy
- Outline how bibliotherapy has, and may be, used across library and information sectors
- Select aspects of bibliotherapy that would be relevant to bring into your work context


Dr Liz Brewster


Dr Liz Brewster is a Lecturer at Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University. Her research focuses on experiences of mental health and wellbeing, particularly how creative activities such as reading may affect mental health. She has previously worked in academic and public libraries. With Dr Sarah McNicol, she edited and contributed to the 2018 publication ‘Bibliotherapy’ (Facet Publishing).



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