Bibliotherapy is the use of reading materials (fiction, poetry, memoirs, etc.) to assist individuals in dealing with mental, physical, emotional, developmental, or social problems. Reading selections are used to create topic-related group sessions that address specific life problems and promote resilience (e.g. inspirational stories about overcoming addictions). It is a model that works particularly well to reduce social isolation. Each group is facilitated by a trained bibliotherapist who selects relevant reading material to address the identified social isolation topic of the group and promotes growth and wellbeing through post-reading discussion.
LiNDR supports bibliotherapy by facilitating bibliotherapy reading groups and mentoring agencies who wish to implement the model in their programs. For more information, contact Jennine Agnew-Kata at firstname.lastname@example.org.