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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

School Counseling: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Bill Lepkowski

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Dowds

Third Advisor

Michele Baron-Albers

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

bibliotherapy, books in counseling, school counseling interventions


Bibliotherapy, or the theory that books can be used to heal the soul, has been around since ancient times. The history and effectiveness of bibliotherapy has been well documented and researchers have begun to explore what factors may contribute to a mental health practitioner’s use of bibliotherapy. However, little research has been done specific to how school counselors utilize bibliotherapy and little is known about what personal characteristics may influence whether a school counselor will choose to use books in their work with students. This study will utilize a survey sent to school counselors via professional network listservs to explore what demographic factors, such as grade of students served, number of years as a counselor, training, and size of caseload, influence a school counselor’s use of bibliotherapy. In addition, the study will investigate whether school counselors who enjoy reading in their personal time utilize bibliotherapy at a higher rate than those who do not.



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