Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
School Counseling: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
Dr. Bill Lepkowski
Dr. Susan Dowds
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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.
Bekius, Jackelyn, "Bibliotherapy in the School Setting: A Study of How and Why School Counselors Utilize Books with Students" (2022). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 96.