Bibliotherapy: Exploratory Study on Strengthening Social–Emotional Learning With Books

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. increase their familiarity with the psychosocial intervention of Bibliotherapy and its therapeutic use in schools.
  2. examine the results of a research study that investigated Bibliotherapy and its use in schools.
  3. apply the 5 steps of the Bibliotherapy process in a school setting.
  4. select resources to utilize when incorporating Bibliotherapy into their school-based practice.
  5. understand how this Bibliotherapy research project integrates with the 2020 NASP Practice Model.


Bibliotherapy is a psychosocial intervention that uses reading to produce affective changes and to promote emotional growth and development. Bibliotherapy can be used to provide insight, promote the discussion of feelings, demonstrate new attitudes and values, show that others have similar problems, and demonstrate solutions to problems (Kanewischer, 2013). This paper presentation describes a research project that investigated variables affecting the use of bibliotherapy in schools. Suggestions for practitioners using bibliotherapy will be explored.



Stephanie H. Corcoran, UAB
James (Jim) R. Deni, Appalachian State
Brielle D. Winner, Appalachian State


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