On some level we know that reading books can be a cathartic experience, but how much can reading books help traumatized students to heal? How much can reading help traumatized students cope?
Bibliotherapy goes that step further, as it is the practice of using books as therapy in the treatment of mental or psychological disorders.
For adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety, and grief, the use of books can be a powerful therapeutic tool. Tweens and teens often get stuck in their narratives, believing that the negative stories they tell themselves are accurate. But when reading about a fictional character who went through a similar experience, they can normalize their feelings and gain the courage to open up about their own struggles. Click here to read more about bibliotherapy and how this school is using it to reach out to struggling students.
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