History and Development of Bibliotherapy
Storytelling, creative writing and reading have been recognized for their therapeutic potential and ability to help build connections for centuries. The use of literature as a healing methods dates back to Ancient Greece, where libraries were seen as sacred places with curative powers. In the early nineteenth century, physicians such as Benjamin Rush and Minson Galt II began using literature as an intervention technique in treating and rehabilitating individuals with mental health issues. During the first and second World Wars, bibliotherapy was often used to help returning soldiers deal with physical and emotional trauma.
Here at Reach Out, we use literature and reading to help you connect both with characters and with others around you. Give us a call at 385-241-4119 to learn more about bibliotherapy and connect with us!
Our Phase One Booklist
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
- The Survivor series by Erin Hunter
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom
- The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis