Introduction to Bibliotherapy Skills
Introduction to Bibliotherapy Skills is an ambitious course offering unique skills to those working in community-focused organisations. Bibliotherapy uses specially chosen books to support people with their wellbeing goals.
- Course Type Adult - Professional
- Subject Area Care and Education
- Qualification N/A
- Study Mode: Part Time Only
- Course Level Specialist
- Location Hele Road Centre
- Course Length 10 weeks
- Start Date 25-Sep-23
- End Date 4-Dec-23
- Day Monday
- Times 18.00-20.00
- Fee FREE
- Course Code X0EBIBL0/3/A
Introduction to Bibliotherapy Skills is an ambitious course offering unique skills to those working in community-focused organisations. Bibliotherapy uses specially chosen books to support people with their wellbeing goals. Trainees will develop bibliotherapy skills that they will be able to use to contribute to the lives of those in their workplaces and communities. The knowledge, skills, and behaviours trainees will develop are: basic counselling skills such as active listening; identifying own reading habits and the emotional benefits of analysing one’s reading journey; development of a database of books to draw on; and knowledge of the science and research that backs up bibliotherapy as a tool that can improve mental health and wellbeing.
Trainees will also have the opportunity to experience the utilisation of bibliotherapy skills as both a service user and as a practitioner. Diversity and inclusion is a key part of the teaching. Trainees will be expected to expand their reading, go outside of their comfort zones, and read from a wide range of perspectives and issues.
This course will be co-taught by two teachers to ensure that trainees have the support they need.
Exeter College and Exeter UNESCO City of Literature have developed this course in association with esteemed bibliotherapist Susan Elderkin, a psychotherapist, teachers, and literary experts. Exeter City of Literature piloted a bibliotherapy initiative at Whipton Barton Junior School in 2021 with Susan, to great success. This course aspires to positively impact on the wellbeing and reading engagement of adults in Exeter and Devon, particularly those who will benefit the most from receiving free support using bibliotherapy skills.
You must be able to attend all 10 sessions including the end of course event on the evening of the 12th December, 2023 18.00 – 21.00
Deadline for applications: 6th September at midday.
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