How To Use the Toolkit

The toolkit will always be in process, based on feedback from you and others about content, ease of use, and its contribution to your facilitation of bibliotherapy. As editors of this toolkit, our aim is that your use will be efficient and clear. We invite you to return again and again. Please send us your comments and suggestions for future additions.

An overview of the Table of Contents

The first few tools offer an overview of bibliotherapy. For an more detailed description of these (written in 2015), please scroll down this page.

The facilitators of Lapidus Scotland’s four longstanding writing groups then  present their work. The groups are Art Into Writing, Scribble in the Kibble, Water Story and Writing the Garden. (The work and approach of these groups may have changed since these pieces were written.)

The following resources offer a rich potpourri of examples of practices of bibliotherapy by Scottish practitioners. They are sequenced in alphabetical order, by title; these titles are suggestive of the setting, participants, or the group process. In some cases, an author’s email address is available for continuing conversations; if not, please contact Lapidus Scotland and we will forward your message to the author in question.


Annotated Table of Contents

NHS and Lapidus Scotland Connection – by Ann Wales and Larry Butler
This toolkit is a collaboration between NHS Scotland and Lapidus Scotland. Here are background and overview comments from two of the key collaborators:
About Bibliotherapy- Definitions and Discussion – Several definitions of bibliotherapy can be found at this link. More than one is offered because of the rich diversity of bibliotherapy practices. Use these definitions as you shape your own practice or to advocate to supervisors, funders, and colleagues for expanded uses of bibliotherapy
Brief Examples of Bibliotherapy Practices – click this link to find a list of examples of bibliotherapy practices in diverse settings around the globe. The purpose of this section is to stimulate your consideration of creative approaches to bibliotherapy. Send the editors other examples. This link will be subject to regular updates.
Group Facilitation – Use this link to find pages of core principles and practices when leading groups, whatever the group purpose and process: support, reading, therapeutic, writing, or groups utilizing a curriculum.
Facilitating Bibliotherapy – The use of literary resources for personal growth or healing is called bibliotherapy. When drawing on reading, writing or story-telling as practices in a group, the facilitation requires attention to matters found in this packet.