Intervention Toolbox: Bibliotherapy

12 Mar

Amanda Limberty, MSSA, LISW-S

(reprinted from the Ohio School Social Work Association’s newsletter)

Greetings fellow school social workers! As a member of the Ohio School Social Work Association board, I want to share some interventions that you may find helpful in your own work.

Biobliotherapy has been very beneficial and effective in my work with children. When a child is struggling with a specific emotional/behavioral issue, school social workers can utilize various books to provide information about the issue, engage the child in conversation, create awareness that other children have similar problems, and provide realistic solutions to the problem. Books can be used to assist children who struggle to express their emotions and provides a “safety net” for children who are defensive or facing an emotionally intense issue, as books allow for a “safe” distance away from the child. Here are some of my favorite books to use with the kids, ENJOY!

ADHD

Eagle Eyes

By: Jeanne Gehret

ANGER MANAGEMENT

When Sophie Gets Angry, Really Really Angry

By: Molly Bang

BULLYING

Bully

By: Judith Caseley

CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Enemy Pie

By: Derek Munson

DIVORCE

Dinosaurs Divorce

By: Marc Brown

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

When They Fight

By: Kathryn White

FEELINGS

The Way I Feel

By: Janan Cain

FRIENDSHIP

How To Be a Friend

By: Marc Brown

GRIEF AND LOSS

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss

By: Michaelene Mundy

INCARCERATED PARENTS

When a Parent Goes to Jail

By: Rebecca M. Yaffe and Lonnie F. Hoade

LISTENING

Listen Buddy

By: Helen Lester

SCHOOL BEHAVIOR

Listen and Learn

By: Cheri J. Meiners

SELF ESTEEM

Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

By: Patty Lovell

SEPERATION ANXIETY

The Kissing Hand

By: Audrey Penn

SHARING

Rainbow Fish

By: Marcus Pfister

WORRY/ANXIETY

Is A Worry Worrying You

By: Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz

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