Bibliotherapy - Bringing Books to Life

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13th May 2020 10.00 - 16.30 London Click Here


The course fee is £75 per delegate.

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We offer discount for family carers, to take advantage of this special offer, please contact or call 0845 257 2250


This one-day training course is for anyone who works with people living with dementia, family members or carers, to enable a different approach to keeping mental health healthy by sharing our personal stories through characters in literature and poetry. Come and discover bibliotherapy, which is all about feeling good with books! Stories are medicine. They are embedded with instructions which guide us about the complexities of life. They have such power that they do not require us to DO, BE, ACT anything - we need only to listen.


Training Aim
The training aim is to promote the principles of best practice in providing bibliotherapy sessions, which allows us to share thoughts and feelings, through the connection of stories and poetry, that will enable all of you to bring books to life, run your own sessions and make the moment matter.


By the end of this training day participants will be able to: 

  • provoke and promote memories through the use of bibliotherapy
  • choose appropriate material, and why it is appropriate
  • project and use your own voice through tone and language
  • understand the key elements of bibliotherapy and be confident when running a bibliotherapy session


About the Trainer 
Sharon has been putting bibliotherapy into practice since 2004, after running reading groups for junior school children as part of her development as a Level 3 NVQ Classroom Assistant. 

After studying for a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature, she returned to her interest in bibliotherapy and applied to train as a Shared Reading Facilitator at Kensington & Chelsea Library. 

She has worked with students and lecturers at Exeter College, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries, Made-Well Community Project, Help for Heroes, Recovery Devon, CRISIS Winter Rough Sleepers and Dementia Pathfinders. She works in retirement villages (St. Monica Trust) and holds sessions at various retreats around the country.

Sharon is also a regular speaker at NHS Conferences and Events and hosts a weekly radio show at UK Health Radio, where she presents a one-hour bibliotherapy session. Sharon is an Ambassador for the Reading Agency’s World book Night and is part of the BBC’s “Get Creative” Team.

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