Reading for Well-Being: Bibliotherapy for People Living with Dementia

Course Outline and Objectives
This one-day course aims to enable staff to promote the principles of best practice in providing bibliotherapy sessions. To share thoughts and feelings, through the connection of stories and poetry. 


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

  • Discover the benefits of reading aloud
  • Use narrative or poems, as appropriate to the context
  • Find your own voice, including tone, speed and delivery of compassion to promote empathy
  • Encourage mindfulness by focusing attention to detail and using the senses, to make the moment matter
  • Prepare and match your materials
  • Recognise the three stages of healing when practicing Bibliotherapy (identification, catharsis and insight) - especially important when connecting with carers and family members


Benefits of the course: 
There is growing appreciation amongst clinical practitioners and academics of the benefits of reading aloud on a one-to-one basis or in groups of people experiencing different kinds of mental distress.

By listening to someone read out loud, our mind is given the freedom and the opportunity to connect with a story or poem in two ways. On the one hand there is the pleasure of listening to well-loved and remembered rhythms, and on the other, we can reach a deeper understanding of relationships or situations, experienced or articulated at different levels.  A process of distancing through reading can allow people to explore difficult and sensitive personal issues by talking about character and story, rather than directly revealing personal circumstances without the worry of stigma or being labelled.

Literature – words - are powerful tools and can be used to make us feel better by connecting us with the lives and situations of the characters; by using them as a vessel to relate to others how we may be feeling. Used in bibliotherapy, they have enormous healing properties and are capable of enabling a deep connection to the work and to others, when read out loud in an intimate group setting. They allow us to come together, to talk at the same table.


Who can attend:
The course is suitable for those supporting people with dementia.


Further information
Future Reading for Well-Being dates will soon be added back to our Open Course Programme. Please check back regulary.

Like all of our Educational Courses, Reading for Well-Being, can be commissioned by an organisation for delivery in-house.

To commission bespoke training for your service, please or phone 0845 257 2250.