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A national survey of 'Bibliotherapy Practices in Counseling' was conducted in 2008. This project was partially supported by an Association of Creativity in Counseling Research Award. Little research exists regarding preparation of professional counselors and their specific use of bibliotherapy interventions. Invitations and survey requests were sent to a random sample of current members of the American Counseling Association. Respondent data indicated counselors do use bibliotherapy in their practice; however, this is largely limited to using informational, workbook, and self-help materials. An analysis of counselors' theoretical orientations, client populations, and practice settings is presented. Implications for counselors and counselor-educators and recommendations for future research are offered.


Bibliotherapy; Books; Counselors; Creativity; Literature; Survey

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Pehrsson, D.E. & McMillen, P.S. (2010). A national survey of bibliotherapy preparation and practices of professional counselors. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 5(4), 412-425. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2010.527807

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