How to Recommend a Book: A Guide for Mental Health Clinicians
(An edited version of this article was published as Connecting Mental Health Clients with Books in Employee Assistance Report, v. 21 No. 9, Sept. 2018.)
3 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2018
Date Written: October 18, 2018
You have at least one shelf of books in your office, don’t you? And you are forever referring clients to books like An Unquiet Mind or When Panic Attacks or Daring Greatly, aren’t you? You expect the book to inform your client about interpersonal skills, relationships, or mental health issues. You hope it will validate your client’s experiences and help him or her understand other people’s circumstances. Maybe it will add a dimension to your future sessions together or else serve as a take-away when the client’s allotted sessions are ending. If you can introduce the book in a way that is really interesting to your client, all of these hopes and expectations are more likely to come true. Here are three methods for delivering tantalizing book recommendations: 1. Introduce the reader to a friend in the book. 2. Build up the story. 3. Go ahead and tell the ending.
Keywords: bibliotherapy, mental health, therapy, employee assistance, behavioral health, social work, psychology
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