Helpful Resources from the Library for Children

Recently, I took a trip to the library. My goal was to find new resources that could be added to my bibliotherapy tool box. What is bibliotherapy?

Bibliotherapy is the use of books to help people relate to what they are experiencing. Through stories and metaphors, it can help children take a big feeling or experience, and understand it in a simple, easy way. And sometimes, words just don’t do it. Sometimes, as adults we don’t even know what to say. So sitting down and reading a story can open the conversation and allow us to find each other, within the issue, so we can talk.

The Reston & District Library offered a huge selection of helpful books for children. Hopefully, your library has a wonderful selection too!

The Don’t Worry Book by Todd Parr
What Makes Us Unique – Our First Talk About Diversity by Dr. Jillian Roberts
So Shy by Vicki Morrison
I Am Enough by Grace Byers
Sad Isn’t Bad – A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss by Michaelene Mundy
I Don’t Like The Dark by Ann de Bode and Rien Broere
What Happens When A Loved One Dies? Our First Talk About Death by Dr. Jillian Roberts
The Dark by Lemony Snicket
Dear Girl, A Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You! by Amy Krouse Rosenthall and Paris Rosenthal
How Full Is Your Bucket?
I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

Individual Art Therapy

Individual Art Therapy sessions are 50 minutes.  All sessions are based on the individual needs and goals of the client, whether child, adolescent or adult.  There is no need for artistic talent.  The goal of Art Therapy is to create an expression (the release of emotion) using art materials.  Being able to step back from the emotional charge of a situation allows us to observe the issue from an observers stance, instead of being in the issue directly.  It allows for contemplation in a non shaming way that offers safe reparation of the issue.

Individual sessions are an excellent way to explore the self, work on emotional regulation and create an overall sense of well being.  It may be suggested that individual sessions be in addition to group sessions.

Creative Mandala – Working with Children

Journaling Monsters
Journaling Monsters

Open Studio Ages 7-12

What is Open Studio?

Open Studio is an Art Therapy environment where participants are able to come together in a community setting and simply be creative!  The Art Therapist works as a third hand, assisting participants in the creation and execution of artistic expressions in a successful way.  While some may request technique assistance, the idea of Open Studio is to come and create!

Time:  3:45 – 5:20pm
Days:  2nd and 4th Thursdays, October – May
Price:  $40
Programming and space provided by Pipestone-Albert Recreation Department and Pipestone Art Therapy.
Contact:  Tara Cowan @ PA Rec 204-851-1280