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Child and Family Bibliotherapy Scheme

Books to Help Children and Families

The Bibliotherapy Scheme is a self-help intervention. It works best when a good connection is made with the parent/carer giving consideration to the challenges facing the family. 

The Scheme is seen as an early intervention for giving  information and advice to improve emotional health.

Bibliotherapy is defined as: “The guided use of reading, access to self-help materials with a therapeutic outcome in mind through an increase in knowledge and understanding."

The books include information on:

  • Anger
  • Behaviours
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Confidence
  • Development
  • Divorce
  • Eating problems
  • New Parents
  • Potty Training
  • Sadness
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Sleep
  • Step-families
  • Teenagers
  • Worries and Fears

Ways to use the scheme

1) Prescribe  a book for parents to borrow from Powys Public Libraries

2) Guided reading with families, using specific text to bring about understanding

3) Gain knowledge from the books to aid with your professional development

4) Display the resources to promote Mental Health and well being

For information or advice to work with the Bibliotherapy Scheme contact:

The Bibliotherapy Coordinator, Sian Lee


Telephone: 01686 617459

Address: CAMHS, Ynys-Y-Plant, Plantation Lane, Newtown, Powys SY16 IJH  

Locations of Sets of Books  

Powys Public Libraries

Powys GP Medical Centres/ Practices 

Powys Health Visitor bases

Healthy Living Centre Ystradgynlais  

Ynys-Y-Plant, Newtown

Hill View House Bronllys Hospital

Psychology Unit, Hillfe House, Bronllys Hospital

Jack and Jill Children’s Centre Brecon War Memorial Hospital

Powys Midwifery Lead Birthing Centres

The Old College, Newtown

County Hall Llandrindod

Neuadd Brycheiniog

Powys High Schools, Primary Schools with Special Needs Units Attached

Special Schools

Flying Start Settings 

Powys Children Services Offices and Bases

Tros Gynnal Antur Gwy, Builth Wells

Action for Children Offices & Bases 

Barnardos Office & Bases

Resolve Cymru Main Centre, Llandrindod