‘Words That Heal’ is a group reading program promoting positive wellbeing developed by Susan McLaine, a leading advocate of bibliotherapy in collaboration with a physiologist, social worker and a general practitioner.
This creative bibliotherapy program involves literary texts (fiction, inspirational stories, poetry) being read aloud in a group by a trained facilitator, followed by discussion around meaning creation. Creative bibliotherapy aims to enrich life quality and life spirit.
Words That Heal is based on many years of contemporary application of bibliotherapy using imaginative literature and data collected from facilitators and service users. It is underpinned by research from the fields of neuroscience, reader response, storytelling, positive psychology and the psychology of fiction. The emphasis is on improving wellbeing through building positivity and empathy.
Susan is in the final stages of a PhD on the subject.
Words That Heal is an initiative of Bibliotherapy Australia.