Books can be an important tool for improving mental health and well-being. Exeter offers free opportunities to learn book therapy skills as part of the Exeter City of Literature initiative.
Exeter College’s adult evening courses are aimed at people working in community-focused organisations. The application deadline is noon on Friday, January 13th.
The Introduction to Vibriotherapy Skills is the first course of its kind in Japan. The aim is to equip trainees with reading therapy skills to support people in their workplaces and communities. These people can benefit from individualized book prescriptions and conversations about reading, which can improve their overall health.
Reading therapy is a therapeutic approach that uses literature to help people better understand and deal with the world around them. Studies show that reading increases personal confidence, reduces social isolation, improves concentration, and increases self-awareness. One study found that reading was a more effective way to reduce stress than drinking tea, walking the dog, or listening to music.
The course divides counseling skills and book skills evenly. Trainees will learn basic counseling skills such as active listening, identifying their own reading habits, the emotional benefits of analyzing their reading journey, and the science behind reading therapy as a tool that can improve mental health and well-being. and study knowledge.
Trainees are expected to expand their reading horizons, step outside their comfort zones, and read from a wide range of perspectives and issues.
Ultimately, the course will have a positive impact on the well-being and engagement in reading of adults in Exeter and Devon, especially those who would benefit most from free support using the trainees’ reading therapy skills. I aim to give
To learn more or apply for a course, visit the Exeter City of Literature website https://www.exetercityofliterature.com/current-projects/bibliotherapy-skills-course