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Developmental Bibliotherapy: What is it and why do our students need it?

  • 12 Oct 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
  • 11


  • For participants who are not current financial members of SLANSW

    * Price includes GST
  • SLANSW members can attend this online meet-up for free

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Developmental Bibliotherapy: What is it and why do our students need it?

In this session Judith will briefly introduce participants to four significant ways in which reading fiction can improve the wellbeing of young people and how the process of Developmental Bibliotherapy can make this happen. Judith will also use this session to explain what Developmental Bibliotherapy looks like in the classroom and demonstrate how easily Developmental Bibliotherapy can be incorporated into existing library programs.

But more importantly, in this session Judith anticipates that many Teacher Librarians present will recognise Developmental Bibliotherapy as something that is already taking place in their school library programs, and that they will leave the session empowered with the latest research to support their promotion of continued and expanded reading programs in their school curriculum. 

About Judith Wakeman 

Judith’s research into the positive correlation between reading fiction and the wellbeing of young adults began with a chance conversation in mid 2018. Since then she has read thousands of pages of research and consolidated and shared her findings on her blog at, contributed to the Humanities on the Brink symposium hosted by Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and UCSA (available on YouTube), and submitted a chapter for inclusion in an upcoming publication entitled Literature for Change. Before becoming a teacher librarian, Judith was a teacher of mathematics and information technology in secondary and tertiary settings. She has studied across all areas of the natural sciences, including meteorology and climatology, and has an ongoing interest in psychology and philosophy. She is also an avid reader of young adult literature and Cli-Fi.

Suggested Pre-Reading

Judith has generously prepared an article for SLANSW, in preparation for this Online Meet-Up. Please take a few minutes to read, prior to the session: 

Cli-Fi EEV for SLANSW Reframing young peoples responses to climate change.pdf

Suggested Standards addressed by this Online Meet-up

1.1.2 Use teaching strategies based on knowledge of students’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics to improve student learning.

1.2.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

6.4.2 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.

About SLANSW Online Meet-Ups

The one-hour meet-ups take place in SLANSW's Zoom Conference Room and include a presentation from a guest speaker, with facilitated discussion between participants. We aim to include Q&A time as a wrap-up of each online meetup.

A maximum of 100 places are available for each meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.

Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members.  Non-members may access the meet-ups for $35 per session.

The one-hour meet-up takes place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room. 

Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event, with details to access this online session.

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