Proceedings of The 15th International Conference on Humanities, Psychology and Social Sciences
Online Bibliotherapy to Help Manage Stress and Anxiety of Students during Pandemic: Librarians and Guidance Counselors Collaboration Practical Review
Wiwik Suprafti and Angelica Dizon Amio
This paper analyzes bibliotherapy in practical review with librarians and school guidance counselors’ collaboration during pandemic to release stress and anxiety of students. During the pandemic, students faced many difficulties which caused stress particularly due to the change of offline to online learning program. Bibliotherapy explores the richness of literature as a medium to manage and solve the problems of students with the help from school guidance counselors and librarians. The program is designed for middle and high school students and was initiated by librarians in collaboration with school guidance counselors. A qualitative approach was used to elaborate the result of this research. Incorporating evidence from practical reviews, interviews, and student’s program journals, this study demonstrates that bibliotherapy is an effective way to help release and cope stress and anxiety for students during pandemic. Bibliotherapy helps students develop coping skills also felt relaxed and free on how to express their thoughts and concerns and was able to solve the issue without being pressured. The role of librarians is to provide literature database and its selection based on the concern. Librarians are also possible to be the facilitators or bibliotherapist and responsible to be the program advisor. Bibliotherapy uses read-aloud, reading together and mind mapping method which made the session become delightful and relaxing. The counselors which consisted of school guidance counselors and librarians were practically helpful and meticulous in guiding students to find and solve the issue in online bibliotherapy implementation.
keywords: Bibliotherapy, library, librarian, counselling, stress-coping, mental health, covid-19 pandemic