Can you ride a bike? Mindful and alert story processing as a new assessment procedure for bibliotherapists

Inbar Sofri, Yair Ziv

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Bibliotherapy is a unique therapeutic method which relies on different reading and writing processes. A crucial part of this therapeutic method is the focus on the process of identification-echoing-insight that occurs while reading or listening to a story; the readers identify with a character in the story, relate the events in the story to their personal lives, and finally, examine the story from a broader perspective to gain a new insight. While there are diverse and creative techniques for bibliotherapeutic work, there are no assessment procedures to examine this process, especially in younger ages. Accordingly, the current article presents a novel assessment procedure that aims to evaluate this process in young children: Mindful and Alert Story Processing (MASP). The article presents and describes MASP and explores different directions for therapeutic work with this procedure based on three case examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-104
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Poetry Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2024

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Bibliotherapy
  • assessment
  • early development
  • storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology


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