Bibliotherapy Book Courses

So what is Bibliotherapy?

(Also referred to as biblioguidance, bibliocounseling, literatherapy, reading therapy, etc.)

Put simply, it’s the use of reading materials in a therapeutic context.

Earn CEC credits for books you would be reading anyway!

 

Our bibliotherapy courses help you explore ways to introduce this dynamic clinical approach to your current practice. Below you will find some of the most recommended books to help address common concerns faced in your office, and help you better understand and support your clients.

(Please Note: The books are NOT included in the bibliotherapy course fee and will need to be purchased and read separately in order to successfully complete each course)

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "The Penis Book: A Doctor’s Complete Guide to the Penis - From Size to Function and Everything in Between" by Aaron Spitz

Summary: An informative, humorous, and easy read, The Penis Book provides important and detailed information for clinicians seeking a better understanding of sexual function and dysfunction and treatment options available to clients. It is also recommended to clients wishing to better understand the problems they may be having with their penis. 

*This book would compliment Westlands upcoming course “Penis Problems: Working with Erectile Dysfunction, Delayed Ejaculation and Premature Ejaculation”  launching in June 2022

Pre-Approved for 10 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "When Someone You Love is Kinky " by Dossie Easton & Catherine Liszt

Summary: Striving to normalize, educate, and empower beginners and outsiders to basic BDSM/kink culture and practices, Easton and Liszt break down the myth of “normal” sex, explaining less mainstream sexual activities, and guide the reader to understand their own reactions and responses. This book serves as a tool for learning effective skills that are necessary for understanding and communicating with those who are sharing their fantasies and desires.

*This book would compliment Westlands course “BDSM: Working with Kinky Clients” 

Pre-Approved for 5 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "Leading and Supportive Love: The Truth About Dominant and Submissive Relationships" by Chris M. Lyon


Summary: A non-judgmental perspective on “Dominant” and “Submissive” or “D/s” relationships based on the author’s professional experience of working with clients, personal experience of being in a D/s relationship, as well as research-based and anecdotal evidence. Choosing the terms “Leading” and “Supportive” (L/S) over “Dominant” and “Submissive” (D/s), Lyon dispels misconceptions, provides tips for maintaining L/S relationships, and helps normalize an increasingly common and often misunderstood type of relationship.

*This book would compliment Westlands course “BDSM: Working with Kinky Clients”

Pre-Approved for 6.5 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "Restoring the Pelvic Floor for Women" by Amanda Olson


Summary: As a Doctor of Physical Therapy specializing in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, Olson uses case studies to illustrate the complex nature of pelvic floor dysfunction, and offers practical exercises that can be tried at home. Using humour, she successfully normalizes many of the embarrassing and uncomfortable experiences women may have when confronted with pelvic floor dysfunction, and provides valuable insight and resources for clients and practitioners alike. 
 

*This book would compliment Westlands course “Painful Sex: Working with Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder (GPPD)”

Pre-Approved for 5 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "Playing Well with Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating that Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities" by Lee Harrington & Mollena Williams

 

Summary: Playing Well With Others is an unprecedented and essential guidebook for practitioners and clients who want to explore or understand the “community” aspect of the kink lifestyle. With 30-plus years of experience in diverse kink communities (top, bottom and switch; gay, bi and straight; female, male and trans; white and POC), Harrington and Williams explain kink *culture* including where it turns from a bedroom predilection to a lifestyle and a community.

*This book would compliment Westlands course “BDSM: Working with Kinky Clients”

Pre-Approved for 10.5 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "Better Sex through Mindfulness: How Women can Cultivate Desire" by Dr. Lori A. Brotto

  

Summary: Using case studies, research, practical exercises and her wealth of knowledge and experience, sex researcher and clinical psychologist Dr. Brotto endorses and encourages the practice of mindfulness as a treatment approach for a variety of sexual health concerns, focusing on low libido and concerns specific to women or a female experience.. Dr. Brotto conveys how comprehensive education can serve to mitigate the development of sexual concerns and how paying attention to bodies in a kind, compassionate, and non-judgmental way is important for all ages, genders and sexual orientations.

*This book would compliment Westlands course “Painful Sex: Working with Genito-Pelvic Pain/Penetration Disorder (GPPD)” 

Pre-Approved for 9 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

 

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "The New Bottoming Book" by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton

 

Summary: The New Bottoming Book serves as a guide for anyone who wishes to begin exploring BDSM, especially the role of bottoming. Intending to normalize sex and kink, the authors shed light on different aspects of bottoming, ranging from skills, scenes, and roles, along with consent, negotiation, and spirituality. The authors playfully deliver the content but also in a clear and intentional manner, and include a list of resources for beginners to explore further. The authors write from a perspective of understanding the hesitance, fear, and enthusiasm of readers who are new to kink and approach all topics with noticeable caution. They attempt to normalize the diverse preferences when it comes to BDSM, and they encourage everyone to be confident in their kinks. They further highlight the real-life traumatic experiences that can often come up during play and urge the readers to seek professional help when needed.

*This book would compliment Westlands course “BDSM: Working with Kinky Clients” 

Pre-Approved for 6 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

 

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "The New Topping Book" by Janet W. Hardy and Dossie Easton

 

Summary: An appropriate partner to The New Bottoming Book, The New Topping Book provides guidance to anyone who wishes to explore topping. It covers a variety of topics, such as communication, necessary skills, the use of toys, negotiation, consent, and spirituality. The authors paint a realistic picture of BDSM (with examples of real-life BDSM scenes), providing caution of the possible unsafe situations that may appear, and warn against dangerous tops and bottoms. This is covered explicitly under topics like the ethics of BDSM, racial differences, and stereotypes. 

*This book would compliment Westlands course “BDSM: Working with Kinky Clients” 

Pre-Approved for 7.5 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

 

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

Introduction to Bibliotherapy in Clinical Practice for "Coping With Erectile Dysfunction" by Michael E. Metz and Barry W. McCarthy

 

Summary: Coping with Erectile Dysfunction is a practical, scientifically valid guide to understanding erectile dysfunction (ED). Metz and McCarthy work to debunk myths, explore biological roots, interpersonal components, a variety of contributing factors, troubleshooting, treatment, and tips for a healthier lifestyle and relationships. The precise language, opportunities for self-assessment, and the clear breakdown of all areas of ED make it impossible to leave without helpful ideas and tools for immediate use. 

*This book would compliment Westlands upcoming course “Penis Problems: Working with Erectile Dysfunction, Delayed Ejaculation and Premature Ejaculation”  launching in June 2022

Pre-Approved for 6 CECs (Continuing Education Credits) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)

Please purchase and read this book before commencing the course.

You will have access to training materials for six (6) months from your registration date.

 

Terms and Conditions for Introduction to Bibliotherapy Courses

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this course take to do?

Each course takes a different amount of time depending on the length of the book. Please see individual course descriptions for estimated time to complete. However, it may take you longer depending on a few factors such as:

  • How fast you read
  • How many notes you like to take
  • And pre-existing knowledge of the subject matter
How many Continuing Education Credit (CECs) is this course eligible for and with what associations?

Our bibliotherapy course are awaiting approval from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).  We anticipate this course would be eligible to receive CECs from this and other associations but cannot guarantee this.  Please check with your specific accrediting organizations to determine CEC eligibility prior to taking this program if CECs are a determining factor for your registration.

Do these bibliotherapy courses include the book?

No. You will need to purchase the book separately prior to completing the course.

Will I get a certificate at the end?
Yes. Upon successful completion of a quiz (a score of 80% or higher) to show completion and comprehension, you will get a digital certificate of achievement for your records.
How long do I have access to the program?
You will have access to the program and resources for six (6) months from the day you register.
How is each course different?

 The bibliotherapy program is the same for each course.  The only difference is the overview and comprehension quiz for your chosen book.

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