Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 149–156 | Cite as

The Wizard of Oz in the Land of the Id: A Bibliotherapy Approach

  • Sherry Reiter


This essay provides a perspective on the use of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a bibliotherapeutic tool in group therapy. An example of theme extraction in a session is provided. Philosophical and theoretical issues are briefly considered.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherry Reiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, z]NYUSA

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