HEALING WORDS:

The Poetry Therapy Prescription

Keys to Opening The Door to Poetry Therapy

2 NYS Social Work CEUs

There is a creative form of therapy that is ancient and at the same time cutting edge. Called poetry therapy or bibliotherapy, its source is the written and spoken word. It was practiced in Biblical Times, in ancient Greece, Rome, and different parts of the world. It has re-surfaced, alive and well In the twenty-first century, and thrives in clinics, hospitals, recovery centers, prisons, and schools. Clinicians and helping professionals are invited to explore the history, theory, and practice of this powerful tool in one-to one and group therapy.

Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, is a Registered Poetry Therapist and Mentor, who breaks it all down in easy-to-understand terms with case studies to illustrate. Learn from "the youngest pioneer" who has honed her skills over the past four decades and won several national awards for her work as a visionary and educator. She is a past President of The National Association for Poetry Therapy and The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. Her book Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing is a primer in the field.

"I am, by trade, a dealer in words, and words are, of course the most powerful drug used by mankind."

--Rudyard Kipling

Course Excerpt

Sherry Reiter introduces the key principles of Poetry Therapy, a powerful transformational tool for healing.

Learning Objectives:


  1. Participants will be able to identify the three essential components in a poetry therapy session.
  2. Participants will be able to assess whether to apply expressive or prescriptive techniques in therapy.
  3. Participants will be able to describe how dreams and poetry use the same psychological mechanisms.
  4. Participants will be able to articulate three rules to avoid negative therapeutic reactions to literature.
  5. Participants will be able to select therapeutic literature based on the single most important factor.




NYS Social Workers - 2 Self-Study CEUs


Sherry Reiter, Phd, LCSW is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Workers as an approved provide for continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0528.



Course Curriculum

  Part I: INTRODUCTION
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  II. HISTORY OF POETRY THERAPY
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  III. Theory
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  IV. IMAGERY AND METAPHOR
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  V. DECISIONMAKING
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  VI. THE RULES-WARNING ALERT
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  VII. METHODS
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  VIII. THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF TRANSFORMATIVE WRITING
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  IX. THE POEMS
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  CEU STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE COURSE EVAL AND QUIZ TO ATTAIN CERTIFICATE
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