HEALING WORDS:

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. It was practiced in Biblical Times, in ancient Greece, Rome, and different parts of the world. re-surfaced, alive and well in the last 50 years. And this may very well be the most comprehensive self-study course available today.

Dr. Sherry Reiter, a Registered Poetry Therapist and Mentor, breaks it all down in easy-to-understand terms with case studies to illustrate. Poetry therapy (a term inclusive of bibliotherapy, journal therapy, and story medicine) is a science as well as an art. 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.



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

--Rudyard Kipling


To find out more, please watch the video below.

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 recognize the significance of metaphor and imagery in their clients' emotional experience.
  3. Participants will be able to recognize at least three different models of poetry therapy.
  4. Participants will be able to cite three rules to avoid negative therapeutic reactions to literature.
  5. Participants will be able to articulate at least four attributes of Transformative Writing.
  6. 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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