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About the National Association for Poetry Therapy

For the past 30 years, NAPT members have forged a community of healers and lovers of words and language. We are psychotherapists, counselors, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists. We are poets, journal keepers, storytellers, and songwriters. We are teachers, librarians, adult educators, and university professors. We are doctors, nurses, occupational/ recreational therapists; ministers, pastoral counselors, and spiritual directors. We are artists, dancers, dramatists, musicians, and writers.

We work in many settings where people deal with personal and communal pain and the search for growth. As Poetry Therapists and Applied Poetry Facilitators, we use all forms of literature and the language arts, and we are united by our love of words, and our passion for enhancing the lives of others and ourselves.

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National Association for Poetry Therapy
Annual Conference
April 14-17, 2016

Join NAPT at Unity Village for next year’s annual conference and enjoy
this beautiful 1,200-acre peaceful and natural environment.

The scenic campus is located at 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, Missouri, 15 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This Mediterranean-style campus offers a quiet refuge and nurturing activities for body, mind, and spirit.

We are now accepting proposals for the upcoming conference in April 2016. Please visit our Conference Page to download a Call for Proposals Form to submit your proposal for consideration.

To find out more info about the conference, check our Conference Page periodically and/or Contact Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at



NAPT Offers Regional Gatherings Grants

The grants will help current NAPT members defer costs associated with hosting regional meetings and conferences. This support is both monetary and in the form of promotion of events to the general membership. These grants are available for travel costs and speaking fees of presenters, room rentals, print materials, publicity, and refreshments. Please download more information for details.



Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg delivered the keynote address Poetry, Miracles, and the Path to the Beloved Community: A Talk in Six Parts at the 2015 NAPT Annual Conference. The talk explored the power of poetry to help us make our own path, join with others on the path to make and keep what Martin Luther King, Jr. called "the beloved community," and explore the mythic, healing, ecological, spiritual, and communal dimensions of living that path. For a full transcript of Caryn's talk, please click here:


ABRACADABRA: The Magic of Poetic Healing

Enjoy this presentation by Dr. Sherry Reiter, PTR-M/S, Director of The Creative Righting Center, keynote speaker at the 2014 NAPT Conference:


Where and How is Poetry Therapy Used?
Could you or the population that you serve benefit from the healing power of words? Poetry therapy is one of the Expressive Arts Therapies, which include art, music, drama, psychodrama and dance therapy. We would like to extend to you the services of NAPT's trained Poetry Therapists and Applied Poetry Facilitators. Please download our Integrative Medicine Packet (PDF), which details how poetry therapy is used with various populations.

A Message to Our Members

We are committed to providing you the service you deserve as a member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT). We appreciate you and want to encourage you to communicate with us! Please contact our Administrator via e-mail at

Thank you for being a member of NAPT. We look forward to serving you this membership year.

Has your contact information changed? If so, please send all changes of address, phone, e-mail, etc., to our Administrator at



The National Association for Poetry Therapy is now a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are an organization that works to use writing as a tool for healing and growth. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. Click the donate button below to contribute to our cause.

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