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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 23-26, 2015

YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly on Black Mountain outside of Asheville, NC:

Blue Ridge Reflections: Word-Paths for Growth and Healing

Visit our Conference page for more information and to register >



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.


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.

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