About NAPT

The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Inc. (NAPT) is an international and interdisciplinary nonprofit organization promoting growth and healing through written language, symbol and story. NAPT members have forged an energetic community of healers, educators and other helping professionals who value the applications of words and language.

NAPT includes members from a wide range of disciplines, and writers of all styles, including poets, journal keepers, storytellers and songwrit­ers. Our community includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family thera­pists, educators, librarians/information specialists, nurses, physicians, occupational and recreational therapists and clergy.

We work in many settings where people deal with personal, interpersonal and community chal­lenges. We are found in prisons, support groups, schools, inpatient and day-hospitals, Veterans’ Administration clinics, etc. We work with people of all ages, whether in crisis or searching for wider avenues of growth. We exist where literary art and healing intersect.

NAPT represents the language-oriented branch of expressive arts therapies.


Some important information for you to know:

(a) NAPT does not provide direct counseling or mental health services. If you are in need of counseling, please contact the following  resources:http://www.mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases/, www.aamft.org/, or http://www.naswdc.org/.

(b) NAPT does not accept any unsolicited submissions of poetry. When publications are planned, a call for submissions will be available on the website. Otherwise, submissions will not be acknowledged or returned.