National Association for Poetry Therapy
38th Annual Conference
April 26-29, 2018
Poetry Therapy in a Changing World:
Pathways to Growth, Healing, and Social Justice
Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, MN.
- Thursday Opening Event: Michael Dennis Browne, Distinguished Poet, Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota
- Friday Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., PTR, Dean and Professor Emeritus at the Florida State University College of Social Work
- Saturday Keynote Poet: Sierra DeMulder, Two-time National Poetry Slam champion and author
- Saturday Closing Event: Ovation, an Ensemble of One Voice Mixed Chorus, building community and creating social change by raising their voices in song
The Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center in Chaska, Minnesota, is a beautiful retreat center that has 130 acres of natural beauty surrounding Lake McKnight. Located just 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and the Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport, the property has everything needed for an idyllic retreat.
Proposal submissions that relate to our overall theme will be accepted after September 15th. The deadline for proposal submission is October 20th.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We welcome proposals reflecting work in a wide range of settings and with diverse populations and goals and that explore the use of writing, literature, and the arts to promote growth and healing through language, symbol, and story.
At our 2018 conference, we are introducing “Tracks” into the program. Please note that workshops do not need to fit neatly into one of these tracks; this is primarily a tool to help participants decide which workshops best fit their interests.
When filling out the Call for Proposal Form, please check which group of attendees would most benefit from attending your workshop, if any:
Clinical/Health Care Setting: for those interested in working in both mental health and medical professions
Educational Setting: for those interested in working in schools, universities, after-school programs, etc.
Social Justice: for those interested in working in community settings that address cultural diversity, gender identity, and social issues
Spirituality: for those interested in working in spiritual centers or pastoral care, or whose work has primarily a spiritual focus
Please fill out the Call for Proposal Form in its entirety and send it to Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once submitted, the Proposal Review Committee will review all proposals for content, relevance to the theme of the conference, organization, and clear presentation of workshop objectives. Each presenter’s qualifications and experience will also be taken into account. We will begin reviewing proposals after September 15th. The DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 20TH! Presenters will be notified of their acceptances by mid November. We look forward to receiving your proposals!
NAPT Scholarships for Conference Registration
To encourage newcomers to our conference, we are offering up to five scholarships of $200 each to first- time conference attendees. If you wish to apply, submit your name, e-mail, regular mailing address and major field of endeavor, along with a brief essay of no more than 500 words indicating your professional/educational links to poetry therapy and reasons for wishing to attend the NAPT conference. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2018. If you have already registered you may still apply, and if you are awarded the scholarship, you will be reimbursed that amount. Applicants will be notified before March 1 of their acceptance. Please send all application letters to Barbara Kreisberg, Conference Chair at email@example.com.
Another way to receive a conference registration discount is to volunteer at the Registration Table. Participants who choose to volunteer will not only be helping NAPT at the conference, but also receiving $15 per hour off of their registration up to $60. Please contact Barbara Kreisberg at firstname.lastname@example.org if you might be interested in volunteering.
Past NAPT Annual Conferences
Reaching New Heights: Following your Poetic Journey
Denver, CO April 6-9 2017
Converging in the Heartland: Poetic Expression for Healing Mind, Body and Soul
Kansas City, MO April 14-17 2016
Blue Ridge Reflections: Word-Paths for Growth and Healing
Asheville NC April 23-26 2015
Oasis in the Southwest: Reflection and Renewal through Expressive Writing and Poetry
Scottsdale AZ April 24-27 2014
Standing on the Shore: Glimpsing New Horizons
Chicago IL April 11-14 2013
Writing the Winds of Change
Chicago IL April 26-29 2012
Looking Forward, Looking Back, Coming Home: Celebrating Thirty Years of Promoting Growth and Wellness through Language, Symbol, and Story
Washington DC April 7-11 2010
Embracing Poetic Expression: Creative Pathways for Self, Community, and the World
Washington DC April 15-19 2009
Reaching Out/Reaching In: Expressive Writing for Healing, Growth, and Well-being
Minneapolis, MN April 2-6 2008
Growth & Healing through Language, Symbol and Story
Portland, OR April 17-22 2007
From Our Roots to the Present: Liberating Voices through Poetry Therapy
Boston, MA April 19-23 2006
Gateway to Wholeness: Poetry Therapy for the Individual, Family, and Community
St. Louis, MO 2005
The Intimate Word: Transforming Lives Through Poetry Therapy
Costa Mesa, CA 2004
Diving Into Language: A Multicultural Journey in Poetic Healing
Miami, FL 2003
Emerging Landscapes: Poetic Visions and Vistas
Denver, CO 2002