Promoting growth and healing through language, symbol, and story.




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What is Poetry Therapy

Poetry therapy is the use of language, symbol, and story in therapeutic, educational, growth, and community-building capacities. It relies upon the use of poems, stories, song lyrics, imagery, and metaphor to facilitate personal growth, healing, and greater self-awareness. Bibliotherapy, narrative, journal writing, metaphor, storytelling, and ritual are all within the realm of poetry therapy.         

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The National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT)

The National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT) is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary membership organization that supports and enhances the profession of poetry therapy. Its mission is to promote growth and healing through written and spoken language, symbolic expression, and story. Our national and international members come from a wide variety of disciplines. They include but are not limited to social workers, psychologists, educators, counselors, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, librarians, chaplains, holistic healers, coaches, creative writing specialists, and performance poets.

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HAPPENING NOW    _____

2023 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SAVE THE DATE!

Coming Together and Promoting Empowerment: Building Community Through Challenge and Change

Join us in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, March 29 - Sunday, April 2, 2023 for our annual conference as we gather to share, connect, explore, and write!

We are thrilled to have Bobby LeFebre as our Opening Poet, Naomi Shihab Nye as our Keynote Poet, Joy Roulier Sawyer as our Keynote Speaker, and Jovan Mays as our Closing Poet.  Click here to learn more.

"There is a place where you will find that you are not alone, that your story is not the only story. That we are all part of the same verse, the universe of words. That poetry heals and makes us whole. Come, we’ve been waiting for you."         

 - Richard Brown

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Membership in the National Association for Poetry Therapy is open
to anyone who shares our mission:
Promoting growth and healing
through language, symbol, and story.  Become a member.  

MEMBERSHIP
______

Membership in the National Association for Poetry Therapy is open
to anyone who shares our mission:
Promoting growth and healing
through language, symbol, and story.  Become a member.  


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