Wednesday, April 10 (all times are EST)      

12:15-12:30 pm Registration/Check-In for Pre-Conference I only

12:30-6:00 pm   Pre-Conference I Day Trip – Geri Chavis, M.A., LP, PhD, CPT, CM and Barbara Kreisberg, MS, CPT National Portrait Gallery USA/Smithsonian American Art Museum and bus tour of historic sites in the Washington DC area

6:00 pm   Dinner – Hotel restaurant or dinner on your own

Thursday, April 11    

8:00-9:00 am   Breakfast

9:00-9:30 am   Registration for Pre-Conference II & III only

9:00 am-4:00 pm   NAPT Board Meeting

9:30 am-12:00 Noon   Pre-Conference II – Peggy Heller: Strangers in a Strange Land: Finding Home with Poetry Therapy

12:00 Noon-1:00 pm   Lunch on your own (Restaurant)

1:00-4:00 pm   Pre-Conference III – Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, PTR-M/S: Life Lessons from Mermaids, Monsters, and Immortals

3:45-5:15 pm   Registration Set-up

4:30-5:45 pm   Attendee Folder Set-up

4:15-5:45 pm   Documentary Film – Cheryl Buchanan, Executive Director Writers Without Margins with Karen “Ren” vanMeenen, Ph.D., MA, CAPF : In Their Shoes: Unheard Stories of Re-entry & Recovery

5:30-6:00 pm   Registration

6:00-7:00 pm   Dinner – Hotel restaurant or dinner on your own

7:00-7:30 pm   Registration

7:30-7:45 pm   Meet the NAPT Board

7:45-8:30 pm   Welcome and Mix and Mingle: Catherine Tanguis, MA, NBCT, CAPF & Barbara Kreisberg, MS, CPT

8:45-9:45 pm   Opening Event: Zorina Exie Frey, MFA, with Patti (Spady) Ross, MS, & Kari Martindale, MA: EC Poetry & Prose: Peace – Poetry – Truth

Friday, April 12

7:00-8:00 am  Morning Triple Workshop: Experience a Poetry Therapy Group (First Session – 2 Groups).        Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S & Elaine Brooks, RN-BC, MA, PTR, M/S

7:45-8:45 am  Registration

8:00-8:45 am  Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am   Welcome & Overview – Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., PTR, NAPT President

9:15-10:00 am   Keynote Speaker – Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S: There is No Number Smaller Than Two: Building and Sustaining Intentional and Inclusive Communities through Poetry, Writing, and Action

10:30-12:00 noon   Workshop Series A

A1 “Let’s WOW” – Write Our Words: A Revolutionary Approach for Normative and Neurodiverse Children and Teens – Channah Magori, BOT, MA, MFA, OTR, CAPF

A2 Individuation: Poetry as a Path to Enlightenment– Jon Sayers

A3 Advice-Poetry' and Trauma Healing: Therapeutic Use of Somali Indigenous Oral Verses in the Context of Protracted Exile – Ana Ljubinkovic, Ph.D.

A4 Poetry at Work: A Modest Proposal for Organizational Intervention– Julie Benesh, PhD &  Jasmine Green,PhD

A5 Sleep and Poetry Therapy – Alison Johnson, RN, MBA, DNP, PTR

12:00-1:00 pm   Luncheon

1:00-1:45 pm   Certification & Awards Event – International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy

2:00-2:45 pm   IFPBF Credentialing Information Workshop: Your Life Could Be Poetry – Alison Johnson, DNP, PTR, IFBPT Credentials Chair and Harriet Kohen, LICSW, CPT, IFBPT Secretary

2:00-2:45 pm  Regional Representative Meet & Greet: Cynthia Holloway Kelvin, Psy.D., RDT, NAPT Public Relations & Social Media Chair and NAPT Board Member-at-Large Jenna Robinson, LMFT

3:00-4:30 pm   Workshop Series B

B1 Poetry, Place, and Loss: A Writing Workshop – Danielle Beazer Dubrasky, MA Ph.D.

B2 The Healing Power of Poetry Exchange While Incarcerated: Disrupting the Isolating Geography of Mass Incarceration by Meeting On the Same Page – Julia Mascioli, MFA, Deputy Director, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, Antoine Coleman, Poetry Ambassador, & Sofia Dean, Program Assistant

B3 These Black Kids: Culturally Responsive Poetry and The Lived  Experience of African American Adolescent Girls – Jennifer Nicole Bacon, Ph.D.

B4 Poetic [In]sights: Utilizing the Creative Arts Therapies for LGBTQ+ People –Mari Alschuler, Ph.D., LISW-S, PTR-CM, MPTP & Deborah Eve Grayson, Ph.D., LMHC, PTR

B5 Personal Poetry as Catalyst for Positive Change: Embracing Your Advocate Identity Through Poetry, Symbol, and Story – Cynthia Holloway Kelvin, PsyD, RDT/BCT, CPT

4:30-6:00 pm  Mentor/Supervisor Round Table Discussion

6:00-7:45 pm  Dinner – Hotel restaurant or dinner on your own

8:00-9:30 pm  Open Mic Poetry: Sign-Up & Reading                                                                                                      Emceed by Jenna Robinson, LMFT

Saturday, April 13


7:00-8:00 am   Morning Triple Workshop: Experience a Poetry Therapy Group (Second Session – 2 Groups) Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S & Elaine Brooks, RN-BC, MA, PTR, M/S

7:30-8:30 am   Registration

8:00-9:00 am   Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am   Workshop Series C

C1 That’s Ridiculous! The Value of Integrating Joy, Play, and Silliness into Therapeutic Uses of Poetry – Jenna Robinson, MA, LMFT & Ashley S. Schaaf, MA, APCC

C2 Şəfalı Şeir - A Fulbright Project Exploring The Healing Poetry of Azerbaijan – Elnur “El” Gajiev, PsyD

C3 The Symbol of Circles – Laura Santner, LCSW, PTR-CM

C4 Contributing to the Professional Literature: A Place to Write. Always the Write Time – Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., PTR

C5 Playful Poetry: Combining Expressive Writing and Play Therapy for Children with Trauma –                  Jennifer Taylor, LCSW-C, RPT-S

10:40-10:55 am   Honorary Awards Presentation

11:00 am-12:00 pm  Keynote Poet – Cornelius Eady

12:15 - 1:15 pm   Luncheon

1:30 -2:45 pm   Collaborative Bibliotherapeutic Resilience Research –Stanley Nile, PhD, & Steffani Fletcher, MEd

3:00-4:30 pm Workshop Series D

D1 Exploring Racism Through the Lens of Poetry – Diane Kaufman, MD & Melissa Chen, Fourth Year Medical Student

D2 Building Bridges Into the Fog: The Steadying Power of Poetry Therapy                                                              – Wendi R. Kaplan, LCSW, CPT-M/S & Lauren Mazow Boyle, Ph.D.

D3 Harmonizing Words and Body: A Somatic Poetry Journey – Paul White, Ph.D., LMFT

D4 Extended Metaphor as New Pathway – Michele Parker Randall, MA, MFA

D5 Healing Community: Poetry as a Force for Collective Transformation & Wellness – Purvi Shah, MA, Sunu P. Chandy, MFA, Poet and Civil Rights Attorney, Vidhu Aggarwal, Ph.D.

5:00-5:15 pm   Closing Remarks – Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., PTR, NAPT President

5:15-6:00 pm   Closing Event – Jody Wager, MS, BC-DMT: The Dance of Belonging: A Movement Closing

6:00 pm. Dinner on your own


Sunday, April 14                                                                                                                                                               

8:00-9:00 am  Breakfast  

9:00-11:30 am                                                                                                                                                                  

TRIPLE WORKSHOP: Experience a Poetry Therapy Group Third Session (participants will be divided into two small groups) – Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, M/S & Elaine Brooks, RN-BC, MA, PTR, M/S 

12:00-1:00 pm   Lunch on your own                                        


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