The Use of Poetry, Writing and Story:
Promoting Unity, Transition and Hope

41st Annual Conference - Virtual
April 27-May 1, 2022 

Wednesday, April  27 (all times are EST)      

4:30-5:30  pm   
Triple Workshop – First Session of Three  (Participants must commit to attending all three sessions)
Sherry Reiter, Ph.D, LCSW, PTR & Wendi R. Kaplan, LCSW, CPT  

5:45-7:45 pm    (Choose IA or IB)
Pre-Conference Session IA
Writing the Poem That's Too Hard to Write: A Dialogue for our Personal and Professional Journey  - Nick Mazza,  Ph.D, PTR                          

Pre-Conference Session IB
Returning to the Center:  Navigating Life Transitions Through Poetry
Elaine Brooks, MA, NC-BC, CAPF, CM   

8:00-10:00 pm (Choose IIA or IIB)
Pre-Conference Session IIA
The Way of Mindfulness:  Haiku to Eco-Poetry – Perie Longo, Ph.D, LMFT, PTR & Cynthia Holloway Kelvin. PsyD, RDT

Pre-Conference Session IIB
Poetry as a Bridge – Janet Zwick, MEd, JD & Craig Watson


Thursday, April 28 (all times are EST) 

4:30-5:30 pm   
Triple Workshop – Second Session of Three
Sherry Reiter, Ph.D, LCSW, PTR & Wendi R. Kaplan, LCSW, CPT  

5:45-7:45 pm (Choose IIIA or IIIB)

Pre-Conference Session IIIA
Communication Skill-Building for Personal and Communal Wellbeing – 
Geri Chavis, LP, PhD, CPT

Pre-Conference Session IIIB 
New Beginnings – 
Laura Santner, LCSW, PTR

8:00-8:30 pm
Presidential Welcome by Nick Mazza and Meet and Greet the NAPT Board & Regional Reps 

8:30-9:30 pm
Welcoming Mix and Mingle Happy Hour
Barbara Kreisberg, MS, CPT


Friday, April 29 (all times are EST)  

4:00-6:00 pm (Choose IVA or IVB)

Pre-Conference Session IVA
Journal Therapy for Calming Anxiety– 
Kathleen Adams, LPC, PTR

Pre-Conference Session IVB
Poetry Therapy of Addiction:  From Futility to Hope
Eric Kreuter, Ph.D

7:00-8:00 pm 
Keynote Speaker –  
Needed Words and the Circle of Hope:  40 Years with Poetry Therapy 
Alma Maria Rolfs, LCSW, PTR

8:30-9:30 pm
Chicken Soup for the Soul:  I’m Speaking Now, Black Women Speak Their Truth featuring Quantrilla Ard, Zorina Exie-Frey & Rebecca Olayinka


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Saturday, April 30 (all times are EST)   

9:00-10:30 am (Choose 1A or 1B)

Workshop 1A
Practice What You Preach! Poetic Approaches to Professional Self-Care
Barbara Bethea, LCAT, CASAC, PTR

Workshop 1B
Learned Optimism:  Cultivating Hope in Action Through Journaling, Story and Poetry
Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW, PTR, CJT, CM

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
KEYNOTE POET – The Agency of Poetry
Richard Blanco

12:30-1:15 pm
NFPBF Credentialing Information Workshop:  Your Life Could be Poetry 
Alison Johnson & Amjana Deshpande

1:15-2:15 pm
Certification Awards Ceremony
Alison Johnson, Deshpande and Nancy Nancy Scherlong

2:30-4:00 pm (Choose 2A or 2B)
Workshop 2A
Writing While Black, Writing While White:  Where Survival and Sanity Meet
Michael Carter, LICSW, MFA & Sage Chioma, Masters in Public Health

Workshop 2B
Pongo Poetry:  “Taking Dictation” to Facilitate Healing Poetry after Trauma
Richard Gold, MA

4:30-6:00 pm (Choose 3A or 3B)

Workshop 3A
Poetry as Mental Health
Victor Rodgers (Slangston Hughes), Keyna Flight & Anisah Gonzalez

Workshop 3B
Storiez:  Trauma Narratives with Urban Youth
Meagan Corrado, DSW, LCSW

7:00 -8:30 pm
Open Mic Poetry Reading, Anthology Sign Up & and Virtual Happy Hour

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Sunday, May 1st  (all times are EST)  

9:00-10:30 am  (Choose 4A or 4B)
Workshop 4A
Bringing us Together:  Connecting Through the Creation and Sharing of Group Poetry
Phillip Jeffrey Tietbohl, Ph.D

Workshop 4B
Ambiguous Parables:  Prose and Poetry for Use in Supportive Care
Ted Bowman, M.Div

11:00-12:30 am  (Choose 5A or 5B)

Workshop 5A
Living and Writing on the Vertical Axis: Finding Poetic Truth at Moments of Rupture
Diane Allerdyce, Ph.D., CAPF & Rob Merritt, Ph.D.

Workshop 5B Sharing our Light, Sharing our Struggle:  How to Start and Sustain Support Groups for Trauma Survivors
Kiesa Kay, BSJ, MA

12:30-1:30 pm
Virtual Lunch and Special Awards Presentation

1:30-3:00 pm
Triple Workshop (Third and Final Session)
Sherry Reiter, Ph.D, LCSW, PTR & Wendi R. Kaplan, LCSW, CPT  

2:00-3:30 pm (Choose 6A or 6B)
Workshop 6A
Expressing the Inexpressible:  Poetry as a Tool for Helping the Bereaved
Mike Bernhardt

Workshop 6B
Finding Your Comfort:  Self-Soothing for Hope and Oneness
Zachary Katz, LMHC

4:00-4:15 pm
President’s Closing
Nick Mazza

4:15- 5:30 pm
Celebratory Closing Event:  Poetry in Motion – Dancercise/Funcersise
Catherine R. Connor

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