Credentialing.

The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy (IFB/PT) is the independent credentialing authority for the profession of poetry therapy. The Federation was established in 1980 for the purpose of ensuring Ethics, Standards and Uniform Training Requirements in the field of Biblio/Poetry Therapy. For information on the specific requirements and application procedure for clinicians and non-clinical facilitators, consult the following website: http://www.ifbpt.org

Please note that the Federation is a completely separate entity from the National Association for Poetry Therapy, which is the membership organization for the poetry/bibliotherapy/expressive writing field.

Click here to see a current list of the IFB/PT mentor/supervisors.


“I did my credentialing under the supervision of Dr. Sherry Reiter, and finished in almost exactly two years. I particularly appreciated the retreat and peer groups, where there was ample opportunity to write together and share insights, and form lasting bonds. I founded Story Remedy near the tale-end of certification, and am very grateful for the encouragement I received from Sherry and my cohort members. Pursuit of certification was a meaningful and opening experience, and I regularly draw on what I learned both personally and professionally. It reaffirmed my sense that bibliotherapy was the right calling for me.”  – Rachel Amaru, MA, CAPF

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"NAPT" The National Association for Poetry Therapy

is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization 

PO Box 98259
DesMoines, WA 98198

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