There is currently no complete Poetry Therapy Masters Degree program in the United States. Training is done by mentors who are Certified and Registered Poetry Therapists and CAPFs. A complete list of mentors can be found on the website of International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy:  We have included a directory here for your convenience. Most Mentors/Supervisors work with distance learners. Contact individual trainers about methods and plans. For more information on training or the training requirements, visit

Kathleen Adams, MA, LPC, PTR, M/S
Currently not accepting new trainees.                                             Center for Journal Therapy, Inc.
Denver, CO 80333
Tel: (w) 303/986-6460
Fax: 303/985-3903

Elaine Brooks, RN MA PTR-M/S
Canterbury, CT 06331
Tel: 860/608-7903
Email:                                      Website:

Geri Chavis, PhD LP CPT-M/S
The College of St. Catherine
St. Paul, MN 55105
Tel: 612/910-4666

Victoria Field, MA, MBPS, CPT*/CAPF, M/S
United Kingdom
Tel: 44-1227-788497
Email:                          Website:

Susan Reuling Furness, MEd LCPC LMFT PT M/S                                     Boise, ID  83712
Tel: 208/385-0888

Wendi R. Kaplan, LCSW, CPT-M/S                                                   Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: 703/739-9763

Perie J. Longo, PhD, PTR-M/S
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tel: 805/687-1619

Marianela Medrano, PhD, LPC, CPT–M/S
New Haven, CT 06515
Tel: 203/770-4338

Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, PTR-M/S
The Creative Righting Center, NY
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Tel: 718/998-4572

Alma Maria Rolfs, MSW, LICSW, PTR-M/S
Seattle, WA 98103
Tel: (o) 206/547-1218
(c) 206/650-9819
(h) 206/766-9646

Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR-M/S
Norwalk, CT 06850
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Tel: 914/572-3167
Email:                                                          Website: 
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Shanee Stepakoff, MFA, PhD, LCP, PTR-M/S
Farmington, ME 04938
Tel: 207/578-4483

Ingrid Tegnér, MSW, CAPF-M/S
Riverside, CA 92506
Tel: 301/728-5335

Mentor/Supervisor Candidates
(approved to accept trainees under supervision of a Mentor/Supervisor)

Barbara Bethea, MA LCAT PTR – M/S-P
Laurelton, NY 11413
Tel: 718/978-4663

Anjana Deshpande, LCSW
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Tel: 610/506-2861

Alison Johnson DNP MBA PTR-M/S-P
Minneapolis MN 55311
Tel: 612/226-9071

Laura Santner, LCSW PTR – M/S-P
Brooklyn, NY
Tel: 914/417-7257

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