Membership in the National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT) is open to anyone who shares our mission of promoting growth and healing through language, symbol and story.


Community & Connection:

  • Participate in an internationally-recognized professional organization that is unique not just for its mission, but for the warmth and openness of its culture.
  • Learn techniques, share ideas and connect with others by attending our annual conference at a reduced rate. (Continuing Education Units/Credits are available for all conference attendees.)
  • Network and interact with people who share a passion for the healing power of words by taking part in the NAPT’s Members Only online discussion group, a virtual community where ideas, resources, and inspiration are freely shared.
  • List your web site or blog or Facebook presence on the NAPT Member Websites page
  • Become a part of a large formal network dedicated to the support and development of the NAPT’s mission and aims.


Note: The NAPT is now distributing materials electronically or providing online access (with exceptions made for those without Internet access on request).

  • The Museletter, our membership newsletter, is published three times a year (July, November and March) and highlights NAPT news and upcoming events, featuring articles and reviews as well as opportunities for professional training and networking.
  • Journal of Poetry Therapy: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Practice, Theory, Research and Education, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is published quarterly and includes scholarly articles on research and process as well as dissertation abstracts, book reviews, and poetry.
  • The NAPT e-newsletter, a periodic e-newsletter, offers the latest news from the NAPT Board of Directors, including events, member announcements, and other resources.

Personal & Professional Growth:

  • Explore the various applications of poetry therapy, expressive writing, journal therapy and other uses of the language arts, such as Performance poetry and Spoken Word.
  • Develop leadership skills and expand your professional networks through board service by participating in one of the NAPT’s various committees.

Organizational Support for Poetry Therapy Activities:

  • Receive grant funding from the NAPT for hosting regional events that focus on poetry therapy and other literary expressive arts such as therapeutic writing and journal therapy.
  • Become an official NAPT Ambassador and spread the word of your own projects and the larger field of Poetry Therapy by providing in-service presentations, performing TED Talks, and facilitating other workshops for interested organizations and institutions.
  • Gain access to event listings and training opportunities in The Museletter.

Membership Application

Apply for or renew your membership to NAPT by using our Online Membership Application

If you have questions, please contact the Membership Chair at or visit the Membership FAQS page.