Wednesday, March 29 (all times are MST)      

12:45-1:00 pm  Registration for Pre-Conference I only (Hotel Lobby)

1:00-5:30 pm  Pre-Conference I Day Trip – Kathleen (Kay) Adams LPC, PTR-MM/S  (Meet in Hotel Lobby)         Fabrics and Photos: The Denver Art Museum

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

Thursday, March 30    

8:00-9:00 am  Breakfast (Atrium)

9:00-9:30 am  Registration for Pre-Conference II & III only (Hotel Lobby)

9:30 am-12:00 noon

Pre-Conference II – Geri Chavis, M.A., LP, PhD, CPT, CM (Juniper)               

Exploring Family Relationships through Poetry, Story, & Expressive Writing

12:00 noon-1:00 pm  Lunch on your own (Hotel restaurant or on your own)                               

1:00-3:30 pm

Pre-Conference III – Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, PTR-M/S (Juniper)

Marginalized Identity: Borders, Boundaries & Crossing


3:45-5:45 pm

Pre-Conference IV – Sandra Marianella, MA, MEd  & Michele Sefton, MEd  (Juniper)

The Story You Need to Tell– Writing and Resilience

3:45-5:15 pm  Registration Set up (Pre-function)                           

4:30-5:45 pm  Attendee Folder Set up (Cottonwood REAR)

4:00-5:30 pm  Deej Documentary Film – Karen “Ren” vanMeenen, Ph.d, MA, CAPF (Birch)

5:30-6:00 pm  Registration (Pre-function)

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

7:00-7:30 pm  Registration (Pre-function)

7:30-7:45 pm  Meet our board (Birch)

7:45-8:30 pm  Welcome and Mix & Mingle: Getting to Know You with Haiku Poetry

  Catherine Tanguis, MA, NBCT, CAPF & Barbara Kreisberg, MS, CPT (Birch)

8:45-9:45 pm  OPENING EVENT:  Bobby LeFebre (Birch)                                                                                                      Poetry as Praxis: An Exploration of Collective Discourse and Civic Health

Friday, March 31

7:00-8:00 am

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

7:45-8:45 am  Registration (Pre-function)

8:00-8:45 am  Breakfast (Atrium)

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

9:15-10:00 am  KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Joy Sawyer, MA, MA (Birch)

  "And You Dreaming the Same": How Poetry Therapy Changes the World

10:00-10:20 am  Book Signing with Joy Sawyer (Cottonwood REAR)

10:30-12:00 Noon  Workshop Series A

         A1: Use of Therapeutic Writing Workshop to Create Collaborative Music for Use in Recovery from Chemical Addiction – Eric Kreuter, Ph.D, CASAC-t (Birch)

        A2: The Tension of Opposites: How We Grow Through Poetry – Jon Sayers (Sage)

        A3: Suicide, Despair and Poetry Therapy – Alison Johnson, DNP, PTR (Cottonwood)

        A4: Creating Story Spine Poetry – Shaun Perkins, MA (Juniper)

        A5: Empathetic Translations and Contextual Corroborations: How Spiritually Integrated Arabic Lyrics and Language Introduces Psychotherapeutic Potential – Tariq Elsaid, MSW (Aspen)

12:00-1:00 pm Luncheon (Atrium)

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

2:00-2:45 pm IFPBF Credentialing Information Workshop: Your Life Could Be Poetry                                                    Nancy Scherlong  LCSW, PTR, CJT, CM, IFBPT President and Anjana Deshpande, LCSW, CPT, CJT, CM-P, IFBPT Vice-President (Birch)

3:00-4:30 pm Workshop Series B

        B1: Tatas Tales/Los Cuentos de las Tatas: The Intersection of Poetry, Transformative Writing, and Drama in  Bilingual Communities – Irania MacĂ­as, MA, CAPT & Beth Murray, Ph.D. (Birch) Please note this session will run from 3:00-5:30 as the workshop will be followed by a one-hour performance & discussion.

        B2: Marble Me Free: Pain & Poetry – Diane Kaufman, MD, S. Swan, AS, & Lucia Martinez Rojas, MFA (Sage)

        B3: Finding Peace and Harmony During Troubled Times – Barbara Kreisberg, MS, CPT (Cottonwood)

        B4: Exploring Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Through Poetry – Mari Alschuler, Ph.D., LISW-S, CM/PTR, MPTP (Juniper)

        B5: Promoting Empowerment by Discovering Inner Strengths: A Co-Facilitative Poetry Therapy Curriculum for Groups in Rural Communities – Scott R. Sorensen, LCSW & Danielle Dubrasky, Ph.D. (Aspen)

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

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

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

Saturday, April 


7:00-8:00 am

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

7:30-8:30 am Registration (Pre-function)

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast (Atrium)

9:00-10:30 am Workshop Series C

        C1: Good Pain: The Art of Being Hurt – Michael Namkung (Birch)

C2: Writing Through Grief: Reflections on a Poetry Workshop at Hospice – Janelle Adsit, Ph.D. (Sage)

C3: The RES Poetry Therapy Model: New Directions for Educators, Therapists, and Poets – Nicholas Mazza, Ph.D., PTR (Cottonwood)

C4: Embodied Compassion through Self-Regulation: Embracing Our Imperfections through Poetry, Writing, and Action – Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW, PTR/CJT, CM (Juniper)

C5: Poetry as an Empowerment Tool and Catalyst for Support for First-Generation Latina Professional Mothers – Sandra Gutierrez, LCSW, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, NM Board Approved Supervisor (Aspen)

10:45-11:00 am Honorary Awards Presentation (Birch)

11:00-11:45 am  KEYNOTE POET – Naomi Shihab Nye (Birch)                                                                                             Steady On: How Poetry Helps Us in Times of Confusion and Grief

11:45 am -12:15 pm Book Signing with Naomi Shihab Nye (Cottonwood REAR)

12:30-1:30 pm Luncheon (Atrium)

1:45-2:30 pm Naomi Shihab Nye Conversation (Birch)

3:00-4:30 pm Workshop Series D

         D1: Can I get some space? Playing with aesthetic distance in multi-modal performance poetry workshops– Jenna Robinson, LMFT & Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, PTR-M/S, RDT-BCT (Birch)

        D2: Techniques Poets Can Use to Make Their Poetry Sing – Zorina Exie Frey (Sage)

        D3: Making Poetry Easy for All Ages – Beth Jacobs, Ph.D. (Cottonwood)

        D4:  Caregiver Well-being: Personal/Professional/Bibliotherapeutic Reflections – Ted Bowman, MDiv. (Juniper)

        D5: What’s Your Credo?: Being Mindful about “Why I Write” – Rob Merritt, Ph.D. (Aspen)

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

5:15-6:00 pm  CLOSING EVENT: Jovan Mays, inaugural and emeritus Poet Laureate of Aurora, CO (Birch)              Nana’s Boxes: More Bridges, Less Walls

6:00 pm Dinner on Your Own


Sunday, April 2                                                                                                                                                               

8:00-9:00 am  Breakfast (Atrium)    

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 (Juniper & Sage)

9:00-12:00 am                                                                                                                                                                        Post-Conference I  –  Ingrid Tegner, MSW, CAPF, CM  (Aspen)                                                                                              Poetry, Writing & Weaving to Foster Strength, Resilience, and Community 

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


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