Promoting growth and healing through language, symbol, and story.
What is Poetry Therapy
Poetry therapy is the use of language, symbol, and story in therapeutic, educational, growth, and community-building capacities. It relies upon the use of poems, stories, song lyrics, imagery, and metaphor to facilitate personal growth, healing, and greater self-awareness. Bibliotherapy, narrative, journal writing, metaphor, storytelling, and ritual are all within the realm of poetry therapy.
The National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT)
The National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT) is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary membership organization that supports and enhances the profession of poetry therapy. Its mission is to promote growth and healing through written and spoken language, symbolic expression, and story. Our national and international members come from a wide variety of disciplines. They include but are not limited to social workers, psychologists, educators, counselors, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, librarians, chaplains, holistic healers, coaches, creative writing specialists, and performance poets.
HAPPENING NOW _____
Our 2024 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
We are thrilled to announce that our 2024 Conference "Converging in Solidarity: Fostering Community and Belonging through Poetry Therapy" will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2024 -Sunday, April 14, 2024 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Bethesda Washington DC. The deadline to submit conference proposals was September 17, 2023. More information on our 2024 conference can be found here.