Stories, Journaling, and Poems: Bibliotherapy for Mental Health Practitioners
Live Online Webinar
Wednesday, August 12, and Thursday, August 13, 2020
10:00am–1:00pm EDT (both days)
NYSED and ASWB Approved for 6 CE contact hours
“Not I, but the poet discovered the unconscious.” –Freud
Learn how poetic medicine can be applied in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, recovery, and bereavement. Tap your clients’ creativity through poetic prescriptions: stories, poems, and journaling techniques that can easily be incorporated into the therapy session. Evidence-based research has proven that journaling can strengthen the immune system. We now understand more about the right brain activities of storytelling and how metaphor and imagery provide clinicians and educators with powerful access codes to the psyche. The beauty of biblio/poetry therapy techniques is that they are fun, dissolve resistance, and encourage playful as well as meaningful discussion in individual or group therapy.
No special talents required. Bring your pen and an open heart.
Evidence of Need: Mental Health professionals need to be able to take continuing education credits for licensing. Topics that are evidence-based, non-traditional that offer dynamic methods for mental health practitioners are appealing to clinician who need hands-on tools.
As a result of attending this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Identify four different kinds of writing interventions that can easily be incorporated into therapy practice
- Implement journaling techniques to teach emotional regulation and client management of emotion
- Begin their own collections of stories and poems which will act as catalysts for the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and grief
- Develop skills to tap the creative imagination for growth and healing
- Utilize methods that ingeniously contain and release emotion
Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, RPT (Registered Poetry Therapist/Mentor, RDT-BCT (Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer)
Sherry Reiter is Director of The Creative Righting Center, a poetry therapy training center for clinicians, educators, and writers who in the United States and abroad.She is past president of The National Association for Poetry Therapy and the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy and the author of Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing. In 2010, Dr. Reiter was voted Teacher of the Year for Touro College & University. She divides her time between teaching, writing, and private practice.
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