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Poetry As A Tool For Wellness

Poetry as a Tool for Wellness (PATFW) is a culmination of 20 years of ground-breaking practice utilizing poetry as a catalyst to enhance skills, affirm strengths, and nurture creativity in order to promote overall wellbeing. Piloted in settings focused on mental health, it has been found equally transformative and roundly received in a much broader context.


PATFW is an ideal program for counselors, peer specialists, teachers, chaplains, healthcare/wellness coaches, community activists, support group facilitators, and anyone else interested in fostering a creative and therapeutic approach to wellness through the integration of Poetic Medicine into mental health and wellness programs.


The program is structured as eight themed, skills-based sessions outlined in a comprehensive manual. Emphasis is placed throughout on the interactive nature of each session that includes quotes, poems, discussion questions, writing activities/guided sharing and an Appendix of Facilitator Tools.


It is strongly recommended that those interested in the facilitator training also purchase the manual as it serves as a vital adjunct to the training series. Additional sessions are regularly being developed (and are available as insertable pages to those who have purchased the manual prior to their completion). The volume naturally fosters individual voice and empowerment, shared leadership, as well as a sense of community and belonging.

The Poetry as a Tool for Wellness: A Peer Facilitator's Manual includes:

  • 8-week series of themed, skills-based sessions

  • Quotes, poems, discussion questions, and writing activities

  • Suggested scripts and actions

  • Bonus session for hosting a celebratory poetry-reading event

  • Appendix including tools and resources for peer facilitators

  • Additional session add-ons


NOTE: There are several options to participate in the PATFW training. Though it is not required, it is highly recommended that you purchase the manual to accompany the training. 


A 4-week Experiential Series designed to guide you through the process of facilitating a poetry circle.


The Manual for Poetry as a Tool for Wellness is a session by session guide to leading your own poetry groups.


Training in four webinar sessions to guide you through the PATFW Manual at your own pace.


The e-book version of the wonderfully thorough step-by-step guide is included with purchase of the manual. 

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