The Impact of IPM Programs
The Institute for Poetic Medicine serves as a catalyst for transformation and a resource for cultivating individual and community resiliency. Its range of programs have touched hundreds of lives over the years.
Online Poetry Circles
Poetic Medicine Series
Creating a safe space to explore poetry together. It can be daunting to share what we've written, as most of us question whether or not the poem is "good enough.” We are aware of our vulnerability in sharing from our heart, and allowing ourselves to be seen. Therein lies the powerful work of poetry. When we create a visible expression of what is hidden inside, we can allow ourselves and others to hold it with reverence and respect. This in itself is a healing act.
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Poetry Partners represent The Institute for Poetic Medicine in industries such as mental health, medicine and medical school, environmental work,
healthcare (nurses, doctors, patients), pastoral and palliative care, cancer care support, hospice, education, psychiatry and social work.
Poets in the Schools
Poetry helps us know each other and build community. Poetry allows students to paint sketches of their lives, using metaphor, imagery and symbolic language to describe painful experiences, or parts of themselves that they're not ready to share. Poetry allows students to put language to use and to make it serve a deep internal purpose and to find voice, representation, and community.
Poetic Medicine in Hospitals
According to the Association of American Colleges (AAMC), poetry can sharpen listening, attentiveness, observation, and analytical skills. It can refine the artistic side of medicine: Poetry allows us to express ourselves, foster creativity, and accept ambiguity. It enhances empathy, self-awareness, and introspection.
The Poetic Medicine Training Program is designed for a wide range of people interested in using poetic medicine for themselves, as well as bringing this healing art to others, meeting the therapeutic needs of individuals and communities. The practice of poetic medicine serves as a catalyst for spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being.