New: Introduction To Poetry Therapy

Experience the power of Poetry Therapy an interactive use of poetry and other forms of literature or writing to promote growth and healing. Learn how to use this tool for personal and professional development. No previous experience of poetry or expressive writing is required, just a willingness to share, reflect and experiment with words.

Who is this course for

This is a practical and experiential course that is open to anyone, at any level. It is for both personal and professional development. It will be of interest to anyone who enjoys writing/ journaling or for those who wish to use therapeutic writing in their work. It also attracts people who want to boost their creativity - whether for self-help or as a therapeutic tool.
No previous experience of poetry or expressive writing is required, just a willingness to share, reflect and experiment with words in a supportive environment.
CPD certificates will be provided for those utilising the course for professional development purposes.

What does this course cover

Research over the last 30 years has found links between writing, health and wellbeing.
This course offers insights into poetry therapy and therapeutic writing at an introductory level. The course is experiential and will explore the uses of poems and expressive writing as a tool for healing, growth and personal development.

Where 'talking therapies' may sometimes feel too challenging, working with poetry and self-reflective writing can help you or your clients to find 'a way in' to access emotions and feelings that you may have not been able to reach through other means.

Using our own experiences, we will reflect upon this process, and be introduced to some basic knowledge of poetry therapy. You will learn the key concepts of group process, structure, pacing and containment within a poetry therapy group session and develop a system for poem selection and assessment for use with diverse groups.

You can expect to, experience various creative and expressive writing exercises, using prompts such as: words, poems, post cards, positive affirmations, stories, unsent letters, acrostics and metaphor as a medium for personal growth and healing.

You will also develop a plan to use poetry therapy skills within a professional context.

By the end of the course students should be able to:
- Describe the basic principles of poetry therapy and therapeutic writing
- Identify two ways of how poetry therapy increases self-awareness and self esteem
- Explain the difference between creative writing and therapeutic writing
- List three different poetry therapy / therapeutic writing techniques

What will it be like

The teaching and learning methods we use on the course are:

- Tutor led presentations and demonstrations
- Group activities and discussion
- Creative, expressive and self-reflective writing exercises
- Practical tasks / Writing Prompts
- Group process
- Modelling
- Guided imagery and a range of creative exercises facilitated by the tutor
- Journaling

Your progress on the course will be assessed by the following methods.
- Observation
- Peer and self assessment
- Quizzes/ Games/Crosswords
- Journal

What else do you need to buy or do

All art materials and poems are provided, but please bring your own notebook.
We suggest: A new notebook - one that you can use just for this class and between sessions
A pen or pencil which enables you to write quickly and freely.

What this course could lead to

Once this course is completed students will be sign posted to a range of personal development, poetry therapy and writing for wellbeing courses.
Information will also be provided of how to obtain recognised qualifications in the field of poetry therapy and creative writing for therapeutic purposes

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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