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2nd Edition

Poetry Therapy
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9781138812574
Published July 11, 2016 by Routledge
286 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

For decades, poetry therapy has been formally recognized as a valuable form of treatment, and it has been proven effective worldwide with a diverse group of clients. The second edition of Poetry Therapy, written by a pioneer and leader in the field, updates the only integrated poetry therapy practice model with a host of contemporary issues, including the use of social media and slam/performance poetry. It’s a truly invaluable resource for any serious practitioner, educator, or researcher interested in poetry therapy, bibliotherapy, writing, and healing, or the broader area of creative/expressive arts therapies.

Table of Contents

About the Author  Foreword  Preface: Restoring Hope (poem)  Preface to the 1st Edition: Hope (poem)  Acknowledgments  Introduction to the 2nd Edition Part One. The Foundation of Poetry Therapy  1. The History and Development of Poetry Therapy  2. Theoretical Foundations  3. The R.E.S. Poetry Therapy Practice Model  Part Two. Modalities of Poetry Therapy  4. Working with Individuals  5. Working with Families 6. Working with Groups  7. Working with Communities  Part Three. Developmental Stages  8. Children and Early Adolescents  9. Adolescents and Young Adults  10. Adults 11. Older Adults  12. Death and Loss  Part Four. Research, Education, and Professional Development  13. Research  14. Education  15. Professional Development and New Directions  Afterword Homecoming (poem)  Appendices  Appendix A. Poetry Therapy Training Exercise for Practitioners   Appendix B. Sample Poems for Use in Poetry Therapy  Appendix C. Poetic Stems  Appendix D. Poetry Therapy Narrative Report for Group Work: Guidelines  Appendix E. Poetry Therapy Narrative Report for Group Work: Observer Form  Appendix F. Poetry Therapy Narrative Report for Group Work: Leader Form  Appendix G. Writing Exercise  Appendix H. Poetry Therapy Workshop Guide  Appendix I. Resources  Appendix J. NAPT Code of Ethics  References  Index

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Nicholas Mazza, PhD, is dean emeritus and the Patricia V. Vance Professor of Social Work emeritus at the Florida State University. He is also the founding and continuing editor of the Journal of Poetry Therapy.


"I am deeply heartened to see this marvelous new edition of Poetry Therapy. Readers will delight in its wealth of fresh gems, especially Mazza's feel for both the power of poetry to heal and the need for psychology to return to its heart—which is the living, breathing person in any formulation within which he or she is placed. I could not recommend a more compassionate, substantively researched, practical, and valuable work in this field."

Kirk Schneider, PhD, adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and at Teachers College, Columbia University, and vice president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute

"There is no one who knows the field of poetry therapy as thoroughly and fundamentally as Nicholas Mazza, and in the second edition of Poetry Therapy he continues to bring his vast knowledge to readers with great clarity. He presents a broad, well-organized view of the field, historically, conceptually, and practically. This book is a foundational and updated text that conveys poetry therapy from its most empirical validations to its deepest, soulful magic."

Beth Jacobs, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Writing for Emotional Balance

"Remarkable, brilliant, thorough! The second edition of Nick Mazza’s Poetry Therapy is unmatched in its comprehensive coverage of the written word in mental health! Mazza traces how writing has become and continues to be an important part in professional helping, and he shows how the poetic can make a positive difference at distinct life stages and in various settings. This is the consummate book on the power of words!"Samuel T. Gladding, PhD, professor at Wake Forest University

"A welcome and essential resource for clinicians, practitioners, educators and students in several of the healing arts, particularly those in the field of poetry therapy... With his signature breadth and depth, Dr. Mazza is passing on all he has learned over more than 40 years of experience in his multifaceted roles for the benefit of those practicing in the field of poetry therapy"

Perie Longo, Journal of Poetry Therapy 

"Mazza offers a text that is rich with practice material. This includes multiple case studies of PT usage in various practice settings (i.e., micro, mezzo, and macro) with clients at different developmental stages…This book stands alone; there are few others that cover PT and none as extensively as Mazza."

Annemarie Conlon, PhD, assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University