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Poetry Therapy

Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition

By Nicholas Mazza


268 pages

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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.


"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

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 Families6.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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General