The Use of Poetry to Facilitate the Grieving Process in Psychotherapy

Continuing Education Workshop

Date:   Saturday, January 22, 2022

Time: 9:00-11:00 AM MST (8:00-10:00 PST/10:00-12:00 CST/11:00-1:00 EST)

Cost:   $30 for Professionals (CEs included), $20 for Students (No CEs)

Presenters: Michael Moats, PsyD, and Louis Hoffman, PhD

Continuing Education: 2 CEs


Poetry has been used to facilitate the grieving process prior to the advent of psychotherapy. This can be seen the poetic tradition of elegies, which are poems or collection of poems lamenting and reflecting upon individuals who have died. Similarly, the sacred scriptures of various religious and spiritual traditions include poetry about people who have died. Integrating poetry into grief therapy can enhance the therapy process through deepening aspects of the therapy process. In this workshop, we begin with an overview of poetry therapy, including consideration of ethical issues and a general framework for poetry therapy. This includes consideration of how poetry therapy can be integrated into more traditional forms of grief therapy. Next, we address how poetry can be used to enhance grief therapy through emotional processing, facilitation of continuing bonds, and meaning-making. Before concluding, we incorporate an experiential activity to illustrate themes of the workshop. 


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Continuing Education Information 

RMHCPA partners with Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology to offer CE programs.  APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APA Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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