Poetry Therapy: Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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Building on the American Psychological Association tradition of combining the arts and psychology, this book addresses the therapeutic aspects of clinical use of metaphor, narrative, journal writing, story telling, bibliotherapy, poetry and related arts. Based on clinical theory and romantic philosophy, a unified poetry therapy practice model is presented that combines the use of literature in therapy, creative expression and symbols/rituals. Poetry therapy has been formally recognized for thirty years and has been practiced worldwide with a wide range of clients in numerous settings including hospitals, hospices, mental health centers, family service agencies, addiction centers, schools, nursing homes and correctional settings.

Poetry Therapy: Interface of the Arts and Psychology is organized along three dimensions: 1) Theory and practice of poetry therapy coving individual, family and group modalities; 2) Use of poetry therapy along developmental markers with specific at
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Editorial Reviews

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'While the healing value of poetry is undeniable, its clinical applications have tended to be ignored, uncharted, and underestimated-until now. In this remarkable volume, Nicholas Mazza shows convincingly how metaphor, imagery, and language can assuage the thorniest ills, and ameliorate the most surprising forms of dysfunction. Poetry Therapy belongs on every sensitive clinician's desk!' - Kirk J. Schneider , Ph.D., Senior Editor, Handbook of Humanistic Psychology; President, Existential-Humanistic Institute

'Dr. Nicholas Mazza's landmark book on poetry therapy, is a beautifully written and conceived work that is an invaluable guide to sophisticated clinical practitioners who recognized the power of the written word and its potential for healing; its appearance is an occasion for celebration.' - George S. Getzel, D.S.W., Professor Emeritus, Hunter College of the City University of New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415944861
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/4/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. The Place of Poetry Therapy in Psychology: Historical and Theoretical Foundations. Part II: Model and Modalities. Poetry Therapy Practice Model and Individual Treatment. Poetry Therapy and Family Psychology. Group Therapy: Advancing Process and Outcome through Poetic Methods. Part III: Special Topics. Working with Children. Poetry Therapy and Adolescent Suicide. Poetry Therapy and Battered Women. Poetry Therapy and the Elderly. Part IV: Research and Professional Development. Advancing the Research Base for Poetry Therapy: An Agenda for the Millennium. Toward a Field of Poetry Therapy. Appendices.

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