Training Options



Welcome to the Creative Righting Center
A Poetry Therapy Community
For Persons Who Love Words and People

A Marvelous Year of Mindfulness & Passion
in Poetry & Story

October 1, 2017         COME TASTE THIS POEM

November 5, 2017     POETRY OF PRESENCE

December 3, 2017     PALM-OF-THE-HAND POEMS AND STORIES

January 7, 2018         GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEART I

February 4, 2018       GEOGRAPHY OF THE HEART II

March 4, 2018             ANIMAL ME

April  8, 2018              HERO

May 6, 2018                DEFINING MOMENTS

June 3, 2018               THE BUD OF ALL BEING


WHERE:
The OFF-CENTER
New York City
526 West 26th Street, Suite 309

COST:
$240.00 for Fall Semester
$300.00 for Spring Semester

WHEN:

One Sunday a month 1:00-5:00 pm.


This program is for persons who can attend the meetings held one Sunday a month at The Creative “Righting” Center in New York CityIt offers face-to-face contact and the support of a dynamic poetry therapy community. You are invited to join this warm circle of teachers, writers, therapists, librarians, pastors, and professional helpers.

Each four-hour session consists of:

1. Facilitation of peer group led by the mentor/supervisor
2. Voluntary optional facilitation of peer group by trainees in rotation 
3. Review of therapeutic material and techniques
4. Group Supervision




The Creative "Righting" Center offers three options for persons interested in poetry therapy training as designated by the International Federation of Biblio/Poetry Therapy (ifbpt.com):

1) The Residential Program for persons who can attend monthly peer groups in New York leading to certification and registration

2) The Program for Distant Learners leading to certification and registration

3) The Consultation Corner for persons who would like to attend peer groups and seminars or have one-to-one consultations, but are not working towards certification or registration


Persons interested in certification will need to complete 440 hours of work with developmental populations for the CAPF (Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator) designation. Persons who are licensed mental health professionals will require 970 hours of study to work with clinical populations. Eighteen hours of group supervision are built into this program over a two-year period. The trainee must complete the required number of additional hours of supervision in accordance with the guidelines. One-to-one supervision is conducted in person or by phone, mail and e-mail.

Preparation is divided into four work tasks for all trainees:

1. Didactic Study: Trainees do extensive reading in poetry therapy, literature, and counseling, keeping an annotated bibliography as documentation.
2. Peer Groups: Trainees need to experience poetry therapy with a trained facilitator before working in the field. Each trainee will also have the opportunity to experience being a facilitator for the peer group.
3. Facilitating Groups: Trainees are required to facilitate poetry therapy groups in different facilities of their choice (schools, hospitals, prisons, nursing homes, etc.) 
4. Supervision- The planning and review of your facilitating groups in the field as well as review of reading assignments is done in-person, or by phone, mail, or e-mail. 


Whether you choose a residential program or the long distance one, all programs are created to meet national guidelines; at the same time, the program that you and Dr. Reiter create will be individualized to meet your professional needs and preferences.If you are seriously contemplating poetry therapy training, you will want to study The Guide To Training Requirements for Certification and Registration, available for purchase at the website of the standard setting body, the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy ifbpt.com 




Questions? 
Please call 718-998-4572, or e-mail me at sherryreiter@yahoo.com

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Sherry Reiter, Ph.D., the Director of The Creative "Righting" Center, is a clinical social worker who is a Registered Poetry Therapist and Mentor/Supervisor, as well as a Registered Drama Therapist and Board Certified Trainer. Past President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, she has also served as the Certification Chair for NAPT. She has been teaching poetry therapy for over thirty years, first at The New School for Social Research and currently at Hofstra University. Over the past twenty years, she has received the following awards from NAPT: The Outstanding Achievement Award (1984), The Distinguished Service Award (2002), and The Art Lerner Pioneer Award (2004). In 2007, she was the recipient of the Morris Morrison Education Award for excellence in teaching and bringing poetry to marginalized populations.
In 2009, Dr. Reiter was designated as Teacher of the Year for Touro College.
  
 
 
 





Past Workshops: A Look Back

PEER GROUP      2016-2017

October 9, 2016       NAMING: A BOY CALLED SLOW

November 6, 2016   NAMING: TO NAME IT IS TO OWN IT

December 4, 2016   MID-LIFE I:  A TURN IN THE ROAD 

January 8, 2017       MID-LIFE II: MOVING FORWARD

February 5, 2017     DREAMWORK

March 5, 2017          GUEST FACILITATION

April  9, 2017            RE-CLAIMING SOUL IN TRAUMA & RECOVERY

May 7, 2017               DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & HEALING THROUGH WORDS

June 4, 2017              POETRY PRESCRIPTIONS FOR AGING





PEER GROUP SCHEDULE 2015-2016:

Fall Semester: October 11, November 1, December 6, January 3
Spring Semester: February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5


PEER GROUP 2014-2015:

October 5, 2014
BARBARA BETHEA, LCAT: EMPOWERMENT FOR WOMEN - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

November 2, 2014
THE JOY OF JOURNALING (Marianela was postponed 'til April)

December 7, 2014
JULIET BRUCE, PHD, MASTER STORYTELLER: HOW TO REINFORCE YOUR STUDENTS' INNER STRENGTH IN A VIOLENT WORLD

January 4, 2015
PALM OF THE HAND STORIES

FEBRUARY 1, 2015
TEN POETIC PRESCRIPTIONS THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE

MARCH 1, 2015
NARRATIVE: RE-STORING AND RESTORYING OUR LIVES

APRIL 12, 2015
MARIANELA MEDRANO, PHD:  POEMS IN THE TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION

MAY 3, 2015
POETIC DEVICE & THE 10 PRINCIPLES OF TRANSFORMATIVE WRITING IN WRITING AWAY THE DEMONS: STORIES OF CREATIVE COPING BY SHERRY REITER & CONTRIBUTORS

JUNE 7, 2015
THE TURTLE TATTOO: BUILDING CHARACTER AND RESILIENCE THROUGH TEACHING TALES


PEER GROUP 2013-2014:

September 15, 2013
FREE OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
LISTENING TO THE MUSE 
Join us at 1 p.m. for meet , greet and discussion followed by writes of passage and calling on the muse till 4 p.m. 
WRITING, SHARING, MUSING & A-MUSING
WELCOME TO NEW AND OLD FRIENDS EXPLORING POETRY THERAPY
IF THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE, REGISTER NOW:
October 6, 2013
THE ORDINARY EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN

November 3, 2013
THE FIREBIRD: EXPLORING DEPRESSION AS TRANSFORMATIONAL GROUND
Traditional cultures understood depression and other non-ordinary mental experiences as states of emergence rather than as disorders. This workshop, based on the archetypal heroic quest, uses the rich metaphors, visual images, and environments of a famous Russian folk tale to write one's way to wholeness.

Dr. Juliet Bruce is a healing story practitioner and facilitator of story sanctuaries for individuals and communities in crisis. Her first book,
 A Write of Passage, (Wisdom Moon Publishing, 2014) illuminates story as a scaffold for rebuilding life after trauma, loss, or in a time of transition.

December 1, 2013
THE WORRY DOOR: POETRY THERAPY FOR FEAR AND ANXIETY

January 5, 2014
THUNDER AND WRITENING: EXPLORING ANGER AND FORGIVENESS THROUGH LITERATURE & WRITING

February 2, 2014
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THE MEAT OF MEMORY

March 2, 2014
THE HOLE IN THE HEART: BEREAVEMENT, GRIEF AND LOSS

April 6, 2014
THE POETIC HEART OF INTER-BEING
Poems, music and writing experiences that focus on seeing and being seen, nurturing empathy and compassion, and supporting community and hope.
Emily R. Blumenfeld, CAPF, has published both literary and scholarly writing. Her work is centered in themes of voice and witnessing, social justice and equality, and nurturing in its myriad forms. She has a master's degree from the University of Toronto with a focus on gender, diversity, and family studies.

May 4, 2014
MARVELOUS MYTH & LESSONS FOR LIVING

June 1, 2014
THE INTERCONNECTED WEB OF LIFE: NATURE POETRY AS AN INTEGRATIVE FORCE

NOTE: Program may be subject to change in accordance with the needs of the group.


PEER GROUP 2012-2013: 

October 21
In the Orchard of Hope: Poetry Therapy and Possibility

November 18
Special Guest: Marianella Medrano-Marra, Phd, PTR-M/S
"Embodied Writing"

December 23
Working with Teens and Children

January
RECESS

February 3
Relationships: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

March 3
Just Like Me: An Exploration of Difference

April 7
The Golden Mirror: Reflections on Aging

May 5
Recovery from Addiction, Abuse and Trauma

June 2
Soul Quest
  


PEER GROUP 2011-2012:

September 18
One City, One Prompt 

October 9
The Joys of Journaling

November 6
Thunder and “Writening”: Exploring Anger and the Possibility Of Forgiveness

December 18
The Truth in Magic: Therapeutic Use of Fairy Tales and Myths

January
RECESS

February 26
In the Winter Light: Coping With Depression

March 25
The Express Stop I: Oral Interpretation and the Re-Claiming Of Voice

April 15
The Poetry of Witness

May 20
The Express Stop II: Workshop

June 24
Beauty: Elixir for the Soul


PEER GROUP 2010-2011:

September 19
Open House-Newcomers Welcome
La Loba: From Straw to Gold and Bones to Flesh
The Power of Transformational Language

October 31
The Ordinary Extraordinary Woman

November 14
The Hole in the Heart: Bereavement
Special Guest: Nancy Scherlong, LCSW, PTR

December 19
Stories of Light

January 9
Food for Thought

February 13
Narrative Therapy and Re-Store-ying Oneself

March 13
BRO-KEN: Fragmenting into WholenessSpecial Guest: Diane Kaufman, M.D.
Author of
 Cracking Up and Back Again
Director, Creative Arts in Healthcare, UMDNJ

April 3
Family Matters

May 28
The Dumbest Mistakes of Smart Poetry Therapists:
Stories of Success and Failure

June 19
Lotus Lessons: Wisdom, Integrity, and the Sacred






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