ERIC Number: ED030231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Poetry Therapy; The Use of Poetry in the Treatment of Emotional Disorders.
Leedy, Jack J., Ed.
Twenty-two papers by different authors consider poetry therapy as treatment for persons with emotional disorders. Its use with the following is described: a psychotic patient, hospitalized schizophrenics, psychoneurotics in a mental health center, and disturbed adolescents. Also discussed are poetry as therapy and as a therapeutic art, principles of poetry therapy, the validation of poetry as a group therapy technique, and poetry as communication is psychotherapy. The use of poetry in individual psychotherapy and in a private mental hospital is described, as are poetry therapy in a self help group, in a specialized school for the disturbed, and in a counseling center. Further topics include poetry as a way to fuller awareness, metamessages and self discovery, the Psalms as psychological and allegorical poems, the universal language of rhythm, the patient's sense of the poem, and a curriculum proposal for training poetry therapists. A tribute to Eli Greifer, a pioneer in therapeutic poetry, is included, as is an appendix listing poems suitable for use in therapy poetry. (LE)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Biblical Literature, Bibliotherapy, Emotional Adjustment, Emotional Disturbances, Exceptional Child Services, Group Therapy, Institutionalized Persons, Language Rhythm, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Clinics, Poetry, Psychotherapy, Schizophrenia, Self Help Programs
J.B. Lippincott Co., East Washington Square, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19105 ($7.00)
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