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Friday, October 22 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
The Spoken Word: Imbuing Poetry into Therapy, Practice & Life

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Poetry Therapy, which is the therapeutic use of poems, narratives, and other spoken or written works to promote well-being and healing, has long served clinicians and clients alike across a multitude of settings. Most recently, we have seen how this therapeutic modality has become utilized as a means of therapeutic expression, connection, and engagement for a diverse span of populations, from correctional facilities to community mental health centers and nonclinical contexts as well.
In this workshop, we will (1) familiarize ourselves with the foundational principles of Poetry Therapy; (2) honor the cultural context of poetry and narrative in Hawai’i, (3) explore the what, when, why and how to use poetry in a therapeutic manner; (4) review recent emerging research related to integrating Spoken Word elements, and (5) engage in a few experiential exercises to integrate Poetry Therapy into our individual practices.
No poetry experience? No problem. Just as the majority of folks who are initially introduced to poetry therapy, no experience is necessary to reap the benefits of this therapeutic modality. In fact, the less experience, the better. So please bring along a notebook, a writing instrument, a healthy bit of inquisitiveness, and a willingness to write something new into your practice, and potentially, your life.

Workshop Learning Objectives:
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the foundational principles of Poetry Therapy.
  • Discern when and how they may utilize poetry in a therapeutic manner.
  • Discuss the psychological factors involved in Spoken Word Poetry Therapy.
  • Integrate at least two Poetry Therapy exercises into their own practice.

The evaluation/CE request form for this program can be found HERE.

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Elnur Gajiev, PsyD

Dr. Elnur Gajiev is a clinical psychologist, poet, and educator. He specializes in bringing together empirically-based, creative therapies to foster greater connection, purpose, and growth for individuals, groups, and organizations. Dr. El is a key pioneer in Spoken Word Poetry Therapy... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 2:45pm - 4:15pm HST
Room 5