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LILA WEISBERGER, MASTER MENTOR, NEW YORK, USA

I am founder founder of the International Academy for Poetry Therapy (iaPOETRY).

Previous to this I was a board member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy, followed by Certification Chair and then President, and received three separate awards from them. I was a credentialed Registered Poetry Therapist and a Master Mentor.

I am also founder of the thriving BridgeXngs Poetry Center. I have trained numerous Poetry Therapy Practitioners, and worked with scores of professionals interested in poetry therapy. I continue to inspire and support those in training to become Poetry Therapy Practitioners and Mentors for iaPOETRY, and run regular peer groups and poetry therapy intensives called Actionweek . I co-edited “The Healing Fountain: Poetry Therapy for Life Stages.” which is required reading for all trainees.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • iaPOETRY Master/Mentor
  • iaPOETRY PTP
  • NYS Certfied creative Arts Therapist
  • NYS Educator and School Psychologist
  • NYS Certified Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Counsellor (Emeritus)

SPECIAL INTERESTS

My scope of interest, knowledge and ability is broad. Intuitive work and creativity are two characteristics that define me. “I believe in possibilities”.

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: bridgexngs@aol.com
Website: www.bridgecrossing.org

JILL TEAGUE, MASTER MENTOR, NORTH WALES, UK

As a Master Mentor for The International Academy for Poetry Therapy (iaPOETRY), it is my pleasure to be working with a broad range of enthusiastic and talented professionals who are committed to obtaining their credential as a Poetry Therapy Practitioner.  I encourage all those who train with me to integrate their own specialisms and interests into their poetry therapy practice, and have worked with trainees who, for example, have incorporated dance, mindfulness and ceramics this way. I provide workshops and courses, and online courses, relevant to those in training as well as to all who are interested in writing for wellbeing. I have regular peer group meetings where those in training are able to facilitate and share thoughts their and ideas. As a Master Mentor I am qualified to train those wish to become Mentors for iaPOETRY.

I am founder of “Out of the Blue Writing”, based in Snowdonia, North Wales, where I facilitate writing groups and work with individuals. I have developed a branch of my work called “Treading Softly” which combines walking and writing in the natural landscape. I also provide a variety of online courses, including “Open Space” which specialises in one to one online, client-centred work. I am an Executive Director of The International Academy for Poetry Therapy (iaPOETRY), and work as a Master/Mentor for the organisation. I have received awards and scholarships from Wales Arts International and NAPT (National Association for Poetry Therapy) for pioneering work in the field of poetry therapy, as well as scholarships from BridgXngs Poetry Center, NYC.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • iaPOETRY Master/Mentor
  • Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator
  • BA (Hons) English Literature
  • PGCE

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Therapeutic Writing in the Natural Environment
  • Nature as Medicine/Medicine Wheel/Animal Cards
  • Ecotherapy
  • Ekphrastic Writing

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: jillteague@yahoo.co.uk
Website: www.jill-teague.blogspot.com

SANA MULJI DUTT, MENTOR, ONTARIO, CANADA

You have a story through which you can see the shape of your life. Through poetry, I help you find the lens to see your power, find your strengths, identify your challenges, and walk towards healing, to lead with your heart, or to work meaningfully and wholeheartedly every day. We journey together with language to shape our way, drawing inspiration from poets and writers. I have led poetry therapy workshops with diverse populations in New York and Toronto. My Master’s thesis titled, “Poetry Therapy and the Lived Experience of Refugees” is a study of how refugees can share their stories and view their experience through the lens of poetry, to find strength and healing.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • Mentor for iaPOETRY
  • BA, Creative Writing – York University, Toronto, Canada
  • MA, Interdisciplinary Studies – York University, Toronto, Canada

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Refugees
  • Women in shelters
  • Leadership conversations – leading with heart
  • Corporate wellness
  • Immigrant entrepreneurs

CONTACT DETAILS

Email: s.muljidutt@gmail.com
Website: poetryhealer.com

NESSA McCASEY, MENTOR, MICHIGAN, USA

Wellness of all types is of interest to me. My practice is named Wildridge Wellness Expressions because I believe in facilitating wellness in all forms of expression, from walking in the natural world to writing wherever, including while sitting on the ground or in a comfortable chair. I facilitate writing groups, and I also work with individuals and couples, guiding them through creative blocks/difficult times. I work in person or online or via the phone. I have received awards from the National Association for Poetry Therapy (one for Distinguished Service and one for Outstanding Achievement) and scholarships from BridgeXngs Poetry Center, in New York, NY.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • Certified Poetry Therapist
  • Mentor for iaPOETRY
  • BA, English Literature (University of Michigan)

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Disability Issues (advocacy and writing groups)
  • Ekphrastic Writing
  • Found Poetry
  • Trauma/Grief
  • Women’s Issues

CONTACT

Email: poetnessa@gmail.com
Website: http://poetmccasey.blogspot.com

DANA MICHIE, MENTOR, CONNECTICUT, USA

My integrative approach to healing focuses on empowering you, my client. I believe the journey to wellness resides within one’s self, and my goal is to help you identify the changes you want to make. I work to help you develop tools and skills in order to achieve those changes. Through the creative and psychotherapeutic processes for personal growth, self-discovery, and empowerment, I will guide you along the path of healing.

 


 PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • Mentor for iaPOETRY
  • Licensed Psychotherapist
  • BA English University of California at Berkeley
  • MS Education, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • MS Marriage & Family Therapy, Fairfield University, Connecticut
  • RPT (Registered Poetry Therapist), National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy
  • Certified Archetypal Counselor, CMED
  • Transcendental Meditation Instructor

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Poetry & Eating Disorders
  • Poetry & Spirituality
  • Spiritual Direction

CONTACT

Email: Danamichie7@aol.com
Website: http://www.creativecounselingtherapies.com
TEL: 203.544.8122
MOB: 203.648.0066 (cell or text)
Skype: danamichietherapist

GER CAMPBELL, MENTOR , KILKENNY, IRELAND

 

I am a certified Psychotherapist, now retired from my role as Community Addiction Counsellor with the Health Service Executive. I have a private practice and also work with clients on-line through Zoom and Skype. I find Poetry Therapy both complements and enhances the therapeutic relationship.  My own experience has shown how poetry when used within the therapeutic context aligns itself to growth and change as it both captures and supports life experience which is the common factor that brings clients to therapy. I use Poetry Therapy at clinical level on a one to one basis and at both clinical and developmental level with various groups.

For many years I worked as a part-time lecturer with Maynooth University on Certificate and Diploma level, Addiction Studies courses.  I was responsible for the development of Group Work modules which incorporated poetry as part of the personal development process.  I introduced Poetry into my teaching practice with great success.  My Masters Thesis was based on the use of poetry with Adult Learners as a portal to personal growth and development.

I have been awarded scholarships from BridgeXngs Poetry Centre New York.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • BSc. Hons (Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • MEd. (Masters in Adult and Community Education)
  • Dip. Social Care
  • MACI
  • MIACP
  • Practising Supervisor: Addiction Counsellors of Ireland

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Regular Peer Group Meetings with colleagues from IPTN (Irish Poetry Therapy Network).

Walking in the forest near my home provides both relaxation and inspiration for creative work. I am an avid reader and cannot be without a book.

CONTACT

Email:geriecampbell@gmail.com

MARI ALSCHULER, MENTOR , OHIO, USA

I have been a poetry therapist for nearly 20 years primarily in community-based mental health and addiction work and currently in private practice. I teach poetry therapy and its applications to helping professionals and have taught workshops through Lapidus in the U.K., as an invited lecturer in France, and throughout the United States. I have been a full-time faculty member for the past three years at Youngstown State University, where I teach social work and manage the MSW (Masters in Social Work) program. I have also taught creative writing workshops for over 30 years.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Poetry Therapy Practitioner
  • CPT/CAPF, RPT
  • Mentor/Supervisor with IFBPT for over 15 years
  • B.A. (Hons), Semiotics
  • M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) in Poetry; master’s degrees in psychology and social work
  • Ph.D., Leadership and Education
  • LISW-S, Licensed Independent Social Worker-Supervisor, Ohio
  • Certified Ericksonian Hypnotherapist

SPECIAL INTERESTS

  • Combining mindfulness meditation training with poetry and journal therapy
  • Trauma-informed care, including research with student veterans
  • LGBTPQIAA community care and treatment
  • Group work
  • Supervision and training

CONTACT

Email: mari.alschuler@gmail.com
US: (330) 550-0363
Pathways Counseling of Poland, Ohio: (330) 921-8308

Email: info@iapoetry.org

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