Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 95–102 | Cite as

The Poetics of a “Check Out” Place: Preventing Burnout and Promoting Self-Renewal

  • Samuel T. Gladding


This article emphasizes the importance of a “check out” place within a professional therapist’s life in order to prevent burnout and promote positive wellness and self-renewal. Three time periods-past, present, and future-are concentrated on and specific metaphorical and poetic exercises that clinicians can use in dealing with each are recommended.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel T. Gladding
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  1. 1.University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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