Poetry as a Therapeutic Tool Within an Adolescent Group Setting
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Creating poetry can be a therapeutic method of allowing deeprooted feelings and experiences to be expressed. When the creation of poetry can be shared within a group context it can enhance the experience for all members, helping to provide cohesion and acting as a catalyst. The techniques discussed in this paper include: introducing poetry, teaching methods of writing poetry, having members bring a song or poem that they found to have personal relevance, and finally writing poetry within a group and discussing emotional issues raised by the poems. Through this process group members learn a new way of self-expression and find the experience therapeutic.
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