Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 155–160 | Cite as

Poetry as a Therapeutic Tool Within an Adolescent Group Setting

  • Pamilla Juanita Cohen-Morales


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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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pamilla Juanita Cohen-Morales
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KansasUSA

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