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Treat Anxiety, Trauma, Addiction & Depression Through Bibliotherapy
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$199.99 USD
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
2/8/2018 - Available Now for Pre-Order
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Demonstrate both prescriptive and expressive techniques to treat depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and bereavement.
  2. Apply journaling techniques to track and regulate client’s emotions.
  3. Employ the principles of transformative writing in treatment for greater neural integration, more flexibility of thought, and greater range of emotion.
  4. Implement simple writing exercises for treatment of emotional regulation and anchoring.
  5. Use poetry reading and journaling in treatment to balance your client’s emotions.
  6. Implement Bibliotherapy techniques in therapy to strengthen the observing ego which leads to new perspectives, behaviors and insights.
  • Bibliotherapy: The Power of Poems, Stories and Journaling
    • The Magic Word Toolbox: Connection and attachment through words
    • The Poetic Prescription: Theories and concepts
    • Neuroplasticity: Inspire, fire, and re-wire for change and self-efficacy
    • Neuroscience and the biology of story
    • Dazzle the brain with poetic device for new neural pathways
  • Poetry Therapy
    • Metaphor, the Shorthand of the Soul and Language of the Subconscious
    • Theme extraction: Create a meaningful focus
    • Principles of transformative language
    • Factors that are in every session
    • Build your own anthology of powerful therapeutic poems
  • Poetry Therapy in Action: Experiential Activities
    • Word-mapping: Identify emotions, thoughts and galvanize creativity
    • The Word Bowl: Introduce play, fun, and curiosity into therapy
    • Five important questions to move your client forward
    • Case study: Janet’s severe depression
  • Journaling Therapy
  • Vital ingredients to effect change and self-efficacy
  • The Journal Ladder: Structure, containment and organization
  • Immediate anchoring in the present moment
  • Externalization to develop the observing ego
  • Edit negatives into positives
  • Sunbursts: Harness your client’s strengths
  • Journaling Therapy in Action: Experiential Activities
    • Guidelines for effective journal writing
    • The power of inklings
    • Alphapoems, Pantoums and Haikus
    • Dialogue: The integration of sub-selves or parts
    • Case study: Pete’s PTSD
  • Story Therapy
    • Reframe the narrative: From pain to power
    • Build skills of narrative competency
    • Eliminate roadblocks: Shaming, blaming and inauthentic gaming
    • The Heroic Journey: A quest for the integrated self
    • Externalize the enemy: Why we need demons, witches, and warlocks
    • The enchantment of fairy tales: From bread crumbs to diagnostic indicators
    • Existential crossroads: Death, radiant moments and the inability to fail
    • Assessment tool: Five criteria for story selection
  • Story Therapy in Action: Experiential Activities
    • Just who do you think you are? Your story
    • Sparkling moments to move the narrative toward positive self-image
    • Story prescriptions: Depression, anxiety, trauma, recovery, bereavement
    • Tiny tales of wisdom in your chest pocket
    • Case study: Kathy’s shame and anger


    Sherry Reiter, PhD, LCSW, PTR-M/S, RDT-BCT, Registered Poetry/Mentor-Supervisor (PTR-M/S) and Registered Drama Therapist/Board Certified Trainer (RDT-BCT), is an international speaker and author of Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing (North Star Press, 2009). As director of The Creative Righting Center, Dr. Reiter mentors helping professionals here and abroad. She is creator of Poets-Behind Bars. Dr. Reiter is a three-time national award winner for her visionary work in bibliotherapy, and was chosen as Teacher of the Year for Touro College in 2009. She has been teaching Poetry Therapy for the Helping Professional at The New School for Social Research and Hofstra University for over 35 years. Dr. Reiter was a key force in the creation of The National Association for Poetry Therapy, and The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy, as well as on the steering committee of The National Association of Drama Therapy.

    At 17, Dr. Reiter facilitated her first writing group with the elderly. She was astonished when Emma, who was 88, started to cry as she shared her writing: “All night long/the rain lashed at my window/and I was afraid.” Wherever Sherry worked – in locked psychiatric wards, recovery centers, group homes, recreation centers and schools – from the young to the old, people responded to word play, literature, and story with tears, laughter, and renewed hope. In the 70’s Sherry learned there was a little-known field called poetry therapy. She devoted the next four decades learning, teaching and training helping professionals to incorporate transformative language into their work.

    Speaker Disclosures:

    Financial: Sherry Reiter is the director for The Creative Righting Center. She is an associate professor for Touro College. Dr. Reiter is an author for North Star Press and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

    Non-financial: Sherry Reiter is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
    Continuing Education Credits

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    CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements.

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    **Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

    Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Creative Arts Therapists, Addiction Counselors, Nurse Practitioners, Chaplains, Hospice Workers, Gerontologists, Educators, School Guidance Counselors