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The paper explains how poetry therapy can help the elderly express themselves and identify inner feelings, while also helping practitioners become more empathetic. The paper identifies the features of poetry therapy that help to explain its efficacy, the general goals of poetry therapy and the four stages that typically develop in the interactive process of working with poetry. The paper points out that the focus of poetry for healing is self-expression and growth of the individual, and not the quality of the poetry itself.
From the Paper:"Besides the elderly, poetry therapy has also been used to good effect with children as well as with poor and oppressed populations (Furman, Langer & Anderson, 2003). Furthermore, the elderly have benefited from poetry therapy in different clinical settings, including hospices and medical facilities (Furman et al.). The beneficial effects of poetry therapy also extend to helping practitioners themselves become more empathetic and reflective (Furman et al.). In addition, poetry therapy can be used with a broad range of applications with people of all ages and is typically employed to promote health and maintenance; such techniques have also been used to good effect with individuals receiving treatment for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and substance abuse (Thompson, 2003). According to Thompson, poetry therapy has also been found to be effective in the treatment of military veterans, adolescents, learning disabled patients, dysfunctional families, inmates undergoing rehabilitation, the physically challenged, and survivors of violence, abuse, instances of incest as well as the elderly."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bolton, G., Field, V. & Thompson, K. (2006). Writing works: A resource handbook for therapeutic writing workshops and activities. London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Bolton, G. (1999). The therapeutic potential of creative writing: Writing myself. London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Furman, R., Langer, C. L. & Anderson, D. K. (2006). The poet/practitioner: A paradigm for the profession. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 33(3), 29-30.
- Hynes, A. M., & Wedl, L.C. (1990). Bibliotherapy: An interactive process in counseling older persons. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 12(3), 288-302 in Thompson at p. 129.
- Thompson, R. A. (2003). Counseling techniques: Improving relationships with others, ourselves, our families, and our environment. New York: Brunner-Routledge.
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Poetry Therapy and the Elderly (2010, November 03) Retrieved March 29, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/poetry-therapy-and-the-elderly-145334/
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