To Awaken Soulfulness in the Human Voice
THE INSTITUTE FOR
Distance Learning Training Program
This three-phase distance learning training covers about two years and a half years of time and will give you the direct experience and in-depth training that can make you truly effective in the practice of poetry as healer.
While the majority of the time is distance learning via an on-line video platform, there are also four in-person cohort colloquiums that are essential to the learning experience.
Drawing upon a lifetime of experience, John Fox, CPT, along with guest instructors, will teach you how poetry as healer can act as a catalyst for your professional and personal life.
Poem-making, when approached as a healing, creative and transformational process rather than with analysis or judgment, provides an opportunity for deep inner healing. It encourages connection and meaning. This is especially true when we share this experience within a community of learners who commit themselves to empathy and respect, discernment and curiosity, self-reflection and courage
Phase One: Cohort based program.
Focused on starting and sustaining a personal practice of poetry-as-healer in the way of Poetic Medicine.
Truth is such a rare thing and it is delightful to tell it.
Elements of Phase 1 include:
A cohort is a group of students who together create a learning community. The cohort-based approach nurtures creative interaction and supports personal integration of course material. We will use as our primary text of study, Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making. Topics include:
Phase Two: Focused on learning and integrating optimum ways to practice and apply poetry as healer.
In its origin a poem is something completely unequivocal. It is a discharge, a call, a cry, a sigh, a gesture, a reaction by which the living soul seeks to defend itself from or to become aware of an emotion, an experience. In this first spontaneous most important function no poem can be judged. It speaks first of all simply to the poet himself, it is his cry, his scream, his dream, his smile, his whirling fists.
Phase 2 will include:
Each on-line session (12 in all) will focus on a particular theme related to the practice of poetic medicine. These include:
Phase Three: in-depth learning and practice.
Poetry, welcomed as a healing companion,
turns our attention to what matters most to us.
Focuses on in-depth learning— from direct experience— through the practice of poetry therapy/poetic medicine.
For those who choose to pursue the full course, Phase 3 will begin during the last sessions of Phase 2. There will be guest faculty of mentors selected from various helping fields and professions —persons skilled and practiced in the applications of poetry as healer to their field of practice. You will have the opportunity to consult with these people and learn directly from their experience and expertise. In some cases you may be able to work directly with them.
Learning and Practice
In the third phase of training, students focus on the practice of poetry therapy / poetic medicine, bringing it to a wide-range of settings. These settings could include any place or circumstance that will serve people.
Phase 3 work includes:
Guest mentors, who deeply appreciate the usefulness of poetry-as-healer, and who may, in their own way, bring poetry for healing into what they do, they will be available to you for consultation. John during his career has met and built relationships with these fine teachers and practitioners. They come from the following populations, disciplines and fields of interest:
Download PDF document here that describes Phase 3 in depth.
WHO CAN APPLY?
You can! This training will deepen and enhance the professional practice of any healing and helping profession. Individuals who are aware of the healing power of poetry will find in the course a way to help others awaken to that experience. John has worked closely with people working in education, pastoral care, hospice, medicine, cancer support, the arts, social action and psychology. The most recent cohort included students from a very wide-range of backgrounds. It is important to know that while there is something to learn that the Institute will bring, our learning is not only from the course material. What we have to learn will come from one another as well. Feeling a sense of attunement with the image of the circle is important here. The acceptance of your application will include an invitation to bring to the circle an abundance of your creative gifts and skills, your respect and a willingness to listen.
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