Poetry as a Tool for Wellness

Peer Facilitator's Manual & Training

Poetry and poem-making are compelling and effective tools in the journey toward wholeness. Poetry as a Tool for Wellness (PATFW) is based on 17 years of groundbreaking work integrating poetry and poem-making into mental health and wellness programs. These skills-based sessions offer participants a safe and creative circle in which to explore themes vital to wellbeing.

Poetry as a Tool for Wellness provides instruction at three donation levels: 1) training webinars with accompanying manual; 2) manual only as both printed and e-book; 3) manual only as e-book. Also, we offer a free training webinar ahead of the scheduled trainings to help you gauge your interest.


Manual Includes:


8-weeks of Themed, Skills-Based Sessions

Man hand with pen writing on notebook.

Quotes, Poems, Discussion Questions, & Activities

Fountain Pen on Written Page

Suggested Scripts & Actions

Female african-american speaker giving presentation in hall at workshop. Audience or conference hall. Rear view of participants in audience. Conference event, training. Education, diversity, inclusive concept.

Bonus Celebratory Poetry Reading


Additional Tools & Resources

Online Facilitator Training Programs

2021 Online Training Programs

Register for a free introductory webinar to get an overview for the Manual and Training Program.


"I very much enjoyed Poetry as a Tool for Wellness.
The presentation structure worked very well for me. The detail on set-up and facilitation seemed well-conceived and validated by use over time. I hope to pilot its use with a group in time, when things settle down a bit...
or maybe in the midst of all of this."

~ Barbara Harris
Palliative Care Chaplain 
Vancouver, WA 


"As a first time participant with Poetry as a Tool for Wellness, I was encouraged and supported by the facilitator training process. The poetry writing exercise on the first day of training came just as I had learned of the impending death of a very close friend. I experienced first-hand the healing power of this process and am eager to share this program with others."

~ Barbara Jean-Kubik
Sister of Notre Dame de Namur
West Hartford, CT

"Completing the course meant that I now have the increased confidence and belief that I have what it takes to guide others to use poetic medicine as a way of looking after their own mental health as well as making time to nourish their own creative spirit. I also appreciate the ongoing, online support from John Fox, the IPM and peer facilitators. I am ever so thankful for this sense of belonging and connectedness that I have experienced with this community."

~ Francis Lee
Educator & Life Story Coach
Brisbane, Australia
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