Poetry Therapy as a Tool for Strengths-Based Practice

Rich Furman, Eleanor Pepi Downey, Robert L. Jackson, Kimberly Bender


This article explores the congruence between poetry therapy and the
strengths perspective of social work. It demonstrates the ways in which poetry therapy
is consistent with the strengths perspective and discusses methods for its utilization
in direct practice settings. Case examples are provided to help the practitioner
learn how to utilize poetry therapy with clients from diverse backgrounds. As a tool
in strengths-based practice, poetry and poetry therapy can help empower clients and
help to focus practitioners on clients’ capacities and resilencies. This article seeks to
expand upon the growing literature of strengths-based social work, addressing how
the theory can be applied to clinical practice situations.


Poetry therapy; strengths perspective; social work practice

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