Organizations

American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama was founded in 1947, and publishes The Journal of Group Psychotherapy as well as holds annual conferences. The purpose of the society include fostering the national and international cooperation of those concerned with the Training is offered throughout the country at various institutions. It is the pioneer membership organization in group psychotherapy and continues to be a source and inspiration for ongoing developments in group psychotherapy, psychodrama, and sociometry. http://www.asgpp.org/

Amherst Writers and Artists Institute. Amherst Writers & Artists, founded by writer Pat Schneider in 1981, offers creative writing workshops and retreats for both established and beginning writers in affiliated workshops across the around the world. Amherst Writers and Artists Press publishes a national literary journal, Peregrine, and has released over 20 books. Amherst Writers and Artists Institute is an outreach program for low-income and underserved populations. http://www.amherstwriters.com/

Appreciative Inquiry resources: This metholodgy and approach is effective for catalyzing arts-based community building, change and dialogue.  Please see www.aiconsulting.orgwww.appreciativeinquiry.case.edu (particularly the site that features the “best of” IA websites — www.appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/community/link.cfm),  www.appreciativeinquiry.org, or www.appreciativeinquiryunlimited.com

Art and Healing Network. Arts and Healing Network is an on-line resource celebrating the connection between art and healing. Our web site serves as an international resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art, especially environmentalists, social activists, artists, art professionals, health care practitioners, and those challenged by illness. Our hope is that the information presented here will educate and inspire. http://www.artheals.org/

Arts in Therapy. The Arts in Therapy Network is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing an online community for Creative Arts Therapists (CAT) and those who are interested in the Healing Arts. http://www.artsintherapy.com/

ArtslynxInternational. This extensive portal to many arts-related activities has a large section on writing and poetry, including organizations, literary journals, writing tools and resources, and poetry resources. http://www.artslynx.org/

Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Premier website for creating, publishing, developing and disseminating writing from Asian Americans. http://www.aaww.org/

Center for Autobiographical Study. The Center for Autobiographical Studypromotes the knowledge, appreciation, creation and preservation of contemporary autobiographic works. These works may be written for self-understanding, for preserving family and cultural history, or for pooling the wisdom to be gained from diverse individuals’ life experiences. This is also the site of author Tristine Riener. www.storyhelp.com

Community Arts Network. Resources for arts and community activism, including essays, news, conversations and more. http://www.communityarts.net/

Community at Work: Resources, strategies and tools for community building and faciitation. www.communityatwork.org

Creative Aging, Inc.: The National Center for Creative Aging offers an online training kit for teaching artists (ranging across all artistic forms), and have a conference each year in the spring.

The Dialogue Project: Interfaith dialogue tools with special programming, using the arts, to create “speaking across difference” dialogues.  Programming includes bringing together immigrants with long-time residents, university and interfaith projects. www.thedialogueproject.org

Each One Reach One: This organization focuses on supporting young people at risk through writing workshops, mentorship and other resources in the Bay area. www.each1reach1.org

International Association of Journal Writing:We’re here to help you write, write in your own voice, and write more deeply. We’ll help you stick with your journal writing. Once you are a member you’ll find that you are learning ways to keep your journal writing fresh and your momentum high.  In short, we’ll help you juice up your journaling!

International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus. Services, courses, publications and more on facilitation, consensus, meetings, conflict and negotiation. http://www.iifac.org/

Institute for the Healing of Memories: The Institute for Healing of Memories-North America (IHOM-NA)* is an affiliate of the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa founded by Fr. Michael Lapsley to promote healing and reconciliation in the post apartheid years. Since that time, it has served people in religious communities and nonprofit service organizations across the United States who suffer the pain of discrimination, marginalization, and other traumas large and small. These include war veterans, immigrants and refugees, offenders who may be still incarcerated or have been recently released, victims of domestic violence, and those living with disabilities.

Laguna Writers. This site features workings and consultations available through a group of Laguna, CA. writers. www.laguna-writers.com

Lapidus. Lapidusis a membership organization, established in 1996 in the United Kingdom to promote the use of the literary arts – that is: reading, writing and performing of poetry, prose, fiction or drama; storytelling; journal writing – for personal development. Its members include writers and poets, librarians, medical and healthcare professionals, therapists and service users, academics, teachers and those having a general interest in the field. Lapidus holds an annual conference in the United Kingdom, sponsors regional groups, and partners with Health Authorities, medicine, libraries, formal and informal education and voluntary services to promote the use of the literary arts. http://www.lapidus.org.uk/

Log Cabin Literary Center. From its home in Boise, Idaho, this center provides writers-in-the-schools programs, writers in clinical settings also, a reading series, premier summer writing camps for youth and many other resources for writers and communities. www.logcablit.org

The National Association for Drama Therapy, founded in 1979, is the systematic and intentional use of drama/theatre processes and products to achieve the therapeutic goals of symptom relief, emotional and physical integration, and personal growth. Drama therapists are trained in theatre arts, psychology, psychotherapy and drama therapy. Areas of study include improvisation, puppetry, role-playing, mask work, pantomime, theatrical production, psychodrama, developmental psychology, theories of personality, and group process. All students of drama therapy must complete supervised clinical internships with a broad range of populations. http://www.nadt.org/

The National Association for Poetry Therapy & the National Association of Poetry Therapy Foundation: The National Association for Poetry Therapy, founded in 1981, reports most of its 380 members are in the psychology, education, nursing, rehabilitation, or social work fields. NAPT focuses on the poetic power of language to bring healing, growth, transformation and empowerment. Poetry therapists work with all manner of populations – the elderly, children, people with mental or physical illnesses, people in transition of all kinds, at-risk as well as mainstream populations. NAPT publishes a journal, and holds an annual conference. NAPT also publishes a quarterly newsletter, The Museletter, and The Journal of Poetry Therapy. The NAPT Foundation provides scholarships for the NAPT conference for U.S. and international poetry therapy students and professionals.

National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy: “Incorporated in 1983, the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy sets standards of excellence in the training and credentialing of practitioners in the field of biblio/poetry therapy and authorizes qualified individuals to practice as mentor/supervisors. We maintain and distribute a Guide to Training Requirements, serve as a clearinghouse for questions about professional training requirements and trainers, approve applications for both training and credentials, and confer credentials on qualified trainees.” NFBPT awards thre certifications: Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator (CAPF), Certified Poetry Therapist (CPT) and Registered Poetry Therapist (PTR).

The National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapists Association is a coalition of expressive arts organizations, including NAPT and NADT, plus some of the more traditional expressive arts therapies (dance, music and art therapies). Founded in 1979, NCCATA is an alliance of professional associations dedicated to the advancement of the arts as therapeutic modalities. NCCATA represents over 8000 individual members of six creative arts therapies associations. Each member association has established professional training standards including an approval and monitoring process, a code of ethics and standards of clinical practice, and a credentialing process. Annual conferences, journals, and newsletters for each association foster professional development, as well as educate the public and allied professionals about each discipline. Although unique and distinct from one another, the creative arts therapies share related processes and goals. Participation in all the creative arts therapies provides people with special needs ways to express themselves that may not be possible through more traditional therapies. http://www.nccata.org/

National Intensive Journal Program started by Ira Progoff, one of the pioneers of writing therapy, in 1977, which supplies over 100 trained and certified leaders to conduct Intensive Journal workshops around the world. The leaders mostly work in psychology and counseling. http://www.intensivejournal.org/

National Network of the Arts in Healthcare: This UK-based organization has many resources for people involved in the arts for healing and health. www.nnah.org.uk

National Storytelling Network and International Storytelling Network: NSN is a member driven organization that offers direct services, publications and educational opportunities to several thousand individuals, local storytelling guilds and associations to enhance storytelling at all levels. It sponsors the National Storytelling Conference; StoryNet, the NSN website, a magazine, a storytelling directory, and the annual Tellabration. ISC is focused on the advocacy of storytelling as an art form that brings positive change in all areas of human endeavor. ISC is building the National Storytelling Center, a center dedicated to conserving the history of storytelling, hosting a resource center and performance facility. NSN also has a grants program to fund storytelling projects. National Storytelling Network, 1-800-525-4514; 423-913-8201; nsn@storynet.org or http://www.storynet.org/. InternationalStorytellingCenter; 1-800-952-8392; 423-753-2171; http://www.storytellingfoundation.net/.  Healing Arts Special Interest Group of the National Storytelling Network is an organization of storytellers, therapists, health care professionals, clergy, community organizers, educators and youth workers who value the use of storytelling as a healing art. 1-800-525-4514 or http://www.healingstory.org/ 101 Courthouse Square, Jonesborough, TN 37659.

The New York City Veterans Oral History Project: This community-based project was supported by volunteer interviewers who recorded the personal accounts of American war veterans in neighborhoods around the city so that future generations may begin to understand an important part of history from the people who lived it.  These interviews also helped springboard a series of Fall 2013 veterans programs.

Peace Corps Writers. A site that collects stories of Peace Corps volunteers all around the world over many decades, also great resources for writers in general. www.peacecorpswriters.org

Playback Theater Network. TheInternational Playback Theatre Network, provides connection and information for Playback practitioners on five continents Playback Theatre is used in educational, therapeutic, social change, and arts settings, either as performance, with a company of trained actors and a defined audience; or as a group event led by an individual, in which participants become actors as well as tellers for each other. Playback Theatre companies now exist in many localities, usually calling themselves after their town, such as Melbourne Playback Theatre, or Köln Playback Theatre. Playback companies now exist on five continents. The International Playback Theatre Network was founded in 1990 to support Playback activity throughout the world. As of 1999, the IPTN has 70 company and 200 individual members from 26 countries. For links to many PT companies and other information about Playback, see the home page at  http://www.playbacknet.org/

Playback School: All kinds of workshops and classes, plus other resources on Playback Theatre are available here. www.playbackschool.org

Poetic Diversity: An on-line zine and resource center for poetry in all its diversity. www.poeticdiversity.org

Poetic Medicine: Information on the workshops and publications of John Fox and others plus poetry, articles, and  more. www.poeticmedicine.org

Poetry Society of America.The premier poetry association with lots of links to conferences, workshops, publications and much, much more. http://www.poetrysociety.org

Poets and Writers. This site sponsors a magazine, Poets and Writers, the leading journal of its kind for creative writers; an online database of American poets and fiction writers, advice on many topics related to writing, links to over 1,000 websites of interest to writers, and a message forum; literary events in various states each year; and other resources. http://www.pw.org/

Process Work Institute: Classes and resources on conflict resolution and process work in organizations, businesses and individuals. www.processwork.org

Purple Pens for Survivors of Sexual Violence: Purple has many cultural meanings, ranging from royalty to domestic violence. Our color purple is the color of survival and, like a purple heart, pride at having survived. There is honor in survival. Join others who are speaking out to end the silence and eliminate shame around sexual violence. The goals of Purple Pens workshops are to eliminate stigma, share testimony, encourage activism, and provide resources around sexual violence awareness and prevention (STAR).

Renaissance Muse.Coaching, workshops, retreats, inspiration and more, including Appreciative Inquiry and narrative therapy processes for organization and community transformative projects, on establishing a transformative language arts practice with Yvette Hyater-Adams, MA-TLA. http://www.renaissancemuse.com/

SASE. An organization that focuses on the spoken word and writing for youth, and helps writers and artists support themselves. Lots of good information on working with teens and poetry slams. http://www.saseonline.org

Society for Arts in Healthcare. Founded in 1991, the Society for the Arts in Healthcare is dedicated to promoting the incorporation of the arts as an integral component of healthcare by: 1)Demonstrating the valuable roles the arts can play in enhancing the healing process; 2)Advocating for the integration of the arts into the environment and delivery of care within healthcare facilities; 3) Assisting in the professional development and management of arts programming for health care populations; 4) Providing resources and education to healthcare and arts professionals; and 5) Encouraging and supporting research and investigation into the beneficial effects of the arts in healthcare. http://www.societyartshealthcare.org/

Sol & Soul: Arts for Social Change. Art resources, including news, artists available, calendar, how to get involved and more.http://www.solysoul.com/

Story Bird: Create, read and share individual stories in this innovative web community.

Story Circle Network. An organization of women who want to explore their lives and souls by exploring their personal stories.Many resources, including lifestory briefs, journals, interviews, reading resource sand more. http://www.storycircle.org/

The Storycorps. An amazing site that tells the story of and showcases stories of people all over the country who interview family, friends and neighbors in either a mobile story booth, or at Grand Central Station in NYC. The site includes information about job openings, volunteer opportunities, how to record your own story or interview another (including an interviewing kit) and of course amazing stories to hear! This organization is based on the 1930s WPA project. www.StoryCorps.net

The Taos Institute. Training in appreciative inquiry and using narrative for social change. http://www.taosinstitute.net/

Teaching Poetry. This extensive site is full of lesson plans, writing tips, exercises, and encouragement for teaching poetry at all levels. www.teaching poetry.org

Teachers & Writers Collaborative. The Teachers & Writers Collaborative was founded in 1967 by a group of writers and educators who believed that writers could make a unique contribution to the teaching of writing. A nonprofit organization, T&W provides workshops for over 30,000 students per year in the New York tri-state region and publishes an impressive catalogue of creative writing titles. T&W also sponsors an educational radio show, Everything Goes?, a free after-school spoken word program, Urban Word NYC, and a literacy initiative for teen mothers, Read to Me. www.twc.org

Transformative Language Arts concentration at Goddard College: The only TLA MA program is a low-residency concentration, part of Goddard College’s Individualized MA program.  TLA students in this 48-hour (four semester) program work from their home communities to further develop themselves as writers, storytellers, performers, etc. as well to establish community work based in TLA.  Graduates work as performers, workshop facilitators, activists, educators, writers, and community leaders.  www.goddard.edu

Transformative Language Arts Network: This non-profit organization is devoted to growing transformative language arts as a profession, a calling and field, and particularly looking at writing, storytelling and performance in relation to social change, narrative medicine, engaged spirituality and right livelihood. The TLA Network provides resources, support, on-line classes, and The Power of Words: A Transformative Language Arts Reader. It also hosts the Power of Words conference and the One City One Prompt project (in which communities around the world write, tell stories about or perform together their response to a theme, such as “what does community mean to you?”). The TLA Network is in the process of beginning an online journal on the practice and theory of using words aloud or on the page for social and individual change. Members receive discounts on classes, the conference, and new members receive a copy of The Power of Words.

Transformative Mediation is a conflict resolution and dispute mediation training that serves as an alternative to traditional mediation by helping participants design and communicate their stories to one another. HofstraUniversitySchoolof Law, 121 Hofstra University, Room 104, Hempstead, NY 11549 516/463-0500.  http://www.transformativemediation.org/

Veterans History Project: The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Women Writing For (a) Change: This organization provides a safe and non-competitive environment for individuals to develop their writing skills, cultivate their creativity and strengthen their voices.  At WWf(a)C, our writers, whether first-timers or the more experienced, find community, connection and meaningful conversation within our writing circles.

The World Cafe hosts dialogues on global stewardship and other issues of concern, and it offers tools for people to engage in dialogues that matter with family and community.  It brings together people form six continents in lively, well-facilitated conversations.  www.worldcafe.com

Writers-in-the-schools. This organization provides programs in over 350 schools, and has developed a great deal of material and initiatives nationally to train writers in the schools. www.writers-in-the-schools.org

Writers of Color. Writing on Reality and Dreams (WORD) was established to cultivate Writers of Color and Culture (including African American, Native American, Latino, Black, and Asian writers) and to provide support and networking opportunities for writers, editors, screenwriters, spoken word artists and other creative wordsmiths in realizing their personal goals and dreams. WORD was also established to empower minds through literacy and to host forums and events that will showcase the work of artists. http://www.writersofcolor.org/

Writer’s Digest. The very extensive website of Writer’s Digest magazine also offers books, bookclubs, courses and workshops, information on writing and publishing, and many links arranged by genre. http://www.writersdigest.com/

Young Poets. A Canadian organization focused on spoken word and youth. http://www.youngpoets.ca/