Mazza and Hayton (2013) Poetry Therapy: An Investigation of a Multidimensional Clinical Model

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Nicholas F. Mazza and Christopher J. Hayton. The Arts in Psychotherapy. 2013; Vol. 40, No. 1: pp 53–60.


The tripartite practice model for poetry therapy developed by Mazza (2003) is composed of receptive/prescriptive, expressive/creative, and symbolic/ceremonial modes (RES). The structure of this model was investigated by means of an online survey of therapists across disciplines. Analysis of the data collected supported the components of the RES as a suitable framework for describing the range of language arts-based methods used therapeutically, and for classification of therapists in relation to this application.


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