Poetry as a Therapeutic Aid (International)

Poetry as a Therapeutic Aid (International)

Uplift mental wellbeing through the undefined, open space of poetic inquiry

Self-care has become a trend of sorts but the fact is one of the earliest ways we discover how to truly care for self was in the company of books, especially poems. When the mind’s scaffolding feels like it is on the verge of detonating to smithereens, a poem can uplift and piece you together with a steadfast hug that offers space to be without having to define. In an essay about medical humanities, Belinda Jack asserts that ‘The poem can also be read as an allegory of other kinds of separation or loss that are part of life.’ The idea central to this course is to explore and uplift mental wellbeing through poems, to find ways of breaking through the isolation by anchoring in possibilities a poem affords through companionships of varied colours, textures; a necessary plurality in face of being alone and unrecognizable. People often talk about ‘the poetry cure’, but what does this mean in practice? Poetry is not a medical science. And alternative approaches, often employing the language of mental ‘wellness’, are often either varnished with dispensable euphemisms or coloured with slurs in common conversation. The truth is: we are still learning how to speak about it in open, honest and unapologetic terms, and narrative therapy has flourished because it continually allows survivors to write their own stories that, in their own way, act as a tender revolution.

5 fortnightly sessions over 10 weeks. No live chats. Suitable for UK & International students.

More information about how all our online courses work can be found on the Online Courses page.

A 10% discount is available to residents local to the Poetry School (anyone currently living in Rotherhithe, Riverside, Surrey Docks, South Bermondsey, Grange or Livesey).
Please contact administration@poetryschool.com for further information.
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About Scherezade Siobhan View Profile

Scherezade Siobhan is an award-winning Indo-Roma writer, psychologist and community catalyst who founded and runs The Talking Compass–a therapeutic space dedicated to providing counseling services and decolonizing mental health care. She is the author of two previous books, Bone Tongue (Thought Catalog, 2015) and Father, Husband (Salopress, 2016). Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Medium, Berfrois, Feministing, DIAGRAM, Rattle, Jubilat, DATABLEED, Nat Brut, and Winter Tangerine, among others. She is the creator and curator of The Mira Project, a global dialogue against street harassment, gendered violence and in support of women’s mental health. She has performed and lectured across the world; her poems and essays are taught at psychology and creative writing courses in various parts of the world.

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