"Poems and Metaphors on the Ward: a Workshop for Health Workers" is a workshop aimed at helping health professionals coming all over the world to reflect on death-related themes using literary works.
In this non-judgmental place, the necessary will be just a computer and the desire to connect with others through the path of creativity.
Poetry therapy is a type of art-therapy aimed at using oral or written language to enhance individuals, couples, families and groups well-being.
This will be a 1 hour and a half experiential workshop that will follow the RES model (composed of receptive/prescriptive, expressive/creative, and symbolic/ceremonial modes) of Nicholas Mazza, Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Florida State University and president of the National Association for Poetry Therapy.
Participants will read and reflect on poetries about loss and death and will have the opportunity to write collaborative and individual poems.
Furthermore, there will be extended use of metaphors, specifically as a tool to express our inner feelings.
The facilitator is Nicole Bizzotto, an Italian would-be poetry therapist with a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Psychology (Italy) and a Master of Science in Health Communication (Switzerland) and many years education in art-therapy and drama-therapy. She is Scientific Advisor of Mille Gru, a cultural association based in Milan, whose aim is to develop and spread poetry therapy in Italy. Nicole is an author in Mille Gru’s ezine of Poetry therapy where she interviews experts of this discipline from all around the world.
The co-facilitator is the Italian Michele Corengia, currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation on the use of art and marketing in end-of-life treatments.