Training for Counselors, Teachers, and Others


Pongo Techniques for Facilitating Therapeutic Writing:
Next Seattle Training is Saturday, May 7, 2016


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Pongo offers a one-day training in our approach and techniques. We would like to show you how to use poetry to help distressed teens understand and express their important issues and feelings. This is exciting and rewarding work!

The training is intended to help anyone start a full poetry project on the Pongo model in an agency, school, or institution. In addition, the training can be used to help counselors and teachers incorporate Pongo methods into their ongoing work with both individuals and groups. As a follow up to this training, we also offer free phone consultation and advice to the participants. 

We recommend that you attend the Pongo training with a colleague, so that you can work as a team eventually and support one another in learning and doing this sensitive work. 

As part of the training, participants will be writing their own poetry -- but please don't feel anxious. The writing exercises in the training will follow the Pongo philosophy and are fun and easy. The process of writing poetry is the best way to understand fully the advantages of the Pongo Method.

COST: The cost of the workshop is $130, which includes a copy of Richard Gold's book "Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method" (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2014), a $30 value. Thanks to a generous sponsor, Pongo is able to offer a number of $80 scholarships, which reduces the cost to $50 (and still includes a $30 book). You can make a request for a scholarship on your registration form, below. The registration form should be copied and pasted into an email. All registration fees must be paid to complete the registration. Please email us with any questions. The email address is

Here are the workshop info, tentative schedule, and registration form, below.


Date: May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Location: 2100 Building, the Art Room
Address: 2100 24th Ave S, Seattle

Workshop leaders: Richard Gold (Pongo founder), Eli Hastings (Pongo assistant director), and Ann Teplick (Pongo project leader).


  9:00 - Purpose and context
  9:30 - Participant introductions
10:00 - Trauma, narrative, and poetry
10:15 - Special role of the writing mentor
10:30 - Poetry immersion / "List Poem" technique
11:30 - Explanation of Pongo approach
12:30 - Lunch (BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH!)
  1:15 - Introducing poetry to youth
  1:30 - "Taking Dictation" technique 
  2:45 - "Fill-in-the-Blank" technique
  3:30 - Organization of a Poetry Project 
  4:00 - Q&A / Discussion about Pongo methods and
            the issues of initiating a writing program
  4:45 - End

[ Copy into an email, and send to  . ]

Agency (if applicable):

Briefly, what is your personal interest in poetry?

Briefly, how will you use the workshop information to help teens?

Are you requesting a scholarship?

Payment is required to complete registration! If you are NOT requesting a scholarship, please make a payment of $130. If you are requesting a scholarship, please make a payment of $50. To make payment, go to Pongo's "Donate" page and click the yellow "Donate" button. Pongo will send a personal email confirmation of your registration after both the registration form and payment are received. (You can also pay with a check payable to "Pongo Publishing," sent to the address is below.)

Again, feel free to get in touch with any questions!

     Pongo Publishing
     4701 SW Admiral Way, #308
     Seattle, WA  98116