Training for Counselors, Teachers, and Others


Pongo Techniques for Facilitating Therapeutic Writing Through Poetry:

Next Training is Online, Saturday, October 17th, 2020

from 10am - 3pm (PST)

Click here to register.

During this training, we discuss our approach and demonstrate techniques using poetry to help distressed teens and adults 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 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: $250

SCHOLARSHIPS: To request a scholarship, please email your request to Pongo's Executive Director Barbara Green at

TECHNIQUES: Fill-in-the-Blank; Classroom/Group Writing with List Poems

TEXT: Training registrants are highly encouraged to buy our core training text, "Writing with At-Risk Youth: The Pongo Teen Writing Method" (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2014) on Amazon. It's written by Pongo's Founder and Executive Director, Richard Gold, and it's an essential field guide to running your own therapeutic poetry project.

FILMING: October 17th's training will be recorded for educational purposes. By registering, you give Pongo approval to record this event, still and/or moving images from which may appear in printed materials or digital channels for archival, educational, or promotional purposes.

Date: October, 17 2020

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time

Online Platform: Zoom. Click here to register.

Tentative Schedule: Click here to view.

Workshop leaders:

  • Kiana Davis (Pongo Board Member)
  • Ann Teplick (Pongo Project Leader)
  • Shaun McMichael (Pongo Program Manager)

 We look forward to working with you. Feel free to get in touch with any questions by emailing