Training for Counselors, Teachers, and Others


Pongo Techniques for Facilitating Therapeutic Writing:
Next Training is a Webinar on May 16, 2020


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Though typically limited to Seattle, our day-long 2020 Spring training will be offered as a webinar, so we can all Stay Home and Stay Healthy due to COVID-19 / coronavirus concerns.

In this webinar, we would like to discuss our approach and show you our techniques using 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.

 More information will be forthcoming about the webinar's online platform. If registrants decide online learning is not for them, we will respect that decision and will refund all purchases.


COST: The cost of the workshop is $250.


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. 

Once you've purchased it, forward your receipt to Shaun McMichael at , and we will credit you $25 off your registration. 


SCHOLARSHIPS: Thanks to a generous sponsor, Pongo is able to offer a number of scholarships that reduce the cost to $100. You can make a request for a scholarship when you email us your registration form, below.



Date: May 16, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM, approx.

Webinar Platform: TBD

Workshop leaders:

  • Richard Gold (Executive Director)
  •  Ann Teplick (Pongo Project Leader)
  • Shaun McMichael (Pongo Program Manager)



1.) Complete the registration form below:



[ 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?



Please share with us any concerns you have about online learning: 



 2.) Make a Payment

Payment is required to complete registration! If you are NOT requesting a scholarship, please make a payment of $250. If you are requesting a scholarship, please make a payment of $100.

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.

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



  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


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