Training for Counselors, Teachers, and Others



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During Pongo trainings, skilled and experience Pongo Poetry Mentors 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!

Both are trainings Pongo 1.0 and 2.0 are 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 Pongo trainings 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 Pongo trainings, participants will be writing their own poetry -- but please don't feel anxious. The writing exercises in the trainings 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.

FORMAT: Due to COVID-19, all upcoming trainings will be online via Zoom.

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.

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