Certified applied poetry facilitators (CAPFs), certified poetry therapists (CPTs) and registered poetry therapists (PTRs) work in a variety of educational, clinical, healthcare and community settings. Below are just a sampling of the venues where CAPFs, CPTs and PTRs might offer groups, both during their training and after credentials are conferred.


  • Gifted and talented programs
  • After-school programs
  • Poets in the Schools programs
  • K-12 public schools
  • Charter schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Mentoring programs
  • Literacy skill development programs
  • Special education programs
  • English as a second language programs


Note that all credentialed professionals are responsible for arranging appropriate on-site supervision for their work with populations such as prisoners, homeless-shelter residents, children at risk, and any other population that require specialized skills or knowledge.

  • Library programs
  • Parks & recreation programs
  • Prisons
  • Churches
  • Community centers
  • Neighborhoods
  • Kids at risk programs
  • Homeless shelters
  • Disaster relief programs
  • Transitional housing programs
  • Welfare-to-work programs
  • Active senior programs
  • Frail elderly programs


While these groups exist in healthcare settings, some of them may also be community based. 

Note that CAPFs who choose to work in clinical settings are responsible for:
(a) making sure that jurisdictions’ laws and regulations permit them to work in these settings,
(b) adhering to all laws and regulations governing their work in these settings, and
(c) arranging appropriate on-site supervision when needed

  • Depression/anxiety groups
  • Substance abuse groups
  • Substance abuse treatment facilities
  • Eating disorder groups
  • Stress management groups
  • Post-traumatic stress recovery groups
  • Couples and family relationships
  • Communication skills development
  • Post-divorce groups
  • Grief and loss groups
  • Caregiver support groups
  • Recovery support groups
  • Rehabilitation groups
  • Cardiac rehab groups
  • Healthy lifestyle groups
  • Wellness groups
  • Stop-smoking groups
  • HIV/AIDS groups
  • Long-term chronic illness groups
  • Weight loss groups
  • Pain management groups
  • Cancer support groups
  • Stroke rehabilitation groups