Welcome to the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.


Incorporated in 1983, the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy sets standards of excellence in the training and credentialing of practitioners in the field of biblio/poetry therapy and authorizes qualified individuals to practice as mentor/supervisors. We maintain and distribute a Guide to Training Requirements, serve as a clearinghouse for questions about professional training requirements and trainers, approve applications for both training and credentials, and confer credentials on qualified trainees.

What does this mean for you?

Your title of certified applied poetry facilitator (CAPF), certified poetry therapist (CPT) or registered poetry therapist (PTR) announces to the professional community that you have been trained in an area of specialty and have earned your place with your peers in the creative arts therapies. Your credentialed status can enhance opportunities for employment and compensation in such established occupations as social work, psychotherapy, psychiatric nursing, library science, education, ministry, and rehabilitation.

What is in these pages?

On our site, you'll find a wealth of resources including definitive answers to your training questions, information about approved mentor/supervisors, a frequently updated resource bibliography, links to other relevant sites, and the official NFB/PT Guide to Training in Biblio/Poetry Therapy, available to you as a download or in hardcopy.

Renewing Credentials? Visit our professional practice section to find what you need.

Visit our Renewing Credentials page to find guidelines for renewing your credentials, download forms, pay your renewal fees, purchase the mentor/supervisor training video, and much more.

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We hope our site provides all the information you need about prerequisites and requirements for training and credentials. Please contact us with any other questions you may have about this growing field.