Lorrieann is part of our Creative Kinections Institute faculty and teaches our Poetry Therapy class for our Creative Arts Therapy Course
Lorrieann Geyer has been an instructor at a private therapeutic high school the past eight years. During this time she has completed her M.A. in Special Education in 2017 with honors. Her thesis was entitled “The Effects of Reading and Writing Poetry on Self-Esteem” and has been under the supervision of Dr. Sherry Reiter, Ph.D., PTR/MS, RDT/BCT.
Lorrieann has been working with a population of young people who struggle with mental and emotional disorders. She has seen Poetry and Literature as a vehicle for social and emotional learning. The young people receive validation in a non-judgemental setting and become more willing to share their thoughts and opinions. She has facilitated poetry groups at the Edna Mahan women’s prison and found very similar results. The women were eager to share their emotions through their poems and enjoyed reading the poems chosen for the group. Lorrieann sits on the National Association of Biblio and Poetry Therapy as Academic and Outreach Chair. She is a life long learner who inspires others with words; “To know better is to do better” by Maya Angelou. We can all do better and begin with kindness to ourselves and others.