Upcoming Fall Term: September 26 – November 20 CLOSED

CJF/CJT/CAS Students: Register Here
All other New and Returning Students: Register Here

All classes are 8 weeks. Cost is $325 ($275 for CJF and CAS students). Each class offers 16 hours of NBCC-approved continuing education for counselors. Many social work boards and some psychology boards accept NBCC-approved CEs. HOWEVER, please check with your state licensing board to ensure they will accept NBCC CEs.

PD534.2 – Visual Journaling: Beyond Words – Susan de Wardt- CLOSED
TW512 – Pennebaker Method/Intro to Research – Jean Rowe, LCSW- CLOSED
TW513 – The Adams Method – Rae Hight- CLOSED
TW592 – Writing the Sacred – Linda Barnes- CLOSED
PA502 – Basic Facilitation Skills – Jane Pace- CLOSED
TW532 – Writing from the Natural World – Mary Reynolds Thompson- CLOSED
TW537 – Write Way to Wellness – Rae Hight – CLOSED
SEFALL13 – Writing through Transitions – Leia Francisco – CLOSED

Visual Journaling: Beyond Words

Instructor: Susan de Wardt
Explore the potential of color and visual imagery as alternatives to language. This class integrates art and contemporary journal practice, providing an intensive individualized experience in using art for self-expression and for group process. By the end of the course, participants will be able to create visual journal pages, apply art techniques to a regular journal practice, understand and resolve fears related to personal creativity & use metaphor and symbol for self-expression.
Required Text: NONE

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Pennebaker Method/Intro to Research
Instructor: Jean Rowe
Dr. James W. Pennebaker is the preeminent researcher in the field of therapeutic writing. This class incorporates guided writes based on the Pennebaker emotional release model and also offers an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research, including how to find and describe studies to include in your presentations.
Required Text: Writing to Heal by James W. Pennebaker, available HERE

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The Adams Method
Instructor: Rae Hight
Kathleen Adams is considered a
primary theorist in the field of journal therapy, along with Ira Progoff and James W. Pennebaker. You’ll read, discuss and write from three of her books: The Way of the Journal, The Write Way to Wellness and Scribing the Soul. (Note: The Write Way to Wellness is also offered this term as a full 8-week experiential elective. It is recommended that the two courses not be taken at the same time.)
Required texts: The Way of the Journal, The Write Way to Wellness, & Scribing the Soul, all by Kathleen Adams and available HERE

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Writing the Sacred
Instructor: Linda Barnes
Every spiritual tradition has its own collection of sacred writings. Beginning with the Judeo-Christian perspective, we will explore other cultural approaches and practice writing our own sacred poetry in the spirit of Native American, African, Islamic, and other styles. What can we learn from others’ sacred traditions that can inform and inspire our own writing? Poems of praise, petition, thanksgiving, and questioning will be discussed.
Required Text: Writing the Sacred: A Psalm-inspired Path to Appreciating and Writing Sacred Poetry, by Ray McGinnis, available from Amazon.com HERE

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Basic Facilitation Skills
Instructor: Jane Pace
This course teaches basic facilitation skills, but it’s more than just skill-building. It also delves into the philosophy of facilitation, including the orientation of service, when and how a facilitator utilizes her/his own self in process work, the role of supervision and the use of the journal in self- or peer-supervision, and numerous tips of the trade. Guest appearances by Kay Adams, offering on-line facilitation skills. Limited to CJF trainees, unless prior permission of instructor is granted.
Required Texts: Becoming Naturally Therapeutic by Jacquelyn Small (available from Amazon.com HERE & The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom, 2009 edition, (available from Amazon.com  HERE)

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Writing from the Natural World
Instructor: Mary Reynolds Thompson
What if the primary text of the world is the world itself? What if every lichen-covered stone and caroling creek could help us understand who we are and how to live? In this course we will go to nature with a listening spirit, open to its meaning and messages.
Required Text: None

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Write Way to Wellness
Instructor: Rae Hight
Living a balanced and healthy life begins with self-awareness and empowerment. Write Way to Wellness, based on Kay Adams’ workbook, provides a unique and foundational approach that creates the opening to this inner wisdom. Through focused journaling techniques and shared discussions, this course weaves writing, drawing and guided imagery in a fluid and engaging presentation. Together, we will explore what it means to live fully in body, mind, emotion and spirit.
Required texts: The Write Way to Wellness, by Kathleen Adams and available HERE

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Writing Through Transition for Facilitators
Instructor: Leia Francisco
This is a facilitator’s, coach’s or therapist’s dream class! At the end of this course, you will have a complete facilitation plan, tips and strategies for conducting your own transitions writing workshop. Given the complex and rapid nature of change today, you need powerful tools to help your clients manage major transitions. You will study the stages of psychological transitions and how each stage can add to self-discovery. You will also use specific writing tools for navigating change and exploring the creative potential of transitions.
Required Text: Writing Through Transitions by Leia Francisco and available HERE

CJF/CJT/CAS Students: Register Here
All other New and Returning Students: Register Here