Upcoming Fall Term:
September 21 – November 15, 2017

All classes are delivered online, and cost $360 (special event prices are noted). CJF/CJT/CAS trainees receive the discounted price of $310. Classes eligible for CEUs offer 16 hours of continuing education for counselors upon verification of satisfactory course completion and submission of course evaluation. See below for CE details.

MORE ON CEUs: The Center for Journal Therapy is an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for programs that meet NBCC requirements. Programs for which NBCC-approved clock hours will be awarded are identified with an asterisk (*). These courses are taught by licensed or licensure-prepared mental health professionals. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. Participants are responsible for checking with their state’s licensing board for their discipline to ensure that National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) continuing education is accepted.

Classes: (* = CEUs are available)
* TW512 – The Pennebaker Method/Intro to Research – Deborah Ross
* PA502 – Basic Facilitation Skills – Nancy Scherlong
PD525 – Writing Through Transitions for Facilitators – Leia Francisco
* TW596 – Writing as Mindfulness Practice – Deborah Ross
* PD514 – Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice – Linda Barnes
* TW537 – The Write Way to Wellness – Nancy Scherlong
TW415 – Zen Tales and Journaltales – Hanna Merin
* TW523.1 – The Power of Memoir – Linda Joy Myers

Special Event:
SEF17Cooper: Accessing the Great Work of Your Life

TW512 – Pennebaker Method/ Intro to Research
Instructor:  Deborah Ross, CJT

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.
CEUs Available 
Required Text: Writing to Heal, James W. Pennebaker, available in our BOOKSTORE.

PA502 – Basic Facilitation Skills
Instructor:  Nancy Scherlong, CJT
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.  CEUs Available
Required Texts (2)Becoming Naturally Therapeutic by Jacquelyn Small and The Gift of Therapy by Irvin Yalom, available at Amazon.com

PD525 – Writing Through Transitions for Facilitators
Instructor: Leia Francisco, CJF
This popular class trains you in the fundamentals of facilitating transitions writing for groups or individuals in a variety of life changes. The class also covers special challenges such as pinging transitions, career transitions, and exploring creativity and wisdom. You will experience the class as a transitions writer and as a facilitator. This is training that can be used throughout life. Completion of the Level One class is required for the advanced Level Two class, which leads to the designation of Transitions Specialization upon completion of the TWI certification.
CEUs are NOT available for this class.
Required Text: Writing Through Transitions: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes, (workbook) by Leia Francisco, available at leiafrancisco.com. Facilitation Guide is distributed during the first week of class.

TW596 – Writing as Mindfulness Practice
Instructor: Deborah Ross, CJT

Join us at the intersection of eastern spiritual traditions and modern neuroscience as we practice Mindfulness with our pen and journal. Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention that invites greater well-being through grounding, centering and stabilizing. It is the superhighway to the installation of neural pathways for our well-being. If you don’t have a mindfulness practice, this course will help you develop one that uses writing as the primary modality. If you already have a mindfulness practice, this course will add dimensions and depth to your results.
CEUs Available
Required Text: How to Train A Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness by Jan Chozen Bays, available at Amazon.com.

PD514 – Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice
Instructor: Linda Barnes, CJT

The inaugural book in Kay Adams’ ten-volume expressive writing series articulates nine approaches to therapeutic writing that each represent the foundations of standards-based practice in the field. This visionary yet entirely pragmatic work offers perspectives and voices of eight master teachers on using therapeutic writing for developing emotional intelligence, assimilating and integrating acquired wisdom, and actualizing potential–key components for healing, growth, and change.
CEUs Available.
Required Text: Expressive Writing, Foundations of Practice by Kathleen Adams, Editor. Rowman & Littlefield (order from the publisher using discount code RLEGEN16 for 20% off, 800-462-6420).

TW537 – The Write Way to Wellness
Instructor: Nancy Scherlong, CJT
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.
CEUs Available
Required Text:  
Write Way to Wellness: A Workbook for Healing and Change with companion CD by Kathleen Adams,available in our BOOKSTORE.

TW415 – Zen Tales and Journaltales
Instructor: Hanna Merin, CJF
In this 8-week course, we will use Buddhist and Zen tales (or stories) to inspire our journal writing. Participants will have the opportunity to practice how to use a tale to create meaningful springboards into their inner self to inspire and stimulate their journal writing. Using the tales as meditation, we will Explore, Experience and Express new ways to use the written word as a magic wand to self expression.
CEUS are NOT available for this class.
Required Text: None

TW523.1 – The Power of Memoir
Instructor:  Linda Joy Myers, Ph.D.
In this class, you’ll learn how to apply an 8-step plan regarding how a memoir can be woven together. You’ll see how writing your truths and shaping your narrative can propel you toward life-changing discoveries. Tips, techniques, and tools will help you learn how to apply what you learn to your own personal or group work. Your personal writing will remain private. You will be asked to reflect on how your writing affects you and what you learn. These reflections form the basis for your own techniques and ideas to share and to teach to others.
CEUs Available.
Required Text: The Power of Memoir Writing:  How to Write Your Healing Story by Linda Joy Myers available at Amazon.com.


Accessing the Great Work of Your Life
Instructor:  Linda Cooper, CJF
4-Week Class (Oct. 19 – Nov. 15)
Price – $190.00

Have you ever felt a sense of restlessness, feeling lost, as if you are not living the life you were meant to live?  Do you have a feeling of discontent, or an inner prompting that is nudging you towards making a change in your life, but you are not sure what your next step is? In the ancient Yogic tradition, it is believed that there exists an inner possibility within every human soul and that each person has their own unique Dharma (meaning vocation, calling, path, truth). Let’s explore together, through selected readings, writing exercises and conversation, how to access our own deepest truth, to discover our own Dharma which will lead us to the Great Work of our Lives.
CEUs NOT available
Required TextThe Great Work of Your Life – A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope available at Amazon.com


CJF/CJT/CAS Students: Register Here
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