Upcoming Spring Term: April 2 – May 27, 2015

All classes are delivered online, and cost $345 (special event prices are noted). CJF/CJT/CAS trainees receive the discounted price of $295. 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)
* TW513.1 – The Adams Method – Rae Hight
* TW595 – Your Brain on Ink – Deborah Ross
* PA501 – Psychology of Differences – Nancy Scherlong
* PD586 – Therapeutic Journal Writing in Professional Practice & Self-Care – Kate Thompson
* TW522 – Writing & Healing – Rae Hight
TW596 – Women & Money – Leia Francisco
* TW550 – Intro to Poetry Therapy – Susan DeWardt
TW535.1 – Reclaiming the Wild Soul: An Exploration of Earth’s Archetypes – Mary Reynolds Thompson

Special Events:
* SESP15Ma: Writing the Shadow – Linda Joy Meyers
* SESP15Mb: Writing the Light – Linda Joy Meyers

TW513.1 – 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 two of her books: The Way of the Journal, and Scribing the Soul.
CEUs available
Required Text: The Way of the Journal & Scribing the Soul by Kathleen Adams available in our bookstore.

TW 595 – Your Brain on Ink
Instructor – Deborah Ross
Neuroscience is now confirming what research has shown for nearly 30 years: Therapeutic writing has positive effects on health, mood, and behavior. This class explores the powerful interaction between writing and the new, emerging brain science. You’ll learn and practice a toolbox of techniques, strategies, and experiences to inform your work with clients/students/groups–while perhaps creating some new neural pathways of your own!
CEUs available
Required Text: TBD

PA501 – Psychology of Differences
Instructor – Nancy Scherlong
This survey course on contemporary issues in mental health is designed to raise awareness about the prevailing causes, responses and treatment of mood disorders, traumatic stress responses, disorders of childhood/adolescence/the elderly, dysfunctional family of origin issues, sexual identity, etc. Required for CJF unless transferred or waived.
CEUs available
Required Text: None, Internet Reading

PD586 – Therapeutic Journal Writing in Professional Practice & Self Care
Instructor – Kate Thompson
Journal writing provides a unique therapeutic opportunity for facilitating healing, growth and understanding and can be used in conjunction with other interventions or as a stand-alone modality. It can also become a significant part of practitioner self-care, self-supervision and reflective practice. This course guides you through the stages and applications of journal writing as a therapeutic tool in professional practice. It is suitable for people working in both clinical (counselors, social workers, therapists, nurses, doctors) and non-clinical (coaches, teachers, creative writing facilitators) By sharing experience and ideas we will work towards a model of best practice to take the work back into the world.
CEUs available
Required Text: Therapeutic Journal Writing by Kate Thompson available on Amazon.com.

TW522 – Writing & Healing
Instructor – Rae Hight
A fascinating and inspiring approach to journaling and creative writing for healing. We will be using Writing as a Way of Healing, a literature professor’s scholarly exploration of the personal healing work of famous diarists and novelists, as the foundation for exploration of your own process. Students will have the opportunity to practice other creative expressions, such as collage and art work, as prompts for writing. We will begin the course with guidelines for safe writing, including breath work, and establish a process journal that will be used during the course and may be continued with future/ongoing creative work.
CEUs available
Required Text: Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo available on Amazon.com.

TW596 – Women & Money
Instructor – Leia Francisco
Money is a highly charged topic for many women. In fact, money may be the last taboo for women’s sharing of their stories. Through specific writing strategies, participants will gain clarity into their own money history & behavior, particularly their challenges. Through reflection and writing, participants will explore how to improve & rewrite part of their own money story & how to help others do so. The class is based on a respect for every woman’s money story: her strengths, success, challenges, gaps, disappointments, and desire for having a healthy relationship with money. The final 2 weeks of class will include a reflection paper.
CEUs not available
REQUIRED TEXT: Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, by Kate Levinson, PhD. Available at Amazon.com. Some supplemental material will be posted.

TW550 – Intro to Poetry Therapy
Instructor – Susan DeWardt
with Kay Adams
This course explores the many ways that the interactive use of poetry can help navigate the human journey. Students will learn the leading theoretical model of poetry therapy to address universal life experiences, assess poems for use in personal growth contexts, participate in self-reflective writing experiences, and engage in classroom discussions designed to stimulate a deeper look at one’s own writing process.
CEUs available
Required Text: Biblio/Poetry Therapy: The Interactive Process: A Handbook, 3rd Ed., by Arleen Hynes & Mary Hynes-Berry, North Star Press, 2012. Must use 3rd ed. Available from Amazon.com

TW535.1 – Reclaiming the Wild Soul: An Exploration of Earth’s Archetypes
Instructor – Mary Reynolds Thompson
This course introduces participants to five landscapes of the Earth—deserts, forests, oceans and rivers, mountains, and grasslands—as apects of our own psyche and souls. Together, these Earth archetypes can form a vibrant foundation for self-discovery in the therapeutic writing practices. Participants will bring a current personal or professional life challenge to the journey in order to see how the landscapes can be used as a template for self-exploration.
CEUs are not available
Required Text: Reclaiming the Wild Soul: How Earth’s Landscapes Restore Us to Wholeness by Mary Reynolds Thompson available from Amazon.com

Special Event Class:
Writing the Shadow
Instructor – Linda Joy Meyers
4-week Class (April 2 – April 29)
Price – $180.00
Shadow and light are often viewed as aspects of the spiritual journey. Focusing on these aspects of our life journey can offer us new insights to how we have lived, faced darkness, and moved forward into other stages of our lives. You may want to explore these aspects of your life as part of a spiritual memoir, exploring the layers of your nature, the events and moments that shaped you in ways that promoted your growth, but also seriously challenged you.

The research on writing and healing shows that it is helpful to explore, in a shaped and contained context, these moments, as we search for a deeper meaning about the past and search for balance and redemption.

We will look at how the shadow can be defined in this context, and write some of the stories you may have not yet explored looking through the lens of shadow and light. We’ll explore the hero/heroine’s journey, dark nights of the soul, and the intergenerational shadows we may have inherited.
CEUs available
Required Text – None

Special Event Class: Writing the Light
Instructor – Linda Joy Meyers
4-week Class (April 30 – May 27)
Price – $180.00
Most of us think that writing about the “light” in our lives would be easier than writing about the Shadow/darkness, but this is not true for everyone. Those who have been challenged with tragedy and loss can find it hard to bring forward the moments and stories that were lighter, either in the sense of happier or in the spiritual context of “enlightened”. We will look at the contrasts of dark and light in your life, find moments of awe and wonder, and explore the moments that transformed you. Topics of forgiveness and self- and other-compassion will be explored to highlight the moments that have helped you survive and thrive.
CEUs available
Required Text – None


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