March 30 – May 24, 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.

** Do you already know what class you want to register for?  Go to the bottom of this page for a link to Registration >>


Classes: (* = CEUs are available)
* TW513.1 – The Adams Method – Carolyn Koehnline
* TW595 – Your Brain on Ink – Deborah Ross
* PA501 – Psychology of Differences – Nancy Scherlong
PD563 – Social Networking for Beginners – Heather Severson
* TW522 – Writing and Healing – Nancy Scherlong
TW561 – Writing Through Menopause – Linda Cooper
* TW550 – Introduction to Poetry Therapy – Susan DeWardt/Kay Adams
PD530 – Writing Through Transitions for Facilitators II – Leia Francisco

Special Event:
SESp17Merin: Folktales and Journaltales – Hanna Merin

TW513.1 – The Adams Method
Instructor – Carolyn Koehnline
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 and 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:  Your Brain on Ink by Deborah Ross and Kathleen Adams available in our bookstore.

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

PD563 – Social Networking for Beginners
Instructor – Heather Severson

Social Media doesn’t have to be scary! Learn some simple strategies to incorporate social networking into your business promotion and outreach efforts. Explore the reasons why social media is so compelling for people in our business. Experiment to see which social networks might be right for you. Establish personal guidelines to evaluate the return on your social media efforts. Finally, begin the work of promoting your professional practice. We will do some hands-on work on the following platforms: Blogs, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. We will also discuss other options that might be suitable for participants’ work. If you have a bit of social media experience, but need a refresher or some intermediate-level challenges, this course is right for you, too!
CEUs NOT available
Required Text:  None

TW522 – Writing and Healing
Instructor: Nancy Scherlong

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.

TW561 – Writing Through Menopause – A Facilitator’s Guide to Writing Through the Change

Instructor: Linda Cooper, CJF
Learn the facilitation skills to celebrate this most profound next chapter. Whether for yourself or for your clients, through selected readings and writing prompts, we will explore this most creative stage of life as we learn how writing through the transition of menopause helps us to embrace this change. We will learn how to dialogue with our body’s wisdom, and use the gift of its teachings in order to create a most adventurous next chapter.
CEUs NOT Available.
Required Text: The Wisdom of Menopause by Christiane Northup, available on Amazon.com

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

PD530 – Writing Through Transitions for Facilitators II
Instructor: Leia Francisco

This class expands concepts in the Writing Through Transitions for Facilitators and leads to the designation of Transitions Specialization when you complete the TWI certification program. You will deepen your knowledge of transitions and transition writing as a facilitator or coach. You will design your own transition workshop. You will receive expert support from the leader, flexibility in your reading and design of materials, and the support of other knowledgeable peers. Completion of all the requirements for the Transitions Specialization recognizes your commitment and professional depth in transition writing experiences. This class will be an enjoyable, challenging, and creative experience.
CEUs NOT Available.
Required Text:
Writing Through Transitions: A Guide for Transforming Life Changes, by Leia Francisco available at leiafrancisco.com.

Please Note: You are eligible for this class if you are a TWI Trainee or Graduate. Prerequisites are Curriculum Design, Basic Facilitation Skills as well as Writing Through Transitions I.

Folktales and Journaltales
Instructor: Hanna Merin
4-Week Class – April 27 – May 24
Price – $190.00
We will dive into the world of folktales while exploring the emotional benefits of using them in group workshops. This course will teach techniques and provide content that will help participants build a full circle and lead them to become the journal-tellers of their own tales. Our soul can be described as a quilt of narratives told by us to ourselves. This course will open a door to a better understanding of the meanings and structures of folktales and will inspire us to recall and retell our own narratives. We will then be able to transition from being listeners of folktales, to tellers of our own stories.
CEUs NOT available.
Required Text: None



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