UPCOMING SPRING 2018 TERM:
April 5 – May 31, 2018

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)
* PD553 – Curriculum Development – Kathleen Adams
* TW513.1 – The Adams Method – Carolyn Koehnline
* TW595 – Your Brain on Ink – Deborah Ross
* PA501 – Psychology of Differences – Elaine Brooks
* TW522 – Writing and Healing – Nancy Scherlong
* TW550 – Intro to Poetry Therapy – Nancy Scherlong
TW480 – Folktales and Journaltales – Hannah Merin
TW485 – Expand Your Writing with Art – Anne-Marie Jobin


PD553 – Curriculum Development
Instructor:  Kathleen Adams
You’ll first learn the four stages of therapeutic writing groups, then an easy, effective method for creating an “arc” of sessions designed for any audience or theme you choose. The end product? A 6-8 week curriculum of your own design for a therapeutic writing workshop/class. This is a laboratory-style class where interactive learning includes offering critique and feedback on other students’ work, and receiving critique/feedback on your own work. Required for CJF.

This class is for trainees who have been in the program for at least 1 year. We also recommend that trainees have completed the ICT and have taught at least 1 JTTS Workshop prior to taking this class.
CEUs are Available
Required Text: Required Text: None, Internet Reading Only


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 are Available
Required Texts (2)The Way of the Journal and Scribing the Soul by Kathleen Adams, available in our Bookstore.


TW595 – 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 are Available
Required Texts: Your Brain on Ink by Deborah Ross and Kathleen Adams, available through Amazon.com.


PA501 – Psychology of Differences
Instructor – Elaine Brooks
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 are Available
Required Text: None; Internet Reading


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 are Available
Required Text: Writing as a Way of Healing by Louise DeSalvo, available on Amazon.com HERE


TW550 – Intro to Poetry Therapy
Instructor – Nancy Scherlong
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 are 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 edition. Available from Amazon.com.


TW480 – Folktales and Journaltales
Instructor: Hanna Merin
We received such great feedback from the 4-week version of this class, that we asked Hanna to expand it to 8-weeks! In this course we will explore the benefits of using tales as a compass that lead us to the stories we‘ll never forget, the stories we keep hidden, and the stories we forgot and never went back to. Telling our stories in writing is not only recalling and remembering; it is also re-exploring, re-embracing, re-telling and ultimately healing. Writing our stories from the here-and-now often yields a more mature, more compassionate and stronger, perspective. This course will open a door to a better understanding of the meanings and structures of the folktales, while being inspired to recall and re-tell our own narratives. We will then be able to make the transition from being listeners of folktales, to the tellers of our own tales.
CEUS are NOT available
Required Text: None


TW485 – Expand Your Writing with Art
Instructor:  Anne-Marie Jobin
Using art in simple ways in our journal can give us access to information we can’t find with words alone. Through the language of colors, lines, shapes, symbols and images, art can connect us more directly to our intuition and subconscious. Combined with writing, it increases the connections within the brain, which fosters creativity and insight. In this class we will look at simple ways to add visual elements to a written page, explore different kinds of collages, get comfortable expressing ourselves with drawing, and learn a wide variety of techniques to open windows in our pages that transform into something healing. You will be invited to get into right-brain mode, explore spontaneously, dive deeply and also to play! No art skills necessary.
CEUS are NOT available
Required Text: The New Creative Journaling Booklet (information on how to order will be included in your Registration Confirmation email)

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