Upcoming Winter Term: January 14 – March 9, 2016

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)
* TW511 – Progoff – Rae Hight
* PD553 – Curriculum Development – Kay Adams
PD554 – Marketing I – Mary Reynolds Thompson
* PA503 – Group Process – Instructor TBD
* TE551 – Fearless Creating – Cyncie Winter
* TW539.1 – The Body Electric: Celebrating You – Jean Rowe
TW596 – Story is Our Medicine – Barbara Stahura
* TW539 – Writing and Meditation – Holly Makimaa

Special Events:
* SEW16Rowe: Writing Through Grief – Jean Rowe
* SEW16Scherlong: Getting Unstuck: Start Your New Year Off Right! – Nancy Scherlong

TW511 – Progoff
Instructor – Rae Hight
The work of Dr. Ira Progoff is foundational for anyone studying the theory and practice of therapeutic writing. The Intensive Journal method is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most enduring personal growth tools available today. In this depth class you’ll explore, through guided book discussion and the creation of your own Progoff journal, the writing processes and techniques that comprise the basic Intensive Journal method. Topics studied include Period Log, Daily Log, Dialogue Dimension and Life/Time Dimension. CJF Requirement.
CEUs available
Required Text: At a Journal Workshop (1992, Tarcher Edition) by Ira Progoff available at Amazon.com.

PD553 – Curriculum Development
Instructor – Kay 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. CJF Requirement.
PLEASE NOTE: This class is for trainees who have been in the program for at least 1 year or who have approval to take it earlier. Please do not sign up for this class if you are a new student.
CEUs available
Required Texts: None

PD554 – Marketing I
Instructor – Mary Reynolds Thompson
The vast majority of “solo-preneurs” in the therapeutic writing professions have had little, if any, training in how to market themselves and their work. Our resident guru, a former marketer for Harrods of London, breaks it down and makes it manageable and — dare we say it? — even fun! This class is best taken when you are ready to actualize steps toward a for-profit business venture leading workshops, teaching classes, offering sessions, etc. CJF Requirement.
CEUs are NOT available
Required Texts: Pitch Perfect Marketing by Mary Reynolds Thompson available HERE

PA503 – Group Process
Instructor – TBD
Therapeutic writing is often best achieved in groups, yet few practitioners have specifically developed skills in group facilitation. Using the quintessential book in the field of group process, Irvin Yalom’s Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, this class serves as a first course for developmental practitioners and a review for licensed clinicians or credentialed coaches. You’ll develop the confidence and theoretical competence to responsibly facilitate groups for healing and change. CJF Requirement.
CEUs are available
Required Text: Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, FIFTH EDITION, Irvin Yalom (available used through Amazon.com used books & other used sites. Be sure to get the 5th Ed., preferably unmarked.)

TE551 – Fearless Creating
Instructor – Cyncie Winter
Eric Maisel’s excellent book, Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art, provides grounded tools for navigating the creative process and retaining personal sanity. Through the writing process, we will investigate Eric’s Six Stages of the Creative Process—Wishing, Choosing, Starting, Working, Completing, and Showing—and learn how to manage the natural anxieties that accompany those stages. How do we feed our creative desire? Create in the midst of our busy lives and establish an ongoing creative practice? Summon up our courage to create, despite our doubts and judgments? Join us as we plumb the depths of Maisel’s expertise as an international creativity coach and prolific author, to encourage, enrich, and sustain creativity in our lives.
CEUs available
Required Text: Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art, available through Amazon.com

TW539.1 – The Body Electric
Instructor – Jean Rowe
Learn techniques for recognizing messages we’ve internalized, making friends with our bodies as we are right now, rebuilding relationships with love, sex and intimacy as three separate but connected parts of ourselves, crafting plans of self-care and love. Join us as we explore, with hope, how to differently communicate with our bodies in a loving, present and accepting way.
CEUs are available
Required Text: None

TW596 – Story is Our Medicine
Instructor – Barbara Stahura
“What is your medicine”? I was asked
“Story. Story is my medicine,” I answered.
–Deena Metzger, Entering the Ghost River

Our lives are stories composed of the millions of experiences, sensations, thoughts, and feelings we began gathering even before birth. We live that story as it shapes our sense of self and becomes the “I” we know so well. Our story changes over our lifetime, caused by any number of things from the monumental to the minute (however we define them). So if we are to move forward and thrive once again, we must find ways to adapt and re-envision our story over time. Fortunately, story is also the medicine we can use to create it. In this class, we’ll experience the ways in which journaling can help us envision and birth our new story by exploring acceptance, resilience, obstacles, hope, gratitude, and more.
CEUs are NOT available for this class
Required Text: None

TW539 – Writing & Meditation
Instructor – Holly Makimaa
Back by popular demand and extended to 8-weeks! Journaling offers a safe place to explore the boundaries and landscape of one’s mind. Mindfulness techniques help individuals to expand beyond these limits to the mystical realities that underlie all human experience. Through complementary journaling and mindfulness exercises, you’ll be gently guided to bring present-moment awareness and expansive insight to life’s journey.
CEUs available
REQUIRED TEXT: Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, available at Amazon.com.

Special Event Class:
Writing Through Grief
Instructor – Jean Rowe
4-week Class (Feb 11 – March 9)
Price – $180.00
Experiencing grief can feel like we are traveling in a foreign land. We are in a different zone; the food tastes different; our sleep clock is off. We don’t feel like ourselves. The faces of grief are strange but familiar. Losses we grieve can be literal or symbolic. Join us on a journey to explore what we know, what we think we know and what we can learn about, with, and through grief.
NOTE: If you have experienced significant loss within the last 3 months, we gently ask that you not register for this class at this time.
CEUs available
Required Text: Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief by Sherry Russell (either edition) available at Amazon.com

Special Event Class:
Getting Unstuck: Start Your New Year Off Right!
Instructor – Nancy Scherlong

4-week Class (Jan 14 – Feb 10)
Price – $180.00
Are you being held back by old habits and fears – in your personal or professional life or both?  Grab your journal and take this journey with us, as we use the wise teachings of Pema Chodron in her book “Taking the Leap.”  Through selected readings, poems and journal prompts, we will identify how and where we get “hooked” by self-blame, negativity or fear and cultivate open-heartedness, acceptance and the courage to “stay” with our experience. CEUs are available.

Required TextTaking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves From Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron available at Amazon.com


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