January 19 – March 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.

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Classes: (* = CEUs are available)
* PA503 – Group Process I – Kate Thompson
* PD553 – Curriculum Design – Kathleen Adams
PD554 – Marketing I – Mary Reynolds Thompson
* TW511 – Progoff – Deborah Ross
* TW555 – The Language of Life – Linda Barnes
* TW560 – Getting Unstuck: Start Your New Year Off Right! – Nancy Scherlong
* TW540 – Recon Mission – Anjana Deshpande
* TW545 – The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life – Cyncie Winter

Special Events:
* SEW17Rowe: Writing Through Grief: Another Country – Jean Rowe
* SEW17Jennings: New Year’s Resolution: Love your Body Just As Is – Jennings

PA503 – Group Process I
Instructor – Kate Thompson, MA, CJT
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.
CEUs are available
CJF Psychological Awareness Requirement
Required Text: Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, Irvin Yalom (available used on Amazon used books and other used sites. Be sure to get 5th Edition, preferably unmarked).

PD553 – Curriculum Design
Instructor – Kathleen Adams, LPC, CJT
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.
CEUs available
CJF/CJT Professional Development Requirement
Required Texts: None, Internet Reading Only
Note: This course is for 2nd year trainees who have completed their ICT and delivered at least 1 JTTS workshop. Enrollment preference will be given to qualifying trainees.

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.
CEUs are NOT available
CJF/CJT Professional Development Requirement
Required Texts: Pitch Perfect Marketing by Mary Reynolds Thompson.

TW511 – Progoff
Instructor – Deborah Ross
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.
CEUs are available
CJF/CJT/CAS Therapeutic Writing Core Requirement
Required Text: At a Journal Workshop (1992, Tarcher Edition) by Ira Progoff.
NOTE: This course is designed for trainees and facilitators who will benefit from understanding and using the Progoff method in their professional practice.

TW555 – The Language of Life
Instructor – Linda Barnes
Bill Moyers writes that “a disconnection has occurred in society in respect to history, nature, and language that makes the deep longing for each more acute, as our frenetic lives hardly allow us to slow down for sunsets, memories, or poems.” In this season of early darkness, let us slow down together to let the diverse and distinct voices of contemporary American poets speak to our common identity. These poems tell how vastly different individual experiences can echo a deeper human Being.
CEUs are available
Required Text: The Language of Life by Bill Moyers, available from Amazon.com

TW560 – Getting Unstuck: Start Your New Year Off Right!
Instructor – Nancy Scherlong
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 teaching of Pema Chodron in her book, “Taking the Leap.” Through selected readings, poems and journal prompts, we will identify 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
CJF/CJT/CAS Therapeutic Writing Elective
Required Text: Taking the Leap: Freeing Ourselves from Old Habits and Fears by Pema Chodron

TW540 – Recon Mission
Instructor – Anjana Deshpande
This course is based on an 18 month long workshop conducted for Vietnam War veterans. In this experiential course, facilitators will learn about exercises developed specifically for trauma survivors and will be able to apply them to the population of their choice. This course has been developed to assist trauma survivors do a “Recon” of their post trauma emotional landscape through writing, and gain mastery and control over it. Participants will also gain an understanding of how therapeutic writing, neuroplasticity and narrative therapy come together to create a strong base for recovery.
CEUs are available
CJF/CJT/CAS Therapeutic Writing Elective
Required Text: None

TW545 – The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life
Instructor – Cyncie Winter
In his classic book, The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life, John Daido Loori, renowned photographer and founder and abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, guides us on a journey to understand how to strengthen our artistic expression and indeed, all our endeavors, by cultivating practices central to Zen Buddhism. In this course, we will draw upon the writing process to explore and apply specific Zen practices to awaken our creativity, including still point, simplicity, spontaneity, mystery, creative feedback, and art koans, opening up the potential to meet life with “spontaneity, grace, and peace.”
CEUs are available
CJF/CJT/CAS Therapeutic Writing Elective
Required Text: The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Loori.

Writing Through Grief: Another Country
Instructor – Jean Rowe
4-week Class (January 19 – February 15)
Price – $190.00
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.
CEUs are available
CJF/CJT/CAS Therapeutic Writing Elective – 1/2 credit
Required Text: Conquering the Mysteries and Lies of Grief by Sherry Russell (either edition)
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

New Year’s Resolution: Love your Body Just As It Is
Instructor – Carolyn Jennings
4-week Class (February 16 – March 15)
Price – $190.00
New Year’s resolutions often involve changing our bodies—losing weight, “getting in shape,” chasing an illusive new physique. This class of compassionate exploration will affirm that our bodies are marvels, life forces and foundations for all experiences, not objects we can and should “fix.” Using selected readings, poems, journal prompts and discussion, we’ll put our thoughts on a diet! We’ll question the cultural body myth (and health myths), replace negative self-talk, explore being in the body rather than stuck in
the body image, and open doors to fresh thinking about living an embodied life. Our goal is ease and trust in our own skins.
CEUs are available
CJF/CJT/CAS Therapeutic Writing Elective – 1/2 credit
Required Text: None



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