The Power of Writing

A one-day workshop with Kathleen Adams LPC
Registered Journal Therapist and Master Mentor/Supervisor

An essential one-day seminar for behavioral health/health care professionals on using journal writing as a dynamic therapeutic tool. Your presenter, Kathleen Adams, is a living master in the field of journal therapy and, with Dr. Ira Progoff and Dr. James Pennebaker, is considered one of the leading theorists.   This seminar may be privately booked in your own city; contact us.

In this course:

  • Discover fourteen different writing techniques designed to achieve specific therapeutic outcomes for clients with mood disorders, relationship problems, self-esteem issues, substance abuse, traumatic stress and more
  • Learn how the “journal ladder” helps match a journal technique with the client’s capacity to master it
  • Discover which journal therapy interventions to offer clients with low literacy, resistance to writing, cognitive impairment, or limited time
  • Discover seven troubleshooting tips for therapists
  • Learn how to shift affect, cognition and behavior in only a few minutes of writing
  • Learn about the studies that have been done on writing and healing
  • Discover groundbreaking strategies from Kathleen Adams, one of the three top theorists in the field of journal therapy

The Power of Writing
In this era of shrinking benefits and slashed budgets, therapists must help clients find ways to become more self-reliant. Journal writing is simple, accessible, inexpensive and available to nearly anyone. Most mental health professionals agree that writing down thoughts and feelings in a notebook or on a computer screen can be a helpful adjunct to therapy. Many advocate that their clients keep journals during treatment. However, very few clinicians have learned the tools, techniques and strategies that will transform the everyday diary into a powerful therapeutic tool.

In this course, one of the pioneers of the therapeutic writing movement offers the theory and practice of journal therapy through lecture, discussion, case study and experiential learning. Participants find these methodologies easy, enjoyable, effective and immediately useful.

What You Will Learn

  • Practice and apply journal therapy interventions designed to address specific therapeutic tasks
  • Assess how to match a journal intervention with a particular client population or presenting problem
  • Incorporate into therapeutic writing treatment the vital journal tools of  structure, pacing and containment
  • Identify and avoid seven common mistakes made by therapists working with client journals
  • Assess when journal therapy interventions may not be appropriate for particular clients or therapeutic tasks
  • Adapt and apply journal interventions to a variety of clinical populations
  • Increase comfort and confidence levels in the use of the journal as a therapeutic tool

Appropriate For:

  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Art Therapists
  • Play Therapists
  • Group Therapists
  • Cognitive/Behavioral Therapists
  • Addictions Counselors
  • Hospice Counselors
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Pastoral Counselors
  • Juvenile Guidance Counselors
  • Youth Pastors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Therapeutic Writing Group Facilitators
  • Journal Writers

Cities: Call 303.209-9599 (Center for Journal Therapy) to discuss a seminar in your area.

Distance Learning: This course will soon be available as an online independent study.

To book Kathleen Adams for a Power of Writing workshop in your own community, you will realistically be able to enroll 15-20 therapists who want a hands-on, practical, experiential training in the use of the personal journal as a tool in the therapeutic relationship.

Hours: Friday (or Thursday), 7-9 pm; Saturday (or Friday), 9:30-4:30.

Cost: $3200, which includes transportation from Denver, lodging, meals, and incidentals. This breaks down to approximately $160-215 per person for 15-20 people. In rare cases, travel surcharge may apply if transportation and lodging costs exceed $1,000. If necessary, this will be negotiated at time of contract.

Venue: Booking party is responsible for arranging suitable venue. Some office buildings have classrooms.

Continuing Education:  The Center for Journal Therapy has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #5782. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Journal Therapy is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

This program earns 8 CE hours upon completion.