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This course demonstrates how expressive writing can be useful for personal exploration. Engaging the imagination helps reveal unclaimed dimensions of emotional experience. Writing activities show how spontaneous expression can help us gain compassionate perspectives towards ourselves and others.
Focus is on methods of encouraging participants to write freely. We will discuss how writing encourages healing through increasing confidence and self-acceptance. The ongoing practice of reflective writing can be a major aid in finding personal fulfillment.
The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in writing or psychology.
Recognize how the unconscious can be evident in reflective writing.
Select helpful methods of acknowledging individual perspectives.
Discern how the inner life can be enriched through expressive writing.
Identify strategies for introducing writing activities into psychotherapy.
The material is presented at an introductory level, requiring no background in mythic studies, narrative theory, or Jungian psychology.
The following CE credits are available:
Psychology, MFT, LCSW, NBCC, Nursing : 4 CE hours
Most teachers must get credits approved by their school administration. Center courses meet the requirements in most states. Contact us if you need more information about receiving credit in your state.
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These courses are offered online via Zoom meeting.
Anne Bach, M.S., MFT is a specialist in uses of writing in psychotherapy and personal exploration. She has led groups in a variety of clinical settings -- and has been a presenter on the psychological uses of writing at major conferences. She is also a noted literary consultant and has done trainings for professional writers in film, advertising, and creative non-fiction. Her artful facilitation of writing exercises provides a comfortable forum for reflection.
This day includes support from Jonathan Young, PhD, psychologist.
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Chavis, Geri (2011) Poetry and Story Therapy: The Healing Power of Creative Expression. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley
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