The Healing Power of Writing A Therapist s Guide to Using Journaling With Clients

Author: Susan Borkin
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393709582
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The healing benefits of writing can support traditional therapy. While much has been written about the physical and emotional benefits of writing, little has been written specifically for mental health professionals detailing how to use therapeutic journaling with their clients. Therapeutic journaling—any type of writing or related expressive process used for the purpose of psychological healing or growth—can be an extremely helpful adjunctive therapy. When integrated into an overall treatment plan, regardless of the therapist’s clinical orientation, journaling can become a dynamic tool for personal growth and healing. The first part of this book, “Journaling and the Clinical Process,” gives an overview of therapeutic journaling and the many potential benefits from its use. It provides concrete and specific steps for introducing journaling to psychotherapy clients and answers questions about structure and logistics. For example, engaging your client in writing a biographical statement will not only help focus the treatment plan but also provide a vast amount of background information. This section also introduces two very beneficial mnemonic devices to help clients focus and organize journaling between sessions. The next section, “Presenting Problems and Journaling Solutions,” addresses nine different diagnoses and explains specifically how therapeutic journaling can be integrated into the treatment plan of these diagnoses. Key diagnoses are covered: adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, couple and relationship issues, addictions, disordered eating, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The final part of the book, “Journaling Roadblocks and Building Blocks,” addresses potentially difficult, sticky, or challenging situations regarding journaling, such as possible resistance to therapeutic journaling, privacy issues, safe boundaries, and protection of client material. Importantly, it also reviews those circumstances in which it is best not to use therapeutic journaling or when journaling is contraindicated. The author offers a program designed for therapists for creating their own therapeutic journaling practice. The Healing Power of Writing is filled with case studies, step-by-step exercises, and clear and practical guidelines for mental health professionals who want to incorporate journaling into their clients’ treatment.

Therapeutic Journal Writing

Author: Kate Thompson
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857004932
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Writing a journal is not just about keeping a record of daily events - journal writing provides a unique therapeutic opportunity for facilitating healing and growth. The author of this book guides the reader through developing journal writing to use as a therapeutic tool. Keeping a journal can help the writer to develop a better understanding of themselves, their relationships and the world around them, as well as improve skills of problem-solving, decision-making and planning. As such, journal writing can be a powerful complement to verbal therapy, offering an effective and affordable way of extending support to troubled clients. The book includes advice on working with individuals, facilitating a therapeutic writing group, proposed clinical applications, practical techniques, useful journal prompts, exercises and case vignettes. This clear guide to the basics of journaling and its development as a therapeutic medium will be a valuable handbook for therapists, health and social care practitioners, teachers, life coaches, writing facilitators and any professional seeking personal development in themselves or their clients.

Writing Works

Author: Victoria Field
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9781846425493
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The use of creative writing as a route to personal development is a powerful therapeutic tool - a fact that is recognized in the growing numbers of workshops and writing groups within professional contexts, including clinical, health and criminal justice settings. Writing Works is a guide for writers or therapists working with groups or individuals and is full of practical advice on everything from the equipment needed to run a session to ideas for themes, all backed up by the theory that underpins the methods explained. Experienced practitioners in the field contribute detailed illuminating accounts of organizing writing workshops for a wide range of different clients, together with examples of their outcomes. This book will be an invaluable start-up reference for arts therapists and professionals working across the health, social care and caring professions, and one that will be referred to again and again.

Case Documentation in Counseling and Psychotherapy A Theory Informed Competency Based Approach

Author: Diane R. Gehart
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305545125
Format: PDF, ePub
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CASE DOCUMENTATION IN COUNSELING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY teaches counselors and psychotherapists how to apply counseling theories in real-world settings. Written in a clear, down-to-earth style, the text provides a comprehensive introduction to case documentation using four commonly used clinical forms: case conceptualization, clinical assessment, treatment plan, and progress note. These documents incorporate counseling theory and help new practitioners understand how to use theory in everyday practice. Case studies illustrate how to complete documentation using each of seven counseling models. Readers also learn about the evidence base for each theory as well as applications for specific populations. Designed to produce measurable results that have value beyond the classroom, the text employs learning-centered, outcome-based pedagogy to engage students in an active learning process. Its case documentation assignments-created using national standards-help students apply concepts and develop professional skills early on in their training. When students become practicing mental health professionals they can use this book-with its practical overviews of theories, conceptualization, treatment planning, and documentation-as a clinical reference manual. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing

Author: Gillie Bolton
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846422272
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Writing is a means of making sense of experience, and of arriving at a deeper understanding of the self. The use of creative writing therapeutically can complement verbal discussions, and offers a cost- and time-effective way of extending support to depressed or psychologically distressed patients. Suitable both for health-care professionals who wish to implement therapeutic writing with their patients, and for those wishing to start writing creatively in order to help themselves, The Therapeutic Potential of Creative Writing provides practical, well tried and tested suggestions for beginning to write and for developing writing further. It includes ideas for writing individually and for directing groups, and explores journal writing, poetry, fiction, autobiography and writing out trauma, with established writers and those who have taken up writing for private enjoyment.

Expressive Writing

Author: Kate Thompson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1475807740
Format: PDF
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Therapists, coaches, healthcare professionals, and educators have known for decades that expressive writing is a powerful tool for better living. But until now, few have had access to practical applications that have proven successful. In this groundbreaking collection, you will discover how expressive writing can call us into healing community.

Poetry and Story Therapy

Author: Geri Giebel Chavis
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 9780857003119
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Poetry and short stories can act as powerful springboards to growth, self-enhancement and healing. With the guidance of a skilled facilitator, participants can engage with their own creative expression, and with that of others, and in doing so find opportunities to voice their truth, affirm their strengths, and find new ways of coping with challenges. This book explores the therapeutic possibilities of poetry and stories in turn, describing how to select appropriate works for discussion, and providing techniques for facilitating personally-relevent and growth-enhancing sessions. The author provides ideas and suggestions for personal writing activities that emerge from or intertwine with this discussion, and explains how participants can create their own poetic and narrative pieces using non-literary stimuli, such as music, photographs, paintings, objects, and physical movement. A useful appendix contains titles of individual poems, stories, and literary anthologies that the author has found particularly beneficial in her work, as well as useful further resources and contact details for readers who would like to train to be registered or certified poetry therapists or facilitators. Combining theory with innovative ideas for practical, experiential exercises, this book is a valuable tool for creative arts therapy students and practitioners, mental health and medical professionals, and anyone else interested in the healing possibilities of creative expression.

Grief Recovery for Teens

Author: Coral Popowitz
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1626258554
Format: PDF
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Did you know that grief can affect both your mind and your body? In this helpful and healing guide, the director of the Children’s Grief Connection offers practices to help you deal with the physical aspects of grief and loss. If you lose someone you love or are close to, you probably feel a number of emotions—sadness, anger, loneliness, or fear. These are all normal feelings, and it’s important that you have someone to talk to, whether it’s a family member, friend, or counselor. But did you know that grief can also affect your body? That’s because the brain and the body are much more connected than you might think. In this compassionate guide, you’ll discover how your mind can affect the way you feel physically, and discover body-oriented skills to help your body heal after experiencing loss. You’ll also find ways to relieve feelings of anxiety and confusion that can make your physical symptoms worse, and finally begin the healing process. Knowing how your body is affected by grief and loss—and what you can do to relieve the physical and emotional pain—will give you healthy coping skills to last a lifetime. This book will help you learn these skills and start feeling better in both body and mind.

Writing to Heal

Author: James W. Pennebaker
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 9781608821259
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This book takes readers through a series of guided writing exercises that help them explore their feelings about difficult experiences. Each chapter begins with an introduction that explains how to proceed with journal exercises and what they are structured to help accomplish. The exercises leave readers with a strong sense of their value in the world.