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Journaling II: Directed Exercises in Journaling

Lisa M. Schab, MSW, LCSW

CE Credit: 4 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

This course is designed for the practitioner who would like to use journal-writing exercises with clients as an adjunct to traditional psychotherapy, and would like some topic ideas to suggest, rather than limiting writing only to the technique of “freewriting.” It is suggested, although not mandatory, that the practitioner has already completed the course #20-13, “Writing It Out: Journaling as an Adjunct to Therapy.” That course lays the basic foundation for understanding the benefits of journaling and how it can best be used with clients. It also teaches a number of basic writing techniques. Journaling II presents a brief overview of “freewriting,” as well as 36 directed exercises divided into three phases. It also offers interpretive questions coordinating with each exercise and an explanation of the use of a behavior log as a journaling exercise.

Closeout Course #40-03 | 2005 | 41 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Distinguish between freewriting and directed journaling exercises
2. Select six exercises that can be used with clients as tools for self-awareness and self-exploration
3. Describe a clinical situation for which a Phase 1, 2, and 3 exercise would be appropriate
4. List the three basic rules for keeping a behavior log
5. Identify five questions that can help clients learn more from what they have written
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology (CE Broker Provider #50-1635).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Lisa M. Schab, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in the greater Chicago area. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interpersonal communication from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in clinical social work from Loyola University.  Ms. Schab is the author of fourteen self-help books including Writing it Out: Self Awareness and Self-Help through Journaling; The Anxiety Workbook for Teens; Beyond the Blues; The Divorce Workbook for Children; Cool, Calm, and Confident; The Bulimia Workbook for Teens; and The Self-Esteem Workbook for Teens. She is available for speaking and consultation on a limited basis. For more information, visit: http://lisamschabooks.com

 

Disclosure:

Financial: Ms. Schab receives royalties from New Harbinger Books and Guidance Group Books on sales of her books and from Professional Development Resources, Inc. on sales of her courses.

 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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