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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

Journaling II: Directed Exercises in Journaling is a 4-hour online continuing education (CE) course that provides the foundation for journal-writing techniques, including exercises you can use with clients.

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.  Discuss three clinical situations in which Phase One exercises would be suitable for use in therapy
3.  Explain the circumstances in which Phase Two exercises would be beneficial for a client
4.  Describe six exercises from Phase 3 that assists clients in exploring their self-awareness and brings forward insightful details about themselves
5.  Name the three basic rules for keeping a behavior log
6.  List five interpretive questions that can help clients explore the meaning behind their writing at a deeper level
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources, #1046, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 6/12/2019 - 6/12/2022. Social workers completing this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education credits.

Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346); the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0664 - Note: New York social workers will receive 4 continuing education credits for completing this self-study course); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501 - Note: Ohio social workers completing this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education credits); the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678); and is CE Broker compliant (#50-1635 - all courses are reported within two business days of completion).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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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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