Journaling for Mental Health

Intervention Toolbox: Journaling for Mental Health

Note: This course is presented to clinicians and other therapists, but is also appropriate for viewing by clients or a general audience.

Most of us have likely suggested journaling to clients at one time or another, and most of us probably aren’t all that aware of how or why it is actually helpful! Learn about what makes journaling an effective intervention that enhances well-being and positively impacts the therapy process.

Presented by:  Ashley Myhre, M.A., LMFT, RYT-200

Delivery method:  Pre-recorded webinar

Length:  66 minutes

Cost:  Free!


Participants will be able to:

  • Recall the research-supported benefits of journaling/expressive writing to health and therapy
  • Identify ways in which journaling/expressive writing can be integrated into therapy for effective therapeutic outcomes
  • Describe diagnoses or conditions where journaling/expressive writing may be helpful, and may be contraindicated
  • Discuss considerations for utilizing journaling/expressive writing as an effective intervention
  • Name the basic techniques and benefits of many journaling methods/themes/styles

What knowledge will be gained upon completion:

  • Overview of research that supports use of expressive writing/journaling as an effective therapeutic intervention, and journaling as having a positive impact on mental and physical health
  • Considerations when utilizing journaling as a therapeutic intervention
  • Review of theories and reasons why journaling is a helpful intervention
  • Introduction to various journaling methods/themes/styles/formats as intervention options

Course Content

  • Introduction (3 minutes)
  • Journaling:  research, benefits, theories, considerations (27 minutes)
  • Journaling methods:  intervention options (32 minutes)
  • Reflection, next steps, references (4 minutes)

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