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/Self-Study

Length:  66 minutes (1 hour CE)

Cost:  Free!

CE Information: Not pre-approved. You may submit information to your licensing board for individual CE approval.


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)

Participants will meet objectives through:

  • Lecture
  • Post-test

Method used to evaluate the course:

  • Post-course survey

Qualifications of presenter:

Ashley Myhre, M.A., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in MN (#3443), and a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200).  Additionally, she is an AAMFT and MN Board Approved Supervisor, an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist & Consultant-in-Training, a Certified Transgender Care Therapist, and a Ph.D. student specializing in clinical sexology.  She sees clients at her private practice, POW! Psychotherapy, in Minneapolis, MN, where she utilizes journaling and expressive writing as an effective therapeutic intervention.

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If you would like to receive a certificate of completion:

Click here to complete the evaluation and post-test.

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