Intervention Toolbox: Journaling for Mental Health

Creative techniques for positive therapeutic outcomes.


Intervention Toolbox: Journaling for Mental Health

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

Delivery method: Pre-recorded webinar/Self-Study

Length: 66 minutes (1 hour CE)

Information gained in this course will offer opportunities for clinicians to utilize research-supported and creative interventions that incorporate expressive writing and journaling with a wide variety of client populations.


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

Award of credit:

  • Certificate of Completion with 80% passing score on post-test

Chapter 1:   Journey into Journaling

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