Class Title: Journaling to Heal & Grow
Instructor: Sheila Allee
Class Term: March 18-April 22, 2019
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Over a period of five weeks, you’ll learn several journaling methods that will help you process trauma, grief and emotional pain. You will be exposed to basic journaling guidelines and get help and encouragement in establishing a regular journaling practice. You’ll also discover ways to use your journal as a tool for personal growth and for developing a forgiving spirit.
Journaling is a proven method of dealing with trauma and grief and is an excellent way of gaining a more positive perspective on life’s setbacks. It also is a great tool for finding forgiveness and developing a grateful spirit.
You'll learn several journaling methods designed for personal growth and get tips and encouragement for developing a regular journaling practice.
Instruction/Communication Method: No writing experience necessary. Basic computer skills and access to email. We will use Google Groups Web Forum for discussions. Students will need to spend 2-3 hours a week reading materials, journaling and sharing with other class members. Participants will need to journal at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week.
- Unit 1: Journaling Basics - what a journal is, guidelines and rules, how to break through excuses and develop a regular journaling routine, the benefits of journaling and how to protect your privacy. Each participant will have a buddy and these teams will encourage each other to keep up their journaling during the week. Participants will not be sharing their writings but will discuss how the journaling process went. There will be an exercise writing from prompts.
- Unit 2: Writing Unsent Letters - This section will focus on writing letters to people, institutions or any entity with which we have unfinished business. It may be someone who has hurt us in the past or someone with whom we never shared our gratitude. We will also cover how to use brief meditations as a way of starting the journaling process.
- Unit 3: The Journal - Your 79-cent Therapist €" Students will learn techniques for processing trauma and painful events. The same methods can be used to deal with daily challenges. These approaches can help participants gain a more positive outlook and find greater meaning in life. We will also cover ways to enhance the journaling experience.
- Unit 4: Make a List - Exercises will focus on how to use lists to gain insight into our deepest desires and thoughts. We will also cover how to use a journal to process dreams.
- Unit 5: Harvest Your Journal - Keeping a journal can help you heal and grow. But reviewing your journal periodically will greatly enhance the benefit. We will discuss ways to get the most out of harvesting insights and lessons from journals.
Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required
Students will need to spend 2-3 hours a week reading materials, journaling and sharing with other class members. Participants will need to journal at least 20 minutes a day, five days a week. No writing experience necessary. Basic computer skills and access to email. We will use Yahoo Groups for discussions.
Tuition/Fees for this course
SCN members: $160. Non-SCN members: $200.
Sheila Allee is the author of three books including the award-winning My Father’s Eyes, a memoir about her friendship with her intellectually disabled uncle. Knowing her Uncle Melrose was a healing experience in itself, but writing about their relationship brought even greater healing and growth. A lifelong journaler, she has taught a number of writing workshops aimed at helping people heal, grow and cope with stress.