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Journaling and Social/Emotional Literacy Development (JaSEL)

Journaling and Social/Emotional Literacy Development (JaSEL) is a school-wide integrated program enhancing social/emotional literacy, health, and well-being. It is open to school administrators, teachers, school social workers/counselors/psychologists/nurses, and teaching assistants.

Participants may earn three credit hours toward their Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). It is the responsibility of the participant to ascertain if this offering meets the needs for their CEU’s. Workshops may be held onsite or offsite in the Zen Adventure Treehouse, a residential writing retreat in Minneapolis.

Awareness of the need to explicitly teach social/emotional skills in schools today is on the rise. The New York Times Magazine said recently, “Emotional skills are crucial to academic performance,” instilling a “deep, psychological intelligence that will help children regulate their emotions.” The article goes on to say emotions “affect our attention and our memory. If you’re very anxious about something, or agitated, how well can you focus on what’s being taught?”

Journaling is a contemplative, creative, literary art enhancing development as both writers and human beings. As a positive behavioral intervention strategy, journaling builds emotional intelligence and resilience while mitigating the effects of stress, depression, and anxiety. It cultivates self-knowledge, esteem, and responsibility by allowing a space to reflect and to understand ourselves in the context of the world around us. It helps us organize our thoughts and release ruminations that otherwise cloud our ability to take in new information and learn.

During this experiential professional development workshop, educators will be guided through a sequence of simple yet powerful journaling exercises as an example and model to bring to their own classrooms, as well as be given an accessible research and standards-based curriculum. Further, through their own journaling experience, staff will be re-invigorated and inspired within their teaching professions and lives.

For more information and proposals, please contact me.

 

The Art and Therapeutic Benefit of Journaling

This workshop is intended as professional development for: counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, school guidance counselors, educators, art therapists, group therapists, cognitive/behavioral therapists, hospice counselors, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and occupational therapists.

Participants may earn three credit hours toward their Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).  It is the responsibility of the participant to ascertain if this offering meets the needs for their CEU’s. Workshops may be held onsite or offsite in the Zen Adventure Treehouse, a residential writing retreat in Minneapolis.

Journaling is a powerful mindfulness practice and literary art that helps us to: process traumatic and life-changing events, gain clarity and motivation, release toxic emotions and thoughts, improve our mental, and in turn, our physical health, reduce stress, understand ourselves within the story of our lives, and engage in deep reflection.  This practice inspires self-inquiry and reflection, thus deepening self-knowledge and cultivating emotional intelligence.  Journaling is accessible, affordable, and effective as an alternative form of therapy or in addition to traditional therapy, furthering therapeutic goals.

During this experiential workshop, participants will:

  • Explore research-based information about the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of journaling.
  • Move through a specific sequence of writing exercises, explicitly demonstrating how to guide clients and patients into the blank pages of their journals.
  • Learn a tool for personal and professional self-reflection and wellness.
  • Experience the power of journaling as an alternative therapeutic strategy.

Participants will leave this workshop feeling elevated and inspired, not only with concrete information for an alternative therapeutic strategy to help clients and patients, but also with a tool to nurture their own personal and professional lives.

 “Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers ‘Grow, grow.’”  -The Talmud

For more information and proposals, please contact me.