Journal Writing as a Therapeutic Tool for the Client and Professional


Credits: 2.00
Type: Recorded asynchronous distance

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Have you ever attempted to start a journal and then felt like a failure when you didn’t write every day? Journal writing is far from the days of “Dear Diary” and can be found everywhere from your calendar to social media. It can be handwritten or completed on your phone. Research continues to show the positive benefits of journal writing for diverse client populations. This two part recorded lecture will discuss leading theories and research in the field of journal therapy. Additionally participants will become aware of various writing techniques designed to achieve positive outcomes with individuals dealing with multiple stressors and issues.

Delivery Method

This course consists of a recorded video and posttest.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define the difference between journal and therapeutic writing.
  • Explore the different formats available for journal writing.
  • Practice different writing techniques utilized in journal field.
  • Practice journal therapy interventions to a variety of clinical populations.
  • Discuss leading theories and research in the field of journal therapy.


Sheryl Withers Woolverton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She has worked as a counselor in the field of domestic violence and spent 12 years working as a grief counselor at Hospice of the Bluegrass. She currently has a private clinical practice specializing in life transitions and works as a part time instructor / field liaison in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. She has practiced journal writing throughout her personal life and openly journals on her blog “How to Make a Life”. She consistently utilizes journal writing techniques with her clients in private practice and students in the classroom. This course consists of a recorded lecture and interactive quizzes.


The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, provider number 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/2023-9/29/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 2 general continuing education credits.

How to Claim Credit

To receive credit for this course, you must complete the entire course, pass the related posttest, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements have been completed.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.


If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Melissa Whitaker at

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