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Thursday, November 5 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
It's Easy to W.R.I.T.E. — An Expressive Writing Seminar for Therapists, Counselors, and Others

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Hoerle Lecture Hall - Room UL105


In this immersive daylong workshop, participants will experience three dimensions of therapeutic writing that can be used to foster both professional and personal growth. The day will begin with a presentation of the W.R.I.T.E. model, a simple five-part methodology that makes writing easy and accessible for all ages and skill levels. This presentation will be followed by a session on the theory and practice of transformative writing for healing trauma and spiritual awakening. In the afternoon, participants will learn about a program that utilizes structured writing and book arts to boost self-esteem for children of ages 9-14. The workshop will end with an exercise that integrates writing with art, in which images will be used as writing prompts. Bring your journals!


Whether we call it writing therapy, poetry therapy, or journal therapy, the therapeutic power of writing lies in its transformative qualities. This workshop will introduce the ten principles of transformative writing as put forth by Dr. Sherry Reiter in “Writing Away the Demons” (North Star Press, 2009). The didactic portion of the program includes samples of writing. The experiential component will include expressive writing with the option of sharing. Bring pen, paper, and your unique presence.


There’s a growing body of literature on the benefits of cognitive activity and social connection with regards to healthy aging. With an increasing number of older adults suffering from chronic disease, depression and cognitive dysfunction, clinicians often struggle knowing that medication and therapy simply aren’t enough. Guided autobiography provides an avenue for the aging population to gain self-confidence, connect and share with peers, and keep the brain active. It is a group writing exercise whereby members write about “life themes” together and celebrate their personal histories. As a therapeutic process, it is a very powerful adjunct to therapy, and does not require any expertise in writing. Come experience the process in this three hour workshop.


In this workshop, participants will explore four paths to overcome situational depression that stems from a painful separation from the true, whole self. The First Path is to dwell in the house of the self. The Second Path is to cultivate and preserve kindness toward the self and others. The Third Path is to use discernment to understand your story. And lastly, the Fourth Path is to practice transformative thinking and writing. Through poetry and writing exercises as well as mindful meditation, participants will learn to navigate through the Four Paths to Wholeness.

Eligible for 6.0 Credits: ATCB, NBCC; ASWB, APA, MFT, Nursing, SWNYS


Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC

| Kathleen (Kay) Adams, LPC, is founder/director of the Center for Journal Therapy and its online professional training division, the Therapeutic Writing Institute. She is the author of nine books on journal writing for personal growth and in clinical practice, including the best-selling Journal to the Self and the recently released Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice. Kay is known globally for her visionary leadership in... Read More →


Carol D’Agostino LCSW, MA

Carol D’Agostino LCSW, MA, has master's degrees from Syracuse University (social work with a concentration in gerontology) and from Goddard College (transformative language arts). She is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow for the Developing Leadership in Reducing Substance Abuse program. Carol is currently a geriatric care manager in private practice and serves on several Monroe County committees on aging. During her 20+-year... Read More →

Marianela Medrano, PhD, LPC, CPT

Marianela Medrano, PhD, LPC, CPT, is a Dominican writer and psychotherapist who uses literature as a healing tool. She lectures across the country on issues of spirituality with emphasis on the divine feminine, cross-cultural psychology, healing, and writing. Marianela's emphasis is women’s growth and development, but her practice is not limited to them. She has been a faculty mentor for the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology... Read More →

Sherry Reiter, PhD, PTR-M/S, RDT-BCT, LCSW

Sherry Reiter, PhD, PTR-M/S, RDT-BCT, LCSW, is the Director of The Creative Righting Center, a program training helping professionals to utilize expressive writing for healing and personal growth. She is a pioneer in the field of poetry therapy, having served as President of The National Association for Poetry Therapy, and The International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. Sherry has won numerous awards for her work with marginal... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
University Center: The New School 63 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street)