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Friday, November 6 • 10:00am - 5:15pm
Your Brain on Ink: The Journal Ladder and Neuroplasticity

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Interpersonal neurobiology is now confirming what evidence-based research has shown for nearly 30 years: expressive writing has positive effects on health, mood, and behavior. Most mental health professionals agree that writing down thoughts and feelings can be a helpful adjunct to therapy. Many advocate that their clients keep journals. However, very few clinicians have learned the theory, techniques, skills, and strategies that transform the everyday journal into a powerful therapeutic tool. And even fewer have up-to-the-minute knowledge about the powerful interaction between therapeutic writing and the new, emerging brain science. This workshop will present a neuroscientific take on the Journal Ladder, a classic journal therapy method. Parallel theories and applied practices of the Journal ladder will be interpreted through the lens of neuroplasticity. Participants will leave with a toolbox of techniques and strategies for helping their clients change their lives through their brains - on ink!

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 →

Deborah Ross, LPC, CJT

Deborah Ross, LPC, CJT, has had an active psychotherapy practice in Northern Virginia for 20 years, focusing on both individual and couples counseling. She studied neuroscience at the Mindsight Institute with Dan Siegel. An avid journaler, Deborah recognizes the healing power of expressive writing and believes that this practice can change the way our brains work so that we experience a deeper sense of well-being and greater resilience. She... Read More →

Friday November 6, 2015 10:00am - 5:15pm
University Center: The New School 63 Fifth Avenue (corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street)