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Journal Therapy Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

While most people accept the potential benefits of keeping a journal or diary, the objective of the Journal Therapy Diploma Course is to offer you something much more substantial than a guide to diary writing. It aims to prove to you the cathartic experience of true journal therapy and give you the tools to develop your own therapeutic journaling habit. It also aims to direct coaches and counsellors who are keen to use journal therapy as part of their own practice towards the techniques and structures that will prove most effective.

The Journal Therapy Diploma Course kicks off by discussing therapeutic journaling as a specific tool for professional coaches and counsellors to use with clients, and what personal qualities make for an effective journal therapist. This leads onto a general overview of journal th...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: Becoming a Journal Therapist
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Journal Therapy as a Treatment Method
  • Part 2: Journaling as a Coach or Therapist and Journaling as a Group
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: What is Journal Therapy?
  • Part 1: Defining Journal Therapy
  • Part 2: The Science of Journal Therapy and the Physical Benefits of Expressive Writing
  • Part 3: Journaling Vs. Keeping a Diary and Further Proven Benefits of Journal Therapy
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: Structures and Support
  • Part 1: Introducing Journal Therapy to Clients
  • Part 2: Tools of Journal Therapy
  • Part 3: How to Begin
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: Journaling Exercises
  • Part 1: Establishing Guidelines
  • Part 2: Different Techniques or Exercises
  • Part 3: Feedback and James Pennebaker’s Journaling Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: Writing to Heal
  • Part 1: Scientific Links Between Journaling and Healing
  • Part 2: The Journal Therapy Acronym
  • Part 3: Journaling as a Tool for Grief Therapy
  • Part 4: Journaling to Overcome Trauma
  • Part 5: Healing Journaling Formats
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: Journaling to Manage Stress, Anxiety and Depression
  • Part 1: What is Stress, Anxiety and Depression? Journaling for Good Mental Health
  • Part 2: How Journaling Helps
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: Exploring Dreams
  • Part 1: The Power of Dreams and the Benefits of Journaling About Your Dreams
  • Part 2: Starting a Dream Journal
  • Part 3: You are the Expert on Your Own Dreams
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: Journaling and Creativity
  • Part 1: Creative Journaling Vs. Therapeutic Journaling: Differences and Similarities
  • Part 2: Reasons to Keep a Creative Journal
  • Part 3: Different Ways to Journal Creatively
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: Journaling for a Better Career
  • Part 1: Journaling as a Tool for Career and Life Coaches
  • Part 2: Journaling for Career Advancement
  • Part 3: Journaling to Find a New Job or Career Path
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10: Journaling for the Self
  • Part 1: Why You Should Keep Your Own Journal
  • Part 2: Personal Benefits of Therapeutic Journaling
  • Part 3: Ground Rules for Personal Journaling and 30 Daily Journaling Prompts
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
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Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Whether you or your clients live with anxiety or depression, whether you are currently going through the grieving process or whether you are an artist who has come up against a creative block, therapeutic journaling can help you overcome the obstacles and challenges you face.

Through studying the Journal Therapy Diploma Course you’ll gain the tools, knowledge and the confidence to start your own personal course of journal therapy or, if you’re a coach or counsellor, to bring it into your professional practice in either 1-on-1 sessions or group discussions.


The Journal Therapy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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