in Creative Therapeutic Journaling
A distance learning creative writing
and journal therapy course
Course revised in 2018 with additional unit covering professional
applications. The course now uses 3 textbooks. Textbooks are no
longer supplied free and purchase is required separately. The course
fee has been reduced to £225 for both UK and non-UK students.
accreditation: International Association for
Course accredited by
ACCPH (see link in left-hand column).
recommended period of study: approx.
2 to 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.
£225.00 (225 Pounds Sterling - for currency conversion see
textbooks. Students will normally purchase the
books on-line from an internet bookstore.
Method of study
Textbook study. Written assignments based on
textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and
students return their written work by email. Grades and feedback are issued by
This is a Diploma course in
the art of journaling (personal creative
writing) for the purposes of self-exploration,
self-growth, self-expression and/or
course may be taken for self-development or by
counsellors, psychotherapists and helping
professionals who would like an additional tool
for assisting clients, particularly those
recovering from trauma.
The course may also help
people thinking of writing their memoirs, life
story or autobiography.
The course is in three parts.
Part One introduces the student to the
art of self-expression through writing through a
set of warm-up lessons with illustrative essays.
The lessons concern the emotions evoked
by starting to write, handling memories, the
process of allowing the writing to flow and
fitting writing into your life, as well as about
strategies to get you started, keep you writing,
and use time, further reflection and editing
skills to hone what you have written.
Part Two looks at how various
writers have used poetry, prose and memoirs to
tell their stories, and gives further
instructions and exercises for creating your own
work. Topics used as writing examples and/or
stimuli include relationships, stages of life,
childhood, trauma, illness, disability, caring,
bereavement, and spirituality.
This course is the first of a
series of creative writing courses we hope to
criteria and suitability
No particular qualifications are required for entry.
Course textbooks (students will need to
purchase these books)
Killick, John and Schneider, Myra. Writing
Your Self: Transforming Personal Material. London and New York:
Weldon, Michele. Writing to Save Your Life:
How To Honor Your Story Through Journaling. Hazelden, 2001.
Thompson, Kate, Therapeutic Journal Writing: An Introduction for
Professionals. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011
Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in
Creative Therapeutic Journaling awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK
qualification. The college is accredited by the International Association for
Distance Learning. Course graduates may use the postnominal initials Dip. C.T.J.
The course is accredited by ACCPH for professional development purposes (see
societies page for explanation).
Please see our FAQs page for general information about
practising counselling and psychotherapy in the UK and elsewhere.
We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at
To apply for this course
now, go to our Application page