Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice
Edited by Kathleen Adams, LPC
with a Foreword by James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D.
Expressive writing is life-based writing that focuses on authentic expression of lived experience, with resultant insight, growth and skill-building. For decades, it has been the province of journals, memoirs, poets, and language arts classrooms. Social science research now provides indisputable evidence that expressive writing is also healing.
In this remarkable collection, eight leading experts from education, counseling, and community service join to offer compelling guidance from applied practice.
Whether you are an educator, a counselor, a facilitator or a writer, you’ll find this volume an invaluable and innovative resource for the foundations of practice of expressive writing.
“Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice is a transformative guide for those seeking insight through writing and for those who guide that process. Kay Adams is the ideal alchemist for this superb work: an international leader in therapeutic journaling, master teacher and mentor, author and editor, healing professional, and community builder. Adams has distilled both critical research and writing processes from some of the best practitioners in the field. The threads of expressive writing are woven into a text that reflects the evidence-based aspects of therapeutic writing, the creativity and strength building of expressive writing, and specific strategies to use in virtually any context. This work honors and elicits the authentic self—the inner wisdom in each of us.” —Leia Francisco, M.A., BCC, CJF, board certified coach; certified journal facilitator; former college English instructor; and author of Writing through Transitions
“With its vibrant integration of emotion, structure, meaningful exercises, careful selection, and the setting of appropriate limits, Kathleen Adams has upgraded Socrates for our times. 2,400 years ago, the Apology argued that the unexamined life is not worth living. Adams has provided all of us with ways to examine our lived experience through writing and expression, making our lives not only more meaningful but more exciting and beautiful.” —Stephen Rojcewicz, M.D., psychiatrist; registered poetry therapist; distinguished life fellow, American Psychiatric Association; former president, National Association for Poetry Therapy
“Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice is the book I’ve been waiting for! As a licensed mental health counselor and certified journal therapist, I strongly believe this book will be a valuable and unique professional resource. As a woman who has written and journaled for decades, I envision this work as a rewarding introduction to the broad range of genres included in the world of expressive writing. This comprehensive and practical guide is appealing and easily accessible. Each chapter, instructive and engaging in its own right, is a powerful and critical component within a collective vision in the field of expressive writing. The contributions are woven together in a manner that flows easily from one to the other. . . . I recommend Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice with complete confidence.” —Rae Hight, RN, LMHC, CJT, Burley, WA
Kathleen Adams MA, LPC is one of the leading voices in the field of expressive and therapeutic writing. A psychotherapist and registered poetry/journal therapist, she founded the Center for Journal Therapy in 1988. She is the author/editor of nine books on expressive writing and the series editor for the It’s Easy to W.R.I.T.E. Expressive Writing Series for Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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