An excellent course. It exceeded my expectations and I am absolutely sure I will use the information throughout the years."
Cheryl, thank you for a very meaningful class. I know that I will use this material over and over again. I have been inspired to really focus on the benefits to be gained from journaling. The material you had for us was so much more thought provoking than I expected for a journaling class. I have a whole new appreciation for the art of journaling."
Great course on the psychology of journaling and I enjoyed getting back into writing. Very inspiring and personal. I have learned much to take with me in my writing adventure. Thank you."
I have benefited immensely from this class and highly recommend it to anyone who has used journaling to explore their inner life and to get honest and current with themselves. The instructor has presented valuable information and resources also for those who are new to journaling. Enjoy! You will not be disappointed."
I have kept a journal (on and off) for 20 years. In the past year, I noticed huge gaps in time between entries, so I decided to take this class to get me back on track. As a result of this course, not only am I writing in my journal more frequently, but I'm having a blast doing so! My entries are more focused and insightful and full of zest and optimism. I've also started to record my dreams, which is a new experience for me. Thank you for giving us the tools and techniques to make our journal writing more efficient, beneficial and fun!"
I knew I would enjoy this class just from reading the course outline, but I didn't expect it to have such a huge impact on me. I rediscovered the joy of writing and used my journaling to make major changes in my life. This has been one of the most powerful experiences I have ever had. Each lesson was exactly what I was hoping to learn, and so much more. I have two degrees, but this course is one that will continue to have a positive impact every day. Thank you so much!"
I learned a lot more from this course than I thought I would. I will be using this information for the rest of my life."
I'm new to journaling and this course has been a wonderful surprise. I had no idea the practice of journaling offered so many benefits and can be such a helpful, powerful tool in our lives."
I really appreciated the different techniques and tools of journaling the class afforded. I also am interested in exploring the dream areas more. There was just a lot of information and ideas that I think will be helpful down the line."
Thank you for this class, because I really needed some direction and a safe place to share my thoughts and dreams."
Course Code: itj
In this first lesson, you will discover how journaling is different from keeping a diary. You will even discover ways that journaling can improve your physical health. Then you will learn about tools and resources you can use to strengthen your journaling practice.
In this lesson, you will learn about a seven-step process to help ease you into writing. You will also discover two kinds of writing prompts to jumpstart your journaling, and how to protect your confidentiality as you write. Then you will learn four more types of journaling exercises. You will add tools to your journaling toolbox such as: list making, writing prompts, dialogues, and unsent letters.
In this lesson, you will discover how to make a journal from scratch. You will also learn to customize a journal by decorating the cover and incorporating art and scrap booking techniques into your journal pages. Then you will learn to explore your thoughts, feelings, and values in the safe space of your journal.
This lesson will explore emotional intelligence, which is your capacity to work effectively with your own emotions, as well as the emotions of others. You will learn how your journal can support you in learning the critical skills necessary for emotional well-being. Then you will learn new ways to express yourself and your creativity in the pages of your journal.
In this lesson, you will discover how your journal can aid you in weathering change in your life. You will learn how journaling can ease the stress of unwanted change throughout the course of your life. Then you will learn about major types of dreams and dream themes. You will explore the power of symbols in dreams. Then you will learn about a dream journaling process and ways to remember your dreams.
In your final lesson, you will learn how journaling can help you do everything from choose a career or college major, write a resume, prepare for job interviews, or even advance your career to the next stage. Then you will examine your journaling habit and discover ways you can keep your journaling habit fresh as the years go by.
Cheryl Simpson, L.P.C., is a Career Coach and Ohio-licensed Career Counselor with more than 30 years of journaling experience. Simpson is the author of more than 30 articles for both print and Internet media. She also has developed more than 100 journaling exercises and leads journaling workshops and retreats on college campuses, at conferences, in schools, and for religious organizations.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.