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Introduction to Journaling

If you have ever wanted to try journaling, this course will provide answers to your every question. You will discover the different types of journaling and many journaling techniques, exercises, tools and resources. You will explore a seven-step process that will ease you into writing a journal. You will get detailed instructions on developing, decorating, and customizing your journal, and you will learn exciting new ways to express yourself and develop your creativity.

You will discover how you can use your journal to explore your thoughts, feelings, and values, and you will learn how to use your journal to support your emotional well-being. You will also understand how journaling can ease the stress of unwanted change throughout the course of your life. You'll even discover how journaling can help you choose the best career for you or advance in your current career.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting March 13 | April 17

Introduction to Journaling


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Course Code: itj

What You Will Learn
  • Discover the difference between a journal and a diary and identify benefits of journaling
  • Learn journaling tools, aids and resources
  • Learn how to journal through chaos, crisis, and change
  • Learn to express yourself in a creative way
  • Learn ways journaling can aid you in developing your career
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Discover a tool for expressing your thoughts and emotions
  • Effectively cope with change in your life through journaling
  • Create a healthy habit that may keep you journaling for years to come


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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Instructors & Support

Cheryl Simpson

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.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

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.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

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.

What if I need an extension?

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.

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