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Adams, Kathleen. (1998) The way of the journal: A journal therapy workbook for healing.  Sidran, Brooklandville, MD.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Adams’ ten-step “quick and easy” method was created to provide sexual abuse survivors and dissociative clients with ways to maximize structure, balance, and permission while minimizing overstimulation and overwhelming feeling…. Adams begins the workbook with exercises for short, contained journal entries and proceeds to demonstrate looser, open-ended journal writing techniques. All of these exercises can be completed in less than 30 minutes a day over a two-week period, giving the writer a concrete sense of progress and accomplishment. Each section is followed by “So, how was it?,” an evaluation of the specific journal technique used, assisting clients and, if desired, their therapists in identifying which techniques will work best for them in on-going journal therapy.

Bouton, Eldonna. (2000) Journaling from the heart: A Writing workshop in three parts. Whole Hearts Pub, San Luis Obispo, CA.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Reconnecting to the Lost Self – Choosing the Tools – Your Sanctuary – A Time to Write – Who Am I? The Shadow Knows – Popping the Question – Answering Machine – What’s Bugging You? Revisiting the Shadow – Tearing Down the Walls – If Only – Operating Instructions – The Best Things in Life – Mystery Date – Miracles – Shameless – Lost and Found – Mission Accomplished – My Body My Self – Daily Inventory – Assessment – Ending Up – Paper Dreams – Don’t Look Now – Making it Real – Excuses Excuses – What if? Steps – Fear of Failure – Money – Rain on the Parade – Simply Divine – Champions – I Think I Can – I Told you So – Bill of Rights – Oh Baby – Choices – Unfinished Business – Best Wishes – Helping Hands – Check Up – The Last Trimester – Just Rewards – Why? Inner Wisdom  – The Big Event – Announcing – Waking the Muse – Who is This Writer? Journal Letter – Behind You – Upside Down – Fly on the Wall – Conversations – Musical Pens – Behind the Door – Your Epitaph – Feast your Eyes on This – Tiny Windows – Picture This – If these Walls Could Talk – Reunion – Dream Maker – Knock Knock – The Book of Life – The Second Book of Life – If I Were King – Microcosmos – Baby Talk – These Shoes Were Made for Walking – Shadow Box – No Holding Back – The Writer Speaks – Bibliography
NOTE: From the publisher: “Journaling from the Heart offers 75 exercises to bring you closer to yourself, to your dreams, and to your muse. Based upon the author’s popular online workshops and face-to-face seminars, this book allows you to complete the workshops independently, or form your own journaling circle.”
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Cepero, Helen (2008) Journaling as a spiritual practice: Encountering God through attentive writing. InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove. IL.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: INTRODUCTION – STARTING OUT: Discovering a Journaling Practice – BEGINNING AGAIN: Staying in My True Calling – LOOKING INTENTLY: Paying Attention to My Life – CLAIMING SIGNIFICANCE: Honoring My Own Story – NAMING THE LANDSCAPE: Mining Below the Surface – LISTENING BEYOND WORDS: Blessing the Body – LOOKING BACKWARD: Reflecting on the Past – REORIENTING IN THE PRESENT: Where Am I Now? LOOKING FORWARD: Where Does This Lead? TALKING BACK: Dialogue Journaling – EMBRACING THE CROSS: Finding My Way Through Suffering – DISCOVERING LIFE: Writing for Healing – SEEING THE HOLY IN THE ORDINARY: Noticing God in the Everyday – FACING RESISTANCE: Finding the Pathway Home – Listening Guidelines for a Journaling Group
NOTE: From the publisher: “Whether you are a longtime journal keeper or someone who has never kept a journal at all, this book will help you go below the surface of your life with God. It is not about the art of writing, but about how journaling can form us spiritually. Every chapter combines descriptive text, illustrations from journals and the author’s own experience with journaling practices integrated along the way to help you bring your own life and world into sharper focus. God wants to surprise you with the beauty of your own life, growing and alive, filled with movement, light and shadow.”
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Cohen, Barry M., Barnes, Mary-Michola and Rankin, Anita B. Managing traumatic stress through art: Drawing from the center. Sidran, Brooklandville, MD.
NOTE: From the publisher: “The book’s first section, Developing Basic Tools For Managing Stress, is devoted to establishing a safe framework for trauma resolution. The second section, Acknowledging and Regulating Your Emotions, helps the trauma survivor to make sense of overwhelming emotional experiences. The final section, Being and Functioning in the World, focuses on self and relational development, leading into the future…Twenty-six projects in this book encourage creative growth and help to establish a sense of personal safety, while exploring and honoring feelings of anger, fear, shame, and sadness.”
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Darley, Suzanne, Heath, Wende and Darley, Mark. The expressive arts activity book: a resource for professionals.  Jessica Kingsley, London, England and Philadelphia, PA.
NOTE: From the publisher: “This resource book presents a collection of accessible, tried and tested art therapy activities ranging from individual card making, painting to music, meditation and body mapping to group activities such as collage book assembling, mural painting and round robin drawing. It is scattered with real-life anecdotes that bring the techniques to life. The Expressive Arts Activity Book provides guidelines and new ideas for seasoned practitioners working in health and mental health settings, as well as new practitioners, trainees or students.”
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Goldberg, Natalie. (2005) Writing down the bones: Freeing the writer within. Shambala Pub, Boston, MA.
With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft: on writing from “first thoughts” (keep your hand moving, don’t cross out, just get it on paper), on listening (writing is ninety percent listening; the deeper you listen, the better you write), on using verbs (verbs provide the energy of the sentence), on overcoming doubts (doubt is torture; don’t listen to it)-even on choosing a restaurant in which to write. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives.”

Grason,  Sandy. (2005) Journalution: Journaling to awaken your inner voice, heal your life, and manifest your dreams.  New World Library, Novato, CA.
NOTE: From the publisher: “With chapters including “Completing Your Incompletions,” “Masterminding Your Destiny,” and “Communicating with a Higher Power,” the book balances basic instruction in the art of journaling with intimate entries from the author and her workshop participants. Activities, such as timed and stream-of-consciousness writing exercises and keeping a dream log, follow each chapter.”
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Jacobson-Levy, Mindy and Foy-Tornay, Maureen. (2011) Finding your voice through creativity: The art and journaling workbook for disordered eating. Gurze Books, Carlsbad, CA. Also in large print format through
TABLE OF CONTENTS: Let’s Be Selfish For A Minute – Opening Your Heart – Emotional Armor – Finding Your Voice – Are You Hungry? – Panning For Gold – Trying On A Different Hat – Barriers To Healing – Problem Solving – Permission To Love Yourself – Creating A New Path
NOTE: From the publisher: “Readers are encouraged to draw, write, and create directly in the book. These images, symbols, and journal entries then become a ”personal signature” that can be accessed and explored to resolve any obstacles to emotional well – being. Included are fifty-eight expressive art projects and corresponding written exercises, which lead readers through specific stages of self – discovery related to disordered eating patterns, body image issues, relationships, life skills, emotions, self love, and personal transformation.”
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Juzwin, D. K. R. Daily journaling for self-injury recovery: A therapists’ guide for clients. AuthorHouse, Bloomington, IN.
NOTE: The title is confusing. This is a workbook for people who self-injure, not a book for therapists.
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Koenig, Karen R. (2011) The food and feelings workbook: A full course meal on emotional health. Gurze Books, Carlsbad, CA. Also in large print format from
TABLE OF CONTENTS: The Function of Feelings – Fear of Feelings – Feelings, Not Food – The Seven Most Difficult Feelings for Disordered Eaters – Guilt – Shame – Helplessness – Anxiety – Disappointment – Confusion – Loneliness – Freeing Your Feelings – Triggers to Intense Feelings and Disordered Eating – Feeling Your Way to Happiness, Health, and a Natural Body Weight?NOTE: From the publisher: “Each chapter has two sets of exercises: experiential exercises that relate to emotions and eating, and questionnaires that provoke thinking about and understanding feelings and their purpose. Supplemental pages help readers identify emotions and chart emotional development. The final part of the workbook focuses on strategies for disconnecting feeling from food, discovering emotional triggers, and using one’s feelings to get what one wants out of life.”
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Sokol, Dawn DeVries. (2010) Doodle diary: Art journaling for girls. Gibbs Smith, Layton, UT.
NOTE: From the publisher: “Doodle Diary is an interactive guide to doodling that teaches girls how to combine images with words and art journaling techniques. In the tradition of Keri Smith (Wreck This Journal, This Is Not a Book), Dawn DeVries Sokol has created a fun, easy artist’s journal to get kids started with the basics.”
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Thompson, Kate. (2010) Therapeutic journal writing: An introduction for professionals. Jessica Kingsley, London, England and Philadelphia, PA.
NOTE: From the publisher: “The book includes advice on working with individuals, facilitating a therapeutic writing group, proposed clinical applications, practical techniques, useful journal prompts, exercises and case vignettes.”
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