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Writing as a Healing Modality: Client and Student-Based Methods of Exploring Issues

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Bay Path University | Concord Campus | 521 Virginia Road | Concord, MA
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Join us for, Writing as a Healing Modality: Client and Student-Based Methods of Exploring Issues, with Allan Hunter

Most of us come from an education system that asks us to write about external topics: the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and so on. Yet seldom are we asked to write about who we are, what we have experienced, or what we carry inside. The result can be well-instructed students who don’t actually know who they are or what they feel.

Join us as we use specific writing and reflection techniques to explore what it is we need to say, rather than what we think we’re expected to say. We’ll find we have much more to express than we thought, and that writing can be a healing modality, both for ourselves and for our students and clients. All the exercises we will do have been thoroughly road-tested, and they work. They can be the pathway we need to self-actualization.

This workshop will be of use to educators of all kinds, therapists who wish to add a new skill to their repertoire, memoirists, and those who wish to grow their creativity. It is a practical course, designed to introduce students to the various ways writing and reading can be used to foster psychological healing. It is not a course of therapy but it is concerned with what therapy can achieve and how it can be facilitated. NOTE: This workshop will be offered twice on the same day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Choose the time most convenient for you.

• Afternoon workshop: 1 – 4 pm (beginning with lunch from noon – 1 pm)

Cost: $25 (includes catered lunch and snacks)

Through a series of specifically chosen writing exercises participants will be introduced to and will practice six key concepts, including:
1) The many practical ways writing can used to move beyond mere “venting”
2) The ways that writing can become exploratory for the writer, either for yourself or your student/client
3) The discovery of varying points of view about an experience
4) What to look for if one is to understand the “story behind the story”
5) The awareness required so that writing can be placed in a context that makes the experience more comprehensible
6) The ways in which writing can be analyzed and utilized for healing content, drawing on the rich history of psychological theory and practice

About Allan Hunter
Allan Hunter is an emeritus professor of English at Curry College. He has spent more than thirty years using writing exercises with students and seniors at all levels, seeking to have them uncover the power of their creativity. British by birth, he worked for several years with disturbed adolescents in England, and has a private coaching and counseling practice. His doctorate is from Oxford University and he is the author of twelve books.