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Expressive Writing to Promote Resilience to Stressful and Traumatic Life Events

by Rebecca Ferrer, PhD 3 CE Credits

Expressive writing is a cost-effective, efficient and simple clinical tool that has been used extensively as either a stand-alone intervention or means of augmenting existing therapies to facilitate coping with acute or chronic stressors. Moreover, the benefits of expressive writing therapy extend beyond the psychological domain to include desired physiological outcomes (e.g., reduced blood pressure). This online CE course is designed to introduce mental health professionals to expressive writing therapy and inform them about its implementation and evidence-based clinical applications. Specifically, the course will present a theoretical foundation for expressive writing, as well as outline its potential clinical applications. A detailed description of expressive writing therapy protocols, as well as recommendations for implementing expressive writing interventions in a clinical therapy context, are provided. Finally, clinical considerations associated with expressive writing therapy are presented, including contraindications.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours and ASWB Clinical CE clock hours. NYSED CEs are NOT approved for this online course.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Brief Introduction and Relevance
  • Expressive Writing Therapy: The Basic Underlying Mechanisms
  • Therapeutic Uses and Benefits of Expressive Writing Therapy
  • Published Guidelines and Recommendations for Practitioners
  • Facilitating Expressive Writing in the Clinical Setting
  • Clinical Considerations and Limitations

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss the foundational theory of expressive writing therapy, the Anagogic to Digital Model, as well as 3 underlying mechanisms of its utility.
  • Recognize the scope and evidence-based potential of expressive writing interventions including at least 12 traumatic situations, stressful events and/or clinical conditions for which expressive writing therapy may be most beneficial.
  • Utilize therapeutic guidelines to design and implement the 3 essential components of an expressive writing intervention in clinical practice.