Reflective Writing as a Holistic Healing Practice: An Experiential Workshop – Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD – 6 CE Credits
Since the first published randomized control trial in 1986 that showed health benefits of writing about traumatic events, over 200 additional studies have surfaced demonstrating “the positive power of the pen” on physical and emotional health. Reflective writing, a holistic healthcare service, is growing in recognition with courses in medical schools being offered in narrative medicine, and medically-based poems appearing in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association.
This experiential workshop will demonstrate how reflective writing through prose or poetry can be used as a holistic strategy in individual and group psychotherapy to improve the client’s ability to cope with chronic illness, mitigate anger, improve problem-solving, and decrease depression. The experiential nature of the workshop will demonstrate how “narrative self-care” is useful for psychotherapists to increase compassion and mitigate the stress of working intensely with emotionally troubled individuals.
Participants in this workshop will:
- Identify the research evidence for the physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits of reflective writing.
- Identify the principles and structure of the guided autobiography method in group and individual psychotherapy.
- Experience “narrative self-care” through writing about personal losses, major life decisions, or challenging patients.
About The Speaker
Paula E. Hartman-Stein, PhD has worked as a clinician, trainer, and consultant in the areas of health psychology and geropsychology for 29 years. She founded the Center for Healthy Aging in 1994, currently located in Kent, Ohio, where she conducts intergenerational holistic wellness programs.
Dr. Hartman-Stein has academic affiliations with Kent State University, the Institute for Life Span Development and Gerontology at the University of Akron, and Northeast Ohio University of Medicine. Dr. Hartman-Stein obtained her Master’s degree from West Virginia University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She is a Fellow in Division 12 (Clinical) and 20 (Adult Development and Aging).
She has been a correspondent for The National Psychologist newspaper for over 18 years, writing over 80 articles on aging and mental health practice issues. She has published numerous book chapters, articles in peer reviewed journals and has been featured in Older Couples, a video produced by the APA. She has edited one book and is co-editor of Enhancing Cognitive Fitness in Adults, published in August 2011. Dr. Hartman-Stein’s favorite professional activity is conducting reflective writing and guided autobiography groups for clients, lay audiences, and healthcare professionals.