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Visual Journaling: A promising intervention for stress reduction

Learn expressive and embodied practices that will help you re-energize your mind and body, reconnect with your community and yourself, restore your spirit, and renew your sense of play and imagination.

An experiential workshop incorporating visual and written narratives for health promotion. There are a number of proven health benefits correlated with artmaking. For instance, engaging in artmaking for a sustained period of time (45 min. or longer) has been shown to enhance immunity and decrease cortisol levels. Although many of these benefits can be transferred to the effects of the visual journaling process, research on the specific effects of visual journaling demonstrated a decrease in anxiety levels and negative affect. As a result there is growing evidence for visual journaling as a promising intervention for stress reduction. The visual journal successfully combines written and visual interventions allowing for the experience of both emotional satisfaction and cognitive awareness.

Course Objective

  • Describe the process of combining visual and written narratives in a culturally responsive manner
  • Examine the health benefits of visual journaling based on pilot research
  • Create a “situated” visual journal entry using drawing media of your choice

Elizabeth Warson

Elizabeth is the founder of American Indian Art Therapy, based on her faculty research associated with the Graduate Art Therapy Programs at George Washington University and Eastern Virginia Medical School (2004-2013). Elizabeth currently resides in northern Colorado where she maintains an equine-assisted and arts-informed private practice, Healing Pathways LLC. As a faculty member for the Trauma-Informed Practices & Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, she teaches in person and online poly-informed, equine-assisted, and bilateral stimulation/sensorimotor-informed expressive arts therapy courses. Since 2003, her research interests comprise stress and pain reduction interventions for American Indian cancer survivors and their family members, culturally responsive stress reduction and visual journaling, and trauma-informed interventions. Elizabeth is a recipient of a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts (folk and traditional art) for a community-driven Coharie Heritage Empowerment Project, focusing on cultural preservation.

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Visual Journaling: A promising intervention for stress reduction

$30.00 USD

Program Only

Included features:

  • 60 Minute Presentation

Refund Policy

We do not offer refunds for online courses. If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about the course, please direct your inquiry to Casey at [email protected]


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