Journaling is not only helpful to improving your Emotional Wellbeing, but it can also help boost your brain health. In this workshop led by Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Nurse Alison Issen, you’ll learn about the brain science behind therapeutic writing. There will be exercises and tools presented, which will link the practice of keeping a journal with supporting and promoting changes in our brains that can enhance wellbeing and establish positive change.
By participating in this session, you can expect to:
- demonstrate an understanding of journal writing as a therapeutic technique.
- gain knowledge of journal writing techniques to be used for personal and professional enrichment.
- personally experience journal writing exercises as a tool for growth, creativity and positive changes in the brain.
Special Instructions: Journals are not required, but participants are asked to bring paper and a pen or pencil for note-taking.
This program is presented by Alison Issen and hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
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By participating in this program, you agree to CHWB’s Gracious Space policy.
About the Program Presenter
Alison C. Issen is a licensed mental health counselor as well as a registered nurse. She is recently retired as the outpatient counselor at Orlando Health/UF Health Cancer Center. For several years, she coordinated the Sage-ing Center, a program which encourages and supports adults of all ages, but particularly those in the second half of life, to inventory, evaluate and intentionally plan a life of purpose, learning, fulfillment and community service. She brought this comprehensive program to the hospice several years ago and developed Hospice of the Comforter’s Quality of Life Education Program. Issen has taught Psychology at the college level and has worked in the field of health and wellness for more than 35 years, including more than 10 years as a hospice nurse and counselor. Her areas of specialty include Stress Management, Grief and Loss, End-of-Life, Aging and Relationship Issues, and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Positive Psychology. Beyond her professional life, Issen is an “extreme gardener,” volunteers at a local animal shelter and performs with local singing and theatre groups. Issen holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida.