Journal Writing as a Practice for the New Year

Posted January 14, 2021 | By ale_bellot

Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing

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Keeping a journal is a powerful process that can appear deceptively simple. Putting thoughts and emotions on paper can transform your experiences into goals and actions, a necessity in this new year. Journaling helps develop insight and serves as a medium to release stress. While we are still under the stress and restrictions of the pandemic, this wellness practice is also an affordable, accessible and socially-distanced activity! Licensed Mental Health Counselor Alison Issen teaches you how to use journaling as a therapeutic technique this year.

By viewing this program, you can expect to:

  • understand how journal writing is a therapeutic technique, used to enhance awareness and understanding of your life situations;
  • learn journal writing exercises as a tool for growth and creativity;
  • and gain knowledge of journal writing techniques to be used for personal and professional enrichment.

This program is presented by Alison Issen and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.

About Your Program Presenter
Alison C. Issen is a licensed mental health counselor and a registered nurse. She recently retired as an outpatient counselor at Orlando Health/University of Florida 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. Issen brought this comprehensive program to the hospice several years ago and developed Hospice of the Comforter’s Quality of Life Education Program. She has taught Psychology at the college level and 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 Relationships, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Positive Psychology. Issen holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Beyond her professional life, she is an “extreme gardener” who also volunteers at a local animal shelter and performs with local singing and theatre groups.