Therapeutic Writing Series: The Use of Literature and Guided Writing to Address Symptoms of Anxiety with Your Clients

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This workshop equips participants with beginning skills applicable to a range of client populations, though additional training in therapeutic writing and poetry therapy are needed for in-depth work.

Please note Zoom (link provided 24 hours prior to the event).


Anxiety disorders are currently the most commonly diagnosed mental illness and can sometimes be a challenge to address completely within the confines of a session. Writing and literature, both in and out of session, can serve important functions in the role of ego support and enhancement as well as to assist in externalizing and concretizing patient concerns.

Join us for this three-hour didactic and experiential workshop to learn a variety of writing structures and prompts to help both contain and explore anxiety, methods to encourage clients’ positive coping through writing as well as how these methods can serve as a form of desensitization or cognitive rehearsal. Specific attention will be given to some of the research based on ways in which writing practices impact neurological processes.

This workshop equips participants with beginning skills applicable to a range of client populations, though additional training in therapeutic writing and poetry therapy are needed for in-depth work.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least 2 writing structures that are helpful in the containment of anxiety
  • Understand how writing processes can anchor positive associations or reduce abreaction
  • Apply 2 exploratory types of structured writing to current treatment plan goals and objectives

Workshop Information:

Course Date:

December 13, 2021

Meeting Time:

10:00 a.m.–a:00 p.m.




  • Registration fee: $70.00
  • Alumni, FI, FFL, Adjunct Faculty: $50
  • Veterans, current AUSSW students: $25

Faculty Bio

Nancy S. Scherlong, LCSW-R, PTR, CJT, M-S is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of NY and CT. She is also a Registered Poetry/Biblio Therapist, Certified Journal Therapist and an approved trainer in both methods. She is the current co-president for the International Federation of Biblio-Poetry Therapy (IFBPT), one of the six expressive arts credentialing organizations. Nancy is a writer and an integrative psychotherapist specializing in stress management, trauma and addiction and has worked in the field of therapeutic writing for over 25 years. She provides workshops as well as distance coaching, consultation and training services. An Adelphi alum (1997) and adjunct faculty since 2008, she also provides online campus advising for Columbia University and is a member of core faculty of the Therapeutic Writing Institute and on the training staff of Kint Institute. For more about her work please visit Change Your Narrative, LCSW PLLC at

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • CASAC Renewal
  • APA Psychology
  • NYSED Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

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