Date & Time: September 29, 2021 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Virtual

This three- hour training equips participants with a beginning working knowledge of journal therapy but does not substitute for more in-depth training or for certification.

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


How many of us, well-meaning, have suggested to our clients they use a journal as part of the treatment process? Though many clients love to write and enjoy having an accessible blank page at any hour of the day, writing without structure, pacing or containment can sometimes be dysregulating, or even anti-therapeutic. In this two-hour didactic and experiential workshop, participants will have an introduction to what is called The Journal Ladder, designed by Journal Therapy pioneer Kay Adams, and begin the process of understanding how to craft writing interventions that are attuned to your clients and their present circumstance.

This three- hour training equips participants with a beginning working knowledge of journal therapy but does not substitute for more in-depth training or for certification.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • identify and differentially apply at least 3 different techniques from the Journal Ladder
  • understand the purpose of a reflection write in the field of journal therapy as a means to protect privacy and promote emotional regulation
  • explain the beginning and working knowledge of the purpose of structured writing for pacing and containment


  • 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.

See full credentialing information and CEUs

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.

Accessibility Statement

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The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy.

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