Discovering Healing Pathways

Pre-Conference Course Presenters:

Elizabeth Warson, PhD, ATR-BC

in collaboration with Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, ATR-BC


There are a number of proven health benefits correlated with artmaking.  For instance, engaging in brief artmaking 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. Participants will experience a variety of journaling approaches that are grounded in emerging research and based on historical foundations of journaling for emotional reparation and wellness


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