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Discovering Healing Pathways

Restorative Visual Journaling

Restoring the self through the visual journaling process is the focus of this practice session, combining bilateral movement, mark making, and sensorimotor engagement. Visual journaling incorporates visual, written, and spoken narratives as a promising form of stress reduction. The intervention included in this presentation is part of Dr. Warson’s research on arts-informed stress and pain reduction.

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Learning Objectives

1. Describe the process of combining visual, written, and spoken narratives in a culturally responsive manner.

2. Describe the health benefits of visual journaling based on pilot research.

3. Show the effectiveness of the process of creating visual narratives using mixed media supplies.

4. Enumerate approaches to constructing written and spoken narratives.

5. Explain how to "situate" visual journaling directives.

Presented By

Elizabeth Warson, PhD


Dr. Warson's research interests and clinical experience focus on wellness, social and cultural diversity, and arts-informed stress reduction and pain management. Through innovative modalities such as, Art Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dr. Warson considers an integrative approach in the treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, acute stress disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. As a trained narrative therapist, Dr. Warson interweaves the storying process in her arts-informed approach to provide transformational meaning-making experiences.

Dr. Warson offers counseling services integrating the visual arts, narrative practices, and MBSR/EMDR techniques and values collaboration, active participation, and "community" inclusion in Person-Centered Care Planning