Journaling Workshops in Primary and Secondary Schools

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Journaling Workshops to Support Mental Well Being

I am offering Workshops on Journaling for Mental Well Being to fourth to sixth classes in primary schools, and all students in secondary schools.

This workshop is designed to support the Well Being and SPHE programmes.

Benefits of Journaling

Journaling can be a wonderful way to lessen anxiety and help get things in perspective – especially in the middle of the night when fears can be at their worst. Journaling can also increase confidence and fluency with writing.

The Journaling Exercises I offer help to:

  • Relieve our minds of repetitive anxious thoughts
  • Figure out how we feel
  • Become our own best friend
  • Discover our dreams and goals
  • Become more fluent writers (there is no need to worry about neat handwriting or spelling mistakes)
  • Enhance creativity

It is a practical workshop with lots of writing time. Pupils are given exercises to vent their emotions in a healthy way, figure out what they are feeling and why, and write about visions they have for their life.

After the workshop I email a handout to the class teacher detailing all the of exercises so that pupils can practice them in future (and hopefully for the rest  of their lives). I also gently suggest teachers give pupils time to write in their journals during class (if the timetable allows) and encourage them to write at home.

I’ve been keeping a journal since I was twelve years old – because my English teacher suggested it – and I am very grateful that she did.  Journaling helped me to become a writer and create a life that suits me. It taught me how to express myself, to write fluently, to calm an anxious mind, and to understand my feelings.
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Here I share how journaling benefited me during the pandemic.

Workshop on Zoom or In Person

Since 2020, I’ve been using the video platform Zoom for author visits and workshops in schools. Now I am offering my journaling workshops on Zoom as well as in person.

During this interactive workshop

  • Students complete the journaling exercises at their desk.
  • those, who wish to, can ask questions or read parts of their journaling aloud.
  • After the workshop I email the exercises to the class teacher for future use.
  • I am happy to meet with large groups of students (as long as they are comfortable and able to write)

Cost of Workshop

  • The cost of a one hour interactive workshop on Zoom is €200. This include notes emailed to the teacher for future use.

IN PERSON WORKSHOPS

I am very happy to travel to schools within Leinster to give In Person Workshops. Combined classes and large groups are welcome. The best value is several workshops on the same day.

  • The cost of one In Person Workshop is €275 +travel
  • The cost of two In Person Workshops is €450 +travel
  • The cost of three In Person Workshops is €550 + travel

These prices includes a handout on the exercises for every student.

Testimonial

The content of the workshop itself could not be more timely. Many students are struggling with their mental health at the moment, particularly after the last two and a half years. Any practical tools we can put at their disposal has potentially life changing benefits for them. This is a simple, practical tool that is explained clearly with defined achievable goals. It was a very motivating workshop for both the students and myself!
Jane Purcell, Teacher, Balbriggan Community College, County Dublin