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Helping College Students Develop Mental Wellness Skills Through Journaling Techniques
Julia Y. Porter
While the traditional use of journaling as a counseling technique usually focuses on treatment, this action research project uses journaling techniques to teach college students mental wellness skills. Students enrolled in an undergraduate class EDF 3413 Writing for Thinking were joined with graduate students in COE 8053/8156 Counselor Education Practicum to form a learning community entitled “Journaling for Mental Wellness”. The overall goal for this project was to teach students the value of journaling as a tool for both personal wellness and professional growth. An added benefit was improvement of writing skills.