Therapeutic Writing Practice

Learn how to use writing therapy effectively with clients.

By the end of the course students will:

  • have the skills and knowledge required to use writing therapeutically in client work,
  • understand the underpinning theory and history of therapeutic writing,
  • have the ability to support clients in using expressive writing, poetry therapy, bibliotherapy, creative writing, journalling, narrative therapy, and other forms of therapeutic writing,
  • have developed the skills required to facilitate groupwork,
  • have explored their own life experiences through therapeutic writing.

The course includes 200 pages of information delivered straight to your inbox, and full tutorial support. The course is divided into four easy-to-follow study modules, and includes approximately 36 hours of study time. There are four tutor-marked assignments during the course, so you can begin to put your new skills into practice right away!

All of our tutors are experienced professional therapists. You can contact your tutor at any time by email and speak directly to a member of your support team between 9am – 9pm each day by instant chat. (UK time.) To access this service, simply click on the chat button in the bottom right of this screen.

Therapeutic writing is increasingly used by mental health professionals in their work with clients and patients. This course aims to prepare students to work effectively with writing and bibliotherapy in a therapeutic context. It explores underlying theory and research, as well as offering a comprehensive introduction to writing therapy in practice.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore some of their own experiences through writing. Students are required to keep a learning journal and practice reflective and reflexive writing, as well as developing their writing skills and their knowledge of relevant literature and practical client skills.

Course Outline

Module One: Introduction to Therapeutic Writing – defining therapeutic writing; forms of writing therapy; developing personal writing skills; exploring underpinning theory and research; key therapeutic and client skills; beginning a learning journal.

Module Two: Practical Activities and Personal Writing – exploring personal experience through writing; introducing practical exercises; planning therapeutic writing activities; the role of reflexive writing in therapist development.

Module Three: Exploring Forms of Therapeutic Writing - selecting creative interventions to suit client needs; practice and theory of: poetry therapy, bibliotherapy, expressive writing, creative writing as therapy, writing for film, comic strip conversations, blogging, and journalling.

Module Four: Facilitating Therapeutic Groups and Working with Online Clients – understanding and assessing client needs – individual clients, children and young people as clients, client couples. client groups; working with client groups; facilitating online writing therapy; writing for the computer screen.


At the end of each module is a tutor-marked assignment, which students complete and submit to their personal tutor. Each assignment includes a series of short – medium questions on theory and practice, plus a writing activity. The final certificate is awarded on successfully passing all four assignments.


  • Continuing Professional Development Certificate in Therapeutic Writing Practice

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Your course material is delivered in a .pdf format directly to your inbox. You can then save the modules to your computer, so you can study when offline. You can also print your course material off if you wish.

If you prefer, you can order a printed copy of the course notes from EGS. These are despatched in large, A4 binders and delivered by courier. The cost is £60 including courier fees.

You will be offered the option to purchase a printed copy of the course notes after enrolment, but you can order them at any time during your course. This offer is only available to students currently enrolled on the course.