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Writing as Therapy

Workshop for Counsellors & Psychotherapists

The workshop is experiential and practical. Writing in therapy has only recently been recognized as a powerful tool for working with people in a therapeutic setting. Learn to facilitate clients in the practice of writing as a way of healing, growing, exploring and solving problems

Course Details

Writing in therapy is now being used in various settings such as psychotherapy practices, hospitals mental health settings, rehabilitation clinics, and social work agencies.  This practical workshop gives therapists a comprehensive overview of the potential of writing in therapy.

Butler House, Kilkenny
Next Start Date:
18th November 2017
Time: 10.00am-5.00pm
Award: Attendance Certificate

Eligibility:  Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy and students currently in professional training. Entry is by online application form.

Course Content:

  • An Introduction to the use of  Writing as a therapeutic tool
  • An overview of the Theory and Research of Writing Workshops
  • Practical techniques to use with clients
  • Guidelines on the safe and beneficial use of writing 


This is a Contining Professional Development Workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist (including Students) and other helping professionals with therapeutic experience. If you have any questions about your eligibility, contact us at enquiries@pcicollege.ie or 01-642268.

Elizabeth Hickey, RGN, B. Soc. Sc,  M Soc Sc, CQSW, IACP,  Cert in Creative Writing 

Liz has over 30 years professional experience in the health care profession as nurse, social work  practitioner and manager. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including community, hospital, women’s refuge and prison. Elizabeth has also worked as a professional psychotherapist and supervisor.  

She has been involved in academic teaching in UCD, DCU and PCI College where she taught on the Masters in Social Work, and on graduate and post graduate programmes in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  Since November 1999 she has worked as an Independent Consultant providing services in the area of counselling, education, research and supervision. In recent years she has been particularly interested in the use of writing both as a therapeutic /personal tool and as a creative process. For the past five years she has provided workshops in Writing for personal development to various audiences. She is currently working on a personal memoir.


What our Students Say

"Enjoyed more creative ways of with working with children; as a result my level of confidence has increased".
2012-2013 Student - Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy

What our Students Say

"Enjoyed meeting everybody & hearing their stories, some were very inspiring. Loved getting the chance to spend the day writing. Well worth doing - highly recommend"
Carole Ryan - Life Writing Workshop
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