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An experiential introduction for counsellors and psychotherapists


Writing Therapy

This workshop aims to expand participants' awareness of the therapeutic potential of writing for personal and professional development and self-care, for both themselves and their clients/supervisees.


Therapists are often familiar with the potential usefulness of journaling and certain writing techniques, such as unsent letters, but maybe less aware of other tools like time-limited free-writing, therapeutic dialoguing, and the use of a specific metaphor or published work as a springboard for reflection. The workshop aims to bridge these gaps and plant seeds for further exploration, with an emphasis firmly on learning by doing. No previous experience of creative writing is needed and though sharing of work will be encouraged at certain points, it will be entirely optional. As the focus will be on process, not product, there will be no pressure to produce anything other than that which you may find personally satisfying, enlightening, or whatever else. All you need bring is pen, paper, an open mind and a listening ear.


Who is this course for?

Pre-accredited therapists and accredited therapists and supervisors who work in any private practice capacity. This course is also suitable for students from year 2 onwards that have commenced client work. Interested students that have not commenced client work are welcome to join our Life Writing personal development workshop instead.


What are the benefits of doing this course? 

This workshop will appeal to counselling professionals and trainees that have commenced client work who wish to gain an insight into this evolving area, which is currently somewhat underrepresented within the creative arts therapies field. For some, the experiential emphasis may be a welcome change from more information and research-heavy CPD workshops. Being part of a safe, confidential peer space, with the opportunity to experiment with creativity and personal sharing, can also be deeply satisfying.


What will you learn?

Participants will gain knowledge of several practical writing pathways that they can then perhaps incorporate into their own personal process/self-care routines, as well as generating potential ideas for work with clients and in supervision.

Course Details




TIMETABLE: Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm 


AWARD: PCI College Certificate of Attendance


VENUE: Live Online





  • Definitions and theoretical underpinnings
  • Sentence stems and time-limited free-writing
  • Using a published work as a springboard
  • Therapeutic dialogues and unsent letters
  • Exploring client work through metaphor and imagery

Entry Requirements



This is a CPD workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training. BSc Counselling & Psychotherapy students in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 of their studies are all invited to apply for this CPD workshop.


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: €100

PCI College Graduate*: €85

PCI College BSc/MSc Student & Alumni Member Discount Price: €75 - Join Alumni group on LinkedIn here to avail of discount.

*PCI College Graduate rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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