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PROMIS Clinics Inspires Addiction Recovery through New Creative Writing Workshops

Led by veteran PROMIS life coach and writer, Giles Ford, the new Creative Writing sessions use the Pennebaker model to facilitate addiction recovery through expressive writing.

With over 25 years of expertise and dedication towards constant integration and investigation of the most effective treatment methods for treating individuals suffering from addiction, depression and other co-occurring disorders, PROMIS Clinics is thrilled to announce its newest addition into their intensive Residential Treatment Programme, Creative Writing sessions.

PROMIS Director of Research, Professor Stephenson has previously published research conducted at PROMIS showing how beneficial it is to ask clients to write imaginatively about how they are changing over their time in treatment. The results of these studies have been published in numerous journals including Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Constructivist Psychology and Addictive Behaviors. Now, PROMIS’ commitment to continuously providing the best avenues for treatment has inspired the introduction of Creative Writing and healing sessions to focus on memory retrieval and recovery through several new writing activities and exercises.

Veteran life coach and writer in residence at PROMIS, Giles Ford, is researching the strong links between creative writing and addiction recovery with leading academics in the field and bringing that knowledge into PROMIS treatment programmes available to all residents and alumni. The creative writing sessions are not therapy in themselves, but can help discover issues that can be brought into individual counselling.

Clinicians such as Robin Lefever, Clinical Director of PROMIS Clinics, see the new addition as an opportunity for patients in recovery who are generally highly creative individuals, to start writing a memoir, novel, short stories, play, film script or poetry collection that aid as a therapeutic resource; allowing patients to find new ways to access and describe experiences, events and for some even traumas that clients have been unable to reach or talk about openly to others or in group sessions.

Researchers believe that creating works of fiction is often a catalyst for personal creativity that can convey heightened moments in one’s life including love, loss, joy and hope. The PROMIS writing workshops are based on the Pennebaker expressive writing model, developed by Dr. James W. Pennebaker, who has also visited PROMIS in the past and has made use of their research data in his own publications. The model suggests that writing these down can help patients to gain a sense of identity, continuity and self-awareness. Many clients can benefit from the therapeutic effects of writing as part of their recovery programme similar to how art and drama therapy have been proven to do so.

Through the new Creative Writing workshops, PROMIS is pioneering and sharing how creative writing can help patients:

  • Access, feel, heal and recover from traumatic experiences and grief in healthy ways.
  • Uncover, discover and make sense of personal history or experience.
  • Find a voice and discover different aspects and perspectives of identity through use of fiction writing techniques.
  • Explore creativity and talent as a means of building hope and confidence .

Originally published on: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/1/prweb10372688.htm

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