Journaling to Heal

Saturdays, 8 a.m.-10 a.m., September 10th through October 8th, Virtual via Zoom
Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon, September 26th through October 24th, In-person at DMPCC
Instructor: Billie Wade, BS, MS
Cost: $215 (includes a $40 non-refundable registration fee)
Format: In-person at DMPCC and virtual (two different classes not hybrid)

Registration deadline:
Saturday Class (virtual) – September 3: Register click here 
Monday Class (in-person) – September 19: Register click here


Journaling to Heal© supports participants on their path to healing and recovery from life’s challenges, even traumatic and difficult situations. Journaling is one of the best ways to explore emotions and feelings, sort through events and relationships, and strengthen self-awareness and problem-solving. Journaling is a beneficial tool, whether used with or without professional counseling. Each two-hour module includes presentation of journaling concepts, in-class writing, and small-group (dyads or triads) and large-group discussion.

Course Outline:

  1. Five weekly, two-hour workshops.
  2. Introduction of journaling concepts, prompts, and discussion.
    1.  Each concept is accompanied by an example, journaling prompt, timed writing, and sharing.
  3. Topics covered include potent emotions, mental health (anxiety, depression, PTSD), loss/grief, trauma).
  4. Weekly homework comprises a prompt to write about at varying times throughout the week.
  5. All course materials and handouts will be emailed to participants, so there will be only minimal printing, such as flyers for the waiting rooms. This applies to in-person as well as virtual classes.
  6. Housekeeping information will be emailed prior to the first workshop.
  7. I am accessible via email between each weekly workshop:

Participants are encouraged to share their journaling experience rather than their lived experience only as they feel comfortable even if that means not at all. There is emphasis on respect for self and others. Confidentiality is a cornerstone of the program.

Instructor Bio: 

Billie Wade, BS, MS is a writer whose experiences as a lifelong journaler inspired her to create Journaling to Heal to travel with people on their journey of healing from traumatic life events, difficult situations, and everyday life. Her first-hand knowledge of the power of words and internal messages along with her belief in the ability of individuals to participate in their healing process form the foundation of the program. She holds a BS in Psychology and Human Services from Upper Iowa University, and an MS in rehabilitation administration from Drake University. Her background includes human resources administration, former chemical dependency counselor, and a 2016 Prairie Fire graduate.