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Life Skills

Expressing Stress and Emotions Through Creative Journaling

In this interactive and engaging ongoing class learners will create and maintain a journal, define stress, identify emotions, and learn to process stress and/or emotions with a 5 step journaling process.
5 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 12 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will learn to process feelings and emotions using creative journaling techniques.
For 7 years,  I worked as a case manager for a private child placing agency.  During this time, I provided one to one counseling with teens and tweens with regard to their physical, psychological, and emotional development.  I also taught independent living/life skills to teens and tweens.  Further, I provided case management to teen moms at a crisis pregnancy home.   During this time, I used scrapbooking techniques to help teens deal with stress and emotions.  Currently, I provide parent and family support to youth and families in distress.  Through the years, I have learned how to use creative journaling to process and deal with stress and emotions (happy and sad ones).  I teach this process to youth 5-18 on a weekly basis.  The practice that we will use in my Outschool class is one of simply identifying feelings, naming them by responding to journaling prompts and then creatively working through them with various arts, crafts supplies and journaling techniques.  The simple process of creative journaling can be a stress relief in itself.  An opportunity to share is always provided and always optional and sharing should be appropriate for the setting.  If a learner is verbally sharing content that is not appropriate, that learner will be muted.  The technique that I teach is a productive way to manage stress and strong emotions.  It is not intense such as a one to one counseling relationship with a mental health professional would be.  I will show empathy and listen intently to learners and notify parents when needed of issues beyond the scope of our journaling class. Lastly, it is my policy that what is shared within the group is confidential, yet, learners should be mindful that classes are taken in common areas and discussion may be heard by non class members.  
It is likely that learners will not complete their pages during the class time and therefore may choose to finish up after class.
Minimum Supplies -Mixed Media journal (7x10 or smaller), Canson, Strathmore, or Grumbacher brands recommended (teacher uses 7x10) -Water Colors containing the primary colors (Prang or Crayola are good choices) -Sharpie Pen, Fine & Ultra Fine in black -Round Paint Brushes, small, medium and large (12, 6 or 8, 0 or 2) -Water containers-2 -Paper towels or cloth -White paint pen in fine (acrylic paints can be substituted) -Black paint pen in fine (acrylic paints can be substituted) -Stabilo Black Aquarellable Pencil or Charcoal Pencil Learners will add to their journaling supplies over time and the teacher will occasionally provide collage sheets and other handouts.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Self assessment
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.


LISA BRASSBusiness, Life Skills, and Creative Arts Instructor
5 total reviews
5 completed classes

About Me

Greetings!  Welcome to my little space here on Outschool.  I hold a bachelor's degree in Business Finance from Hampton University in Virginia.  I have taught in a variety of different settings for more than 25 years: preschool teacher, Sunday... 
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