ERIC Number: ED200961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Psychotherapy: Implications for Composition.
Petrick, Joanne F.
Responses to a writing therapy questionnaire by 25 psychologists indicated how and why they used writing in their work. Three-fifths of the psychologists used writing frequently, two-fifths infrequently. Most of the counselors reported that clients reacted quite positively to requests that they engage in writing. The most commonly used forms of writing included lists (of problems, alternative solutions, and goals) and expressive/associative exercises, such as autobiographies and journals. None mentioned using poetry or other creative writing projects. The clients' writing seemed a key tool for the psychologists who reinforced it by discussing it with clients. The undeniable record-making aspect of writing also was viewed as quite critical in the therapy process. The most basic value of clients' writing seemed to be that it extended the therapy situation beyond regular meeting times. Writing was also considered important as a rehearsal for subsequent verbal expression of problems in the therapy situation. These responses have implications for the composition teacher, because psychologists' use of writing in the therapy situation provides a model for conferencing between writing teacher and student writer. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).