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Practitioner Certificate Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP) for Therapists

The Metanoia Institute is now offering a new Practitioner Certificate which provides qualified therapists and senior trainees with the opportunity to learn about principles, practice and applications of Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP). All are welcome – you do not have to have done much creative writing before, only be willing to participate.

The course will look at applications and ways of working with writing and creativity, and how these might contribute to therapists’ existing practice, or in their own creative and reflective process and self-care.

The 10 days (5 x 2 day workshops) provide a lively and engaging introduction to CWTP theory and practice. Highly experienced tutors combine experiential learning with taught elements and carefully-chosen reading. You will be guided through creative writing and reflection exercises in a supportive and accessible way that is designed to enable all who wish to learn more about this field to participate and develop as practitioners. There will be a reading list and tasks set before and between sessions.


The course is suitable for qualified therapists and senior trainees who are interested in learning about Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes and its applications. There will be creative writing activities for students in each learning day as part of the experiential learning.


(*please note – in June the days are Saturday and Sunday)
Day 1 & 2 Fri 15 and Sat 16 March 2019
Day 3 & 4 Fri 12 and Sat 13 April 2019
Day 5 & 6 Fri 17 and Sat 18 May 2019
Day 7 & 8 Sat 15 and Sun 16 June 2019*
Day 9 & 10 Fri 19 and Sat 20 July 2019
To find out more, please go to the Metanoia Institute website here:


Claire Williamson has worked extensively using creative writing in therapeutic settings, including bereavement, addiction recovery, new parents, older people and cancer care. Claire’s M-level research explored the life-sustaining effects of writing, and as a doctoral candidate at Cardiff University, she’s studying ‘Writing the 21st Century Bereavement Novel’. Claire is Programme Leader for the well-established MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes, the only Masters course in the UK on this subject. Claire has authored a number of book chapters and journal articles (e.g. on working with young people, creative process, a dialogue on the current CWTP field (with Dr Jeannie Wright), and is the author of four published poetry collections, the latest is Visiting the Minotaur (Seren, 2018). 

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