A part of the AccentCare Community Education Series

Journaling for Wellness, Self-Care, and Compassion

July 19, 2022 | 11:30 AM CT

This course is eligible for one hour of CE/CME for MDs, PAs, NPs, RNs, LPNs, LVNs, Social Workers, and Long Term Care Administrators.

In this session, participants will have the opportunity learn how journaling can be a powerful self-care tool. Merle R. Saferstein will help those who attend explore and better understand the emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits of journaling. She will demonstrate how writing in a journal helps individuals nourish their self-care, which involves caring for and nurturing one’s whole self. Ms. Saferstein will demonstrate how writing down and expressing one’s thoughts and feelings helps one to understand them more clearly.

When dealing with difficult situations such as trauma, we often tend to store the issue deep within. Writing in a journal is a way to bring to light and unleash some of those most difficult experiences. In her book Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey, she wrote, “Cognitive theorists suggest that speaking about trauma or writing about it may help heal the fissure in the fabric of selfhood brought on by the event. I think now that’s why my mother gave me the diary. She knew that I was hurting, that her situation had upset me; I had told her so. The diary gave me a crucial outlet.”

Merle R. Saferstein will explain how journaling is a way to process and record, to center oneself, and to keep one mindful and in the present—all of which are important tools when working with individuals experiencing trauma and other painful experiences. She will also talk about the joys of journaling. In this hands-on session, she will provide the participants with several journaling opportunities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the benefits of journaling for self-care, wellness, and compassion.
  • Give examples of ways journaling can be used as a tool to help deal with trauma and other difficult situations.
  • Integrate some of the information through hands-on journaling.
  • Identify ways that journaling can be useful to the participants.
  • Write with the use of journal prompts.


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Merle R. Saferstein

Legacy Educator, Author, Journaling Coach/Facilitator

Merle Saferstein is a teacher and author with extensive experience. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Merle’s expansive career has included positions in teaching, educational leadership, and notably as the educational consultant for the Anne Frank in the World: 1929 – 1945 photographic exhibition. She served for 26 years as the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center in Hollywood, Florida.
Merle has a deep connection to hospice, homecare and end-of-life settings through her educational courses on journaling and legacy work and she brings a wealth of information that is applicable to the needs of healthcare professionals in understanding and valuing the legacies of each individual patient. Further, through engaging healthcare professionals in this self-compassionate work, she teaches the value of honoring their own legacy as a caregiver.
Accrediting Information

AccentCare #1237, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. AccentCare maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 1/20/2022-1/20/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1 hour of continuing education credits.

AccentCare is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider #P0355.

This activity is pending approval for one hour of CME via the American Academy of Family Physicians.

This activity is approved for one hour of CE via the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards