Ancient Art of Writing Therapy
Word Up Kids runs therapeutic writing groups in adolescent and adult recovery centers. People dealing with drug addiction, eating disorders, post traumatic stress syndrome, and mental health disorders use the craft of creative writing to find the buried treasure within: feelings, experiences, intuition, and dreams.
Our groups utilize creative journaling and voluntary reading aloud of one’s writing to help clients use writing as a vehicle for self-exploration and expression. The exercises in this group are simple and enjoyable ways for clients of all ages and abilities to express feelings and thoughts, feel comfortable about writing, acquire the habits of self-observation and reflection, foster a positive self-image, exercise imagination, learn to communicate, strengthen attention span and concentration, enrich academic skills, and find strength and wisdom within.
Craig Bergman, Founder of Word Up Kids
What Therapists Are Saying
– Darrin Kagele, MFTI, Addition Therapy Specialist, Journey Malibu
What Students Are Saying
Read an Excerpt from Our Latest Book
By Benny Halfon
A wave comes and breaks on the rock.
It isn’t a very special wave
but it is my wave.
I followed it since the moment it was created,
I saw it growing up and rising,
I watched it mature,
I noticed it’s hair becoming white,
I saw it bending down and I could see the inevitable – breaking on the rock.
It didn’t break because it was tired,
It didn’t surrender to the rock,
it sacrificed itself knowing clearly that in the end,
when enough waves like itself will come,
the rock would be the one that will surrender.
This rock that seems to be so strong, unwavering, solid,
so unmovable that it succeeded
to convince a few plants to make it their place to grow,
their home forever, on which he promises stability.
A few green leaves,
a few flowers, yellow, purple, white, red blending together
creating the feeling of “nothing will move me from here”…
And yet, here is another wave that is developing,
maturing and sweeping with him more and more water,
promising to persevere, promising that this time,
the rock will surrender and promising that even if not,
he will give everything he’s got.
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