As part of the Chrysalis Not For Profit course you will be asked to write a journal every month, some of which will be marked the following month some will be marked later on, but they will all make up your ‘story’.
A journal is really an opportunity to reflect on where you are, how you are doing, the things you have liked, the things that perhaps you haven't liked and the things you are enjoying or even not enjoying.
Whilst you will always be given guidance on what you need to include within in each journal entry, it is really the time to let the ‘real’ you show. You can include personal experiences and how they relate to your training or even look at the wider world and link your experiences to others experiences.
Life can be challenging at times, and this can affect how you learn, what you like, what you don't like, as well as many other things. The use of a journal can help you to identify where you might need help or advice, what you are doing well, your strengths and any weaknesses.
Using your journal well, and making it really personal to you, will undoubtedly help you to become a good therapist. How? It is quite simple really, a good therapist will be self-aware, reflective, willing to continue learning and know when to ask for help. Qualified therapists generally have the help of a Supervisor too in order to achieve these things, and your journal really can help you get into the habit of looking at yourself and what is going on for you.
Don’t be afraid to express yourself freely in your journal, it is after all your journey, so it makes sense that to a huge extent it be about you.
Remember to learn to appreciate yourself and include the things you feel you are doing well.