Featured NAMW Member – John Evans
- Friday, 01 January 2016 08:30
We’re pleased to feature John Evans this month!
John F.Evans, MAT, MA, Ed.D
is a writing clinician and integrative health coach who works with groups, individuals, and health care professionals, teaching them how to use writing for better physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Evans has authored five books and has taught writing for over thirty years. He is founder and executive director of Wellness & Writing Connections, LLC. With James Pennebaker, Evans co-authored Expressive Writing: Words that Heal
(2014). His book, Wellness & Writing Connections: Writing for Better Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health
(2010), is a collection of essays from the Wellness & Writing Connections Conference Series. At Duke Integrative Medicine, Evans has taught Caring for Caregivers, Legacy Writing, Transform Your Health: Write to Heal, Leading Patients in Writing for Health, and Writing as a Tool for Integrative Health Coaches.
Evans, J.F., Wellness & Writing Connections: Writing for Better Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health (2010)
An ideal text for individuals, writing-to-heal classes, or healthcare professionals who are interested in how writing is connected to wellness, this work is a guide to recent research in the field providing writing activities and models for readers to develop their own. In addition to an overview of the research and theory of writing to heal, this book offers examples from practitioners of how to use writing to heal strategies with individuals, groups, and institutions.
Pennebaker, J.W. and J.F. Evans, Expressive Writing: Words that Heal (2014)
provides research results, in layman’s terms, which demonstrate how and when expressive writing can improve health. It explains why writing can often be more helpful than talking when dealing with trauma, and it prepares the reader for their writing experience. The book looks at the most serious issues and helps the reader process them. From the instructions: ”Write about what keeps you awake at night. The emotional upheaval bothering you the most and keeping you awake at night is a good place to start writing.”
Includes:A basic four-day, 20-minute daily writing session program; A six-week writing program using a different technique each week; Additional techniques for expressive writing; Instructions on how to analyze what was written.