This inspiring handbook was written for anyone who has experienced ill-health or who just wants to improve their health. It takes the reader on a fascinating journey that will rebuild their self-esteem, personal power and well-being. Jane Wood’s development of the Positive Journal as a practical tool for self-care is here presented in its entirety for the first time. She explains that when you feel good, it reduces stress and allows your brain to release healing hormones into the body. Writing a Positive Journal helps you to understand yourself and feel good more of the time. There are over thirty case examples and Jane’s illustrations to help. There is a free copy of the introductory chapter on the downloads page. This book is gentle, compassionate, encouraging, spiritual – and could change your life.
The Compassionate Practitioner
How to Create a Successful and Rewarding Practice
Both practitioner and patient are at the heart of this book. It considers how best to enhance the patient’s experience at every stage of the consultation, to provide the necessary safety, respect and compassion they need. It is full of practical advice for the practitioner on everything from improving the clinic room to maintaining a positive attitude through self-reflection and mindfulness. Patients will return more regularly to get the healing they deserve and the practice will begin to flourish.
Focusing on a practitioner-patient relationship, this book provides a professional framework suitable for all alternative therapies. There are plenty of case examples, self-reflective exercises to try out and Jane’s drawings to illustrate. Minerva Bookshop
Transformation through Journal Writing
The Art of Self-Reflection for the Helping Professions
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Full of inspiring ideas, this book provides everything you need to know about developing and learning from your reflective journal. It covers a range of different styles, from the logical use of structured templates and models, to the organic process of creative or art journaling. Each technique and its transformative potential is clearly explained, and readers are encouraged to start writing through innovative exercises, journal examples and Jane’s drawings. This is a flexible resource that will inspire readers to start a reflective journal or experiment with new techniques and methodologies.
A comprehensive handbook to self-reflective journaling, this book will be of interest to everyone in the health and caring professions including complementary and alternative practitioners, supervisors, counsellors, psychotherapists, doctors and nurses.
This book draws together theory, research and practical exercises, as well as constructive suggestions for setting up and running creative supervision sessions. Clear explanations are given for techniques such as narrative, drawing, charts, metaphors and visualisation. Familiar props and resources are used in new and original ways to enhance reflective practice, including toys, puppets, objets trouvées and picture postcards.
This innovative book will serve as a road map for expressive arts therapists, social workers, psychotherapists, psychologists, health care workers, and will also be an excellent resource for other professionals such as teachers, mentors, coaches and human resources departments.
Get Happy and Boost your Health
‘I felt drawn in from the start with Jane’s introduction and her invitation to ‘imagine you are going on an adventure of a lifetime’. I liked that she emphasized that there’s no right or wrong way to work with the material in the book, that you could read it in a linear way from beginning to end or start where ever you liked, whatever works for you.
I found my self at chapter 7, ‘getting emotional nourishment’, and felt quickly engaged. I was smiling and laughing out loud at some of the real life examples Jane gave, and really resonated with what she writes about the importance of enjoyment and being happy and selfish. I felt a real resonance with that, which I noted. It makes sense to me, and it’s refreshing, especially when I reflect on the kind of ‘conditioning’ I grew up with, at home, in school, and the kind of ‘normal’ values and attitudes that I was immersed in, and didn’t really question until I was older.
I felt and feel an ‘aliveness’ in the material. It feels like a really good balance of subjective; peoples real experiences, including Jane’s, and objective; as in quotes from others work and research, such as e.g. Bruce Lipton and his work with epigenetics.
I would recommend this book highly to anyone who desires, longs to feel more whole, more well, whether you are living with ‘dis-ease’ of any sort, have a recent diagnosis of a ‘named illness/condition’, or just experience some degree of mental /emotional dis-ease. Jane’s book will be a great guide and companion on your journey.’ Anita Wicks RSHom NHF.Dip RGN
The Compassionate Practitioner
‘Most of us enter the therapeutic relationship with a qualification in use of specialized healing techniques, yet little or no idea about how to navigate either the psychological implications of the work, or indeed the hands-on business of setting up a practice. Jane Wood investigates with clarity, tackling issues theoretically, as well as giving personal development techniques to implement changes that should act from within to without… She has given us a definitive self-help manual where one has certainly been needed.’
– Misha Norland, homeopathic practitioner of 40 years’ experience, teacher and author
‘There is a lot in this book that practitioners from any modality will benefit from… It is very well written; professional but personal at the same time. I highly recommend it.’
– Edward Obaidey, acupuncture practitioner, Edward Obaidey Acupuncture Clinic, Tokyo, Japan
Transformation Through Journal Writing
‘Reading this book was like wandering into a wonderful toyshop crammed with exciting games. There were some old favourites, some brand new ones, very clear instructions on all the boxes, lots of encouragement, and absolute permission to jettison those I didn’t like. I couldn’t wait to get going!
There is something for everyone, from the most reluctant beginner to the long-time keeper of journals, from the student in training to the established professional, and tutors, coaches and supervisors everywhere.’
– Su Fox, massage and craniosacral therapist, psychotherapist and author of Relating to Clients: The Therapeutic Relationship for Complementary Therapists.
Inspiring Creative Supervision
‘What a pleasure and a relief to find a book devoted entirely to bringing our creativity to supervision. This book will not only inspire supervisors to be more creative. It also informs how to aid reflective practice in simple straightforward and jargon-free language. It is alive with ideas of how to engage the sensory awareness of diverse practitioners and learners. Case studies based on the practice of both authors illustrate their descriptions of creative methods. In those, they demonstrate the care and respect which exploration of the unknown or unexpected merits. Reading it as a carefully planned whole is a reminder of, or introduction to, what extensive resources we all have but often ignore or forget about. As an aide memoir, to scan or dip into when we feel boring, deskilled, daunted or just weary, it will be an invaluable refreshment. It should be on the reading list of all supervisors, trainers and consultant/coaches.’
– Brigid Proctor, Fellow, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)