Creativity Workshops

Writing is a wonderful form of creative expression that everyone can engage in, and benefit from. Join Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD, author of Writing through the Darkness: Easing Your Depression with Paper and Pen, for a virtual workshop on how journaling, blogging and/or creative writing can help ease emotional trauma and depressive symptoms—and even improve the immune system. (View our presenter biographies.)

Sparking Creativity in Healing

A 50-minute video of a workshop delivered at the DBSA 2008 National Conference

Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD, is a science journalist, mental health advocate and pioneer in using creative writing as a tool for easing depression. Since 1998, she has led a unique creative writing program for people with mood disorders, meeting at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. This group draws members from across the San Francisco Bay Area and has been recommended by mental health care professionals.

Tip Work towards bettering your attitude!

"Be nice to everyone you meet, they are fighting a battle you know nothing about." This is why the golden rule is so important. I find myself having a bad attitude to whomever when I'm coming out of a low swing or even out of manic irritability, pushing away the people closest to me & even w/ those who are not so close to me, I'm realizing that giving everyone a bad attitude cause underneath I'VE got struggles/emotional stress, who knows what the other person is dealing with outside of me..