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WRT3106 Writing Therapy
Credit Points: 15

This unit explores the concept and practice of writing therapy and its relation to discourses of psychology, psychoanalysis, literature and history. Writing has sometimes been regarded as a symptom or cause of mental illness and pain as a source of creativity, but there is some evidence to suggest that writing improves physical and mental health, alleviates stress, and helps people to cope with grief and trauma. Students engage in and evaluate various kinds of writing therapy as well as competing ideas about creativity, illness, writing and memory. They also consider the related fields of testimonial life-writing and testimony studies that have arisen in response to major traumatic events of the twentieth century.

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
MAAACGCreative Writing Major
MIAABUCreative Writing Minor
MAAACJHistory and Writing Major
MIAABWHistory and Writing Minor
MIAADZLiterature and Writing Minor
MAAAGYLiterature and Writing Major
MAAACKPolitics and Writing Major
MIAABXPolitics and Writing Minor
DMAAAAPsychology and Writing Double Major
MAAAEVWriting Major
MIAAFEWriting Minor
MIAABYWriting and the Environment Minor
MAAACLWriting and the Environment Major
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 31/03/2010 VET: 31/03/2010