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Helping to Heal,…

A St. Philip's College faculty member and trauma writing subject matter expert has been teaching college faculty members how to use the writing process to heal in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, both for themselves and their students.
Dr. Jen Osborne, Faculty

Helping to Heal, Through Writing: SPC's Dr. Jen Osborne

A St. Philip's College faculty member and trauma writing subject matter expert has been teaching college faculty members how to use the writing process to heal in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, both for themselves and their students.

The faculty member is Dr. Jen Osborne, a member of the college's Communications and Learning department http://alamo.edu/spc/communications-learning/. Osborne taught in her capacity as the director of the Center for Trauma Writing during the program Writing and Healing after Hurricane Harvey, sponsored Oct. 28 in Corpus Christi by the Coastal Bend Writing Project at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

A news report illuminated what many at St. Philip's College have known and benefitted from for some time. Osborne's research on narrative writing, expressive writing and trauma includes work with survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. “Decades of sound research in the field of psychology shows that expressive writing, when done on a regular basis, leads to strong health outcomes like physical and mental health improvements,” Osborne told a reporter. “It’s an inexpensive, easy tool to build psychological resiliency, to recover from trauma and lead a more contented and happy life.”

Under Osborne’s leadership in 2016, St. Philip’s College celebrated National Poetry Month with a reading by poet Laura Van Prooyen in a program Osborne organized and themed Of Place & Displacement: Poetry Reading by Laura Van Prooyenhttp://www.alamo.edu/spc/poetry-reading/. Van Prooyen was interviewed in 2016 by New York Times for giving back through her innovative work as a team member at Fort Sam Houston where she enhanced a six-week six-psychiatrists-and-a-poet program for the treatment of armed services members with PTSD. That program was part of a broader Pentagon effort to apply the arts in the treatment of GIs, and Osborne partnered with Van Prooyen to bring the capacity of trauma writing to heal to a wider audience.

Read more on Osborne's work to help people recover after the Category 4 storm in September at http://tamucc.edu/news/2017/11/110217%20CBWP%20Writing%20and%20Healing%20After%20Harvey.html#.Wg2hrrQ-cW8. For details on trauma writing initiatives, contact Dr. Jen Osborne at josborne@alamo.edu.

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