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The Creative Journal for Children
A Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors

72 simple exercises in writing and drawing to
foster your child's creativity, self-esteem and learning skills.

by Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.

Exercises are explained in a "How,"  "Why," and "When" format making them very clear and easy to use.  

These exercises for journal keeping are simple and enjoyable ways for children from kindergarten through junior high to:

  • express feelings and thoughts

  • feel comfortable about writing and drawing

  • acquire the habits of self-observation and reflection

  • foster a positive self-image

  • exercise imagination

  • learn to communicate

  • strengthen attention span and concentration

  • enrich academic skills

  • find strength and wisdom within

The Creative Journal Method is a tested technique used in schools and in child psychology counseling that can be used easily at home or in the classroom. 

One of the most important aspect of journal keeping: it develops the individual's sense of personal responsibility, self-reliance, and self-respect.

Often, in the very act of drawing and writing a feeling or dream, the child resolves whatever is troubling him or her. 

One child, who was having trouble with depression and rage, was asked to write her feelings down in her journal. After a page or so of venting anger, she decided she was tired of being mad and decided to "get off it," and went off to play.

 "Lucia Capacchione's THE CREATIVE JOURNAL FOR CHILDREN provides a safe environment for children to find the buried treasure within: feelings, experiences, intuition, and dreams. Since grades and criticism are not part of her journal method, and sharing is voluntary and non threatening, children can relax and enjoy using this journal as a vehicle for self-exploration and expression."

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. 
- Author, Love is Letting Go of Fear


"THE CREATIVE JOURNAL FOR CHILDREN represents the leading edge of learning and where we need to go with our educational system. For the past fifteen years, Lucia Capacchione has been a forerunner in the creation of safe and nonjudgmental learning environments that kindle children's curiosity and encourage them to ask the kinds of questions that lead to greater learning. In witnessing the development and application of her methods in the school systems, I have seen children experience remarkable mental and emotional breakthroughs. THE CREATIVE JOURNAL FOR CHILDREN is for every parent and teacher who wants to give children full opportunity for creative expression and development."

Mona Brookes
- Author, Drawing With Children

Lucia Capacchione has spent 25 + years pioneering effective methods of education on all levels of learning, from early child development to postgraduate training.

She holds a doctorate in psychology and has practiced art therapy with individuals, families, and groups. A  consultant to businesses and schools districts, a lecturer and workshop leader, and a trainer of health-care professionals and educators. 

In the early 60's she trained as a Montessori teacher, then became Child Development Supervisor for the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where she was responsible for establishing 12 Head Start programs. Later she taught child development classes in her local community college: Child, Family, and Community and Art for Teachers of Young Children.

She received instructor certification in Dr. Thomas Gordon's P.E.T. (Parent Effectiveness Training) and T.E.T. (Teacher Effectiveness Training.) She taught parents, teachers, and school administrators.

"As a mother,  I have been to the depths and also to the ecstatic heights of what parenting has to offer. I have shared parenthood as half of a couple, been a single parent, and been the parent of stepchildren in a blended family. Today, as a grandparent, I can look back with the wisdom that only age and experience can bring and share this tool - "The Creative Journal. May your journey into parenting bring you as much life and love as it has me. You deserve the best . And so do your children and their children and all the children after them." 

 Lucia Capacchione, author, quote from The Creative Journal for Parents - A Guide to Unlocking Your Natural Parenting Wisdom

The Creative Journal for Children will appeal not only to parents and teachers but also to professionals in the fields of health care, psychotherapy, and special education.

Please order your copy of Dr. Lucia's book , right now, PLUS we have a nice selection of Journals in our Art/School Supplies section. 

We especially recommend that you purchase and work with Recovery of Your Inner Child by Lucia Capacchione to heal your relationship with YOUR inner child so * you * can help children with * their * inner child. 

and also to sharpen your parenting skills - The Creative Journal For Parents - A Guide to Unlocking Your Natural Parenting Wisdom  by Lucia Capacchione

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., has written 2 other great books on parenting and teaching children to tap into their creativity, they are now being used in progressive school systems. They are the perfect tools to help your children: 

The Creative Journal for Teens - Making Friends With Yourself 

The Creative Journal For Parents - A Guide to Unlocking Your Natural Parenting Wisdom 

Her pioneering work with "The Creative Journal - The Art of Finding Yourself "has been supported by the following educators:

Dr. Raymond Terrell and Dr. Randall Lindsay, School of Education, California State University at Los Angeles, whose encouragement and support introduced this method into the public schools.

Roberta Curinga for her enthusiastic guidance as Director of our pilot project in the Garvey School District in Rosemead, California

Dr. Gerry McCormack, who introduced the Creative Journal to the Lawndale School District and the staff of Mark Twain Elementary School for their creative application in the classroom.

Zena Schaffer and the staff at Farmdale Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified Schools, for integrating this method into their curriculum.

Jean Katz for the opportunity to train special education teachers in the Los Angeles County Schools. 

Her most famous works include:

 Recovery of Your Inner Child

The Creative Journal - The Art of Finding Yourself
The Power of Your Other Hand - A course in channeling the inner wisdom of the right brain

Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams

*NEW RELEASE *Living With Feeling - The Art of Emotional Expression

Aromatherapy - helps Kids too

I have used Young Living Essential Oils for years. 

Young Living Essential Oils are powerful. Dr.Lucia Capacchione, PH.D. Pioneer Expressive Arts Therapist, Art Therapy book author and good friend of mine, stopped by with 2 of her grandsons. One felt very sick to his stomach so I put 1 drop of Peppermint oil in a glass of water, he drank it and in less than 5 minutes he felt fine. 

Another good friend came over, a bit agitated about his recent divorce, I put 2 drops of our blend "Peace & Calming" on this 250 pound guy's neck, and he put 1 drop under his nose, and within 10 minutes- he was laid back and chilled out - saying "Golly, I think there is something to these oils!" 

Believe me, this works great on hard-to-manage and hyperactive kids too, as a matter of fact, many parents have used our blend Peace & Calming with our supplement "Mineral Essence" as an alternative to Ritalin.

For more information see:
What is Aromatherapy?

See our Aromatherapy - Essential Oils book catalog

How to buy Young Living Essential Oils at Wholesale!

About the Author

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T. is First a Mother and Grandmother, an Art Therapist Registered & Registered Expressive Arts Therapist, artist, psychologist, popular international workshop leader, author of 12 books, including her newest release on May 25th, 2001, Living With Feeling - The Art of Emotional Expression by Lucia Capacchione, PH.D, A.R.T.; and the best-selling Recovery of Your Inner Child. The originator of the Creative Journal Method, Dr. Capacchione is recognized as a pioneer in health and healing through creativity. As a career counselor, she has conducted job outplacement seminars, talent development, and corporate consulting for business and industry, including such clients as Hallmark, Mattel, and Walt Disney Imagineering. She lives near Big Sur, California

Please See:
About Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D, A.R.T., R.E.A.T.

The Creative Journal For Parents - A Guide to Unlocking Your Natural Parenting Wisdom  by Lucia Capacchione

The Creative Journal for Teens - Making Friends With Yourself by Lucia Capacchione

Now Get Creative Kids - Learn To Be A Better Parent and Teach Your Child at Home

The Creative Journal - The Art of Finding Yourself  by Lucia Capacchione

Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams  by Lucia Capacchione

Putting Your Talent To Work  by Lucia Capacchione

The Power of Your Other Hand - A course in channeling the inner wisdom of the right brain  by Lucia Capacchione

Recovery of Your Inner Child by Lucia Capacchione

How Do I Select The Right Dr. Capacchione's Book For Me?

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June 4, 1979 to June 6, 1997

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