Reflective Writing for Life Enrichment: An Introduction to the Progoff Intensive Journal® Method

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  •  October 14, 2018
     1:00 pm CDT - 4:00 pm CDT

Presenter: Jo Ann Koltyk, PhD


The Intensive Journal® Method is a nationally recognized technique for self-discovery and self-reflection that uses writing exercises. Created by Ira Progoff, PhD in the mid-1960’s, this technique is now taught by certified instructors.

As the first American to complete his doctoral dissertation on the work of Dr. Jung, Dr. Progoff was invited by Dr. Jung to study with him in Switzerland in the early 1950s. Dr. Progoff’s work in Depth Psychology culminated in the Intensive Journal method. While distinctly his own method, Jung’s influence on Progoff was significant as evidenced by the inclusion of the concept of the unique seed potential of each person, the importance of the spiritual dimension in overall psychological growth and the power of symbols and imagery in one’s search for meaning.

This program provides an introduction to the Intensive Journal method, which utilizes an integrated system of writing exercises for self-awareness. This method can be used to gain insights into personal relationships, career/interests, body/health, major events, dreams, and meaning in life. It may also be useful for working through transitions, reducing stress, and resolving issues.

The unique workshop atmosphere is critical for the method’s success. You work privately to feel safe to write without censorship. You are not writing your life story but rather writing what comes from within. The instructor will provide a program overview, including the major rules for using the method and the underlying principles of holistic Depth Psychology. You will be guided through sample exercises to experience how the method works.

* By registering you are agreeing to allow the Center to share your registration information with Dialogue House, which may provide occasional updates about future programs.

“Intensive Journal” is a registered trademark of Jon Progoff and is used under license by Dialogue House, the headquarters for the Intensive Journal program.  For more information, visit or read At a Journal Workshop by Ira Progoff, PhD.

About the Instructor
Jo Ann Koltyk, PhD is a certified instructor leading Intensive Journal programs since 2012. Jo Ann is also the director of the training program for leaders to conduct Intensive Journal workshops. She is also an independent scholar, published writer, educator, spiritual director, and an independent piano teacher active in the musical community. Jo Ann received her PhD in cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. She received a certificate of completion in the Jungian Studies Program at the CG Jung Institute of Chicago in 2016.


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