Q: How long has Writeface been in operation?
A: Writeface was established in 2014, by Scott Hower and Annie Ginder.
Q: How many veterans have attended Writeface programs.
A: From 2014 through 2018, Scott and Annie have instructed more than 200 attendees, all veterans and family members.
Q: How do you provide classes to vets and their family members and not charge them?
A: The costs for instructors, materials, and rental costs for the classroom venue are paid for by large and small donations before a seminar or workshop is held. With your help, we help them.
Q: Does the medical profession support writing as a way to help those with PTSD?
A: Studies conducted by James W. Pennebaker, Social Psychologist and pioneer of writing therapy, indicate that journaling and creative writing help mitigate PTSD and depression. Cambridge University, UK, studies cite the physical and emotional benefits of expressive writing therapies and the American Psychological Association supports the efficacy of writing therapies for a variety of psychological conditions, including PTSD.
Q: How does writing help mitigate symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
A: High stress levels disrupt activity within the brain’s emotional centers (Amygdala, Hippocampus) and reasoning center (Frontal Cortex). Brain scans show that writing exercises ‘rewire’ the brain and re-establish synaptic activity between the Amygdala, Hippocampus and Frontal Cortex.
Q: Do all veterans have PTSD?
A: Not all veterans have PTSD. Nor is PTSD limited to combat veterans or military personnel—anyone, civilian or military, subjected to high levels of stress is susceptible to PTSD.
Q: Are Writeface seminars and workshops for Veterans only?
A: No, Writeface began by only serving veterans and their family members. However, because stress effects so many others, we also offer, for a fee, separate classes for any organization seeking to offer a stress reduction program for employees and volunteers.