Visual Prayer Journaling for Christian Care Professionals: A New Self-Care Intervention Model
Master of Arts in Art Therapy
In this mixed methods study, the researcher investigated the effects of visual prayer journaling (VPJ) on the work stress and current self-care practices of Christian care professionals (CCPs), including pastors and ministry workers. The researcher utilized a three-hour visual prayer journaling workshop, pre-test and post-test administration of the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) scale (version 5), a two-week period of private journaling by participants, and a follow-up survey. A small sample size (N=5) negated statistical significance and no significant patterns were detected among participants’ ProQOL scores. The qualitative results of the study revealed five overarching themes. They included: (a) shift of focus to the positive and especially to God; (b) expression, transformation and containment of overwhelming affect and expression of more positive, self-regulating emotions; (c) deepened self-awareness; (d) transformation and newness; (e) nature. Further research was recommended.