The Change Companies

We apologize. Your browser is incompatible with our system. Please upgrade to Internet Explorer version 8 or higher. If you are on version 8 or higher, please turn off compatibility view.

Click here to see upgrading options
Call 888-889-8866 to speak with a product specialist.

Interactive Journaling®

Interactive Journaling® is a structured and experiential writing process that motivates and guides participants toward positive life change.

Since 1989, The Change Companies® has collaborated with industry leaders in behavior change to create Interactive Journals to promote positive, lasting change. There is no shortage of educational materials available. The key is going beyond standard educational materials with resources that help people apply meaningful and relevant information to their own lives.

That's where Interactive Journaling® can help.

Interactive Journaling® is a participant-directed approach designed to enhance the therapeutic alliance while bringing structure and consistency to service delivery. Interactive Journaling® emphasizes real-life application, encouraging participants to ask, “What does this mean to me?” With a strong evidence base to help individuals achieve their change goals, Interactive Journals are accessible and engaging for a wide variety of users.

This innovative process was originally created with the assistance of over 250 professionals in the health and human services field. The Change Companies® has further improved the design and delivery of Interactive Journaling® through end-user feedback, counselor and facilitator reviews and numerous follow-up studies.

We invite you to peruse the evidence-based studies and Frequently Asked Questions below, and contact us if you have further questions.

Interactive Journaling ® is included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

How Interactive Journaling® works

30-second Rule

Core content is presented in bite-sized pieces to allow for easy comprehension and to create a sense of confidence and accomplishment.

Interactive Format

Important concepts are followed by a journaling component which encourages individuals to internalize, or "try on," new knowledge.

Focus On Core Information

Concisely delivered information avoids overwhelming the participants.


Participants are given a consistent message that change is possible and they can make it happen.

Enhances the Therapeutic Alliance

Journals assist in creating a collaborative approach between the facilitator/counselor and the participant based on shared goals and strategies for making changes.

Personal Responsibility

A consistent message is given that individuals are personally responsible for their thinking and behavior.

Story-focused Approach

Key concepts are presented in a first-person story format to build interest and to establish an emotive level of understanding.

Color for Comprehension

Use of full color attracts individuals' attention and helps increase their retention.

Experiential Learning Guide

Targeted questions encourage participants to use their life experiences as a foundation for change.

Consistent Reading Level

A consistent reading level is incorporated for each Journal based on the age and academic backgrounds of the participants.

Rule of Thirds

Pages are designed with an ideal balance of text, graphics and journaling.

Use of Core Graphics

Journal graphics don't just look good - they focus on key behavior change concepts.

Sense of Permanence

Journals are printed on durable paper and saddle-stitched to reinforce a sense of quality and permanence.

Flexible Use

Interactive Journals are modular to best meet participants' individualized needs.

The right resource

There is a wide variety of Interactive Journals available for the needs of individuals in many fields. Explore your options here.

Make it your own

We are dedicated to finding solutions that work for you and your participants. Give us a call to talk about how we can meet your needs. A real person will be there to answer the phone.

Interactive Journaling® works

The Change Companies® continually improves the design and delivery of Interactive Journals by applying new research, participant feedback, counselor and facilitator reviews, and numerous follow-up studies. Look at some of the evidence backing up Interactive Journals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are Interactive Journals evidence-based?
    Yes. Interactive Journaling® is included in SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Interactive Journals apply evidence-based strategies demonstrated to effect positive behavior change in a participant-centered resource.
  2. Can you help me select the Interactive Journals that are the best fit for my program?
    Yes. We'd be happy to help. Because most Interactive Journals are modular, we will work with you to identify and combine the Journals that best support your program objectives and meet the individualized needs of your participants.
  3. Do you offer training on Interactive Journals?
    Yes. We offer a suite of comprehensive training options to create knowledge about and fidelity to Interactive Journaling®. Training is available both electronically and in-person.
  4. How many hours or sessions does it take to complete an Interactive Journal?
    Each Journal can be delivered differently based on the intensity and frequency of treatment needed. Rather than a "one size fits all" approach, Interactive Journals can be adapted to a variety of situations. Our sales staff can assist you with constructing the most effective program service delivery model.
  5. Can you send me a sample Interactive Journal?
    Interactive Journals can be previewed on our website through the products page. If you'd like more information, contact our sales staff to receive a guided, personalized tour through our resources.