Expanding Clinical Understanding through Writing

This workshop utilizes a psychoanalytic perspective to expand both personal and clinical writing. Writing in this manner deepens clinical understanding and draws the writer into unconscious realms. Participants will learn to write in a clinical essay form and share their writing with other group members. The small-group format of 6-8 members facilitates learning in a safe and confidential atmosphere to enhance the deepening of this unique and sensitive experience.


NOTE: If you are interesed in participating in future workshops, please contact instructors Caroline de Pottel, Ph.D. 
or Harry Polkinhorn, Ph.D.


Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
Course meets on the following dates: 10-6, 10-13, 10-27, 11-3



4455 Morena Blvd., Ste 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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Tuition: $150 licensed professionals; $125 students

Educational Objective(s)

  • Identify three significant ways in which clinical writing can serve as a learning tool in developing the ability to work analytically with patients.
  • Discuss three specific ways that sustained practice in guided clinical writing can lead to improvements in clinical practice.
  • Describe how one’s cultural background affects how one engages with the medium of writing and how this in turn affects how one thinks about the analytic process.
  • Deepen awareness of cultural and intergenerational dimensions in one’s clinical practice with the learned tool of psychoanalytic writing.

Presenter Information

Harry Polkinhorn, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice, faculty member, Director of the Extension Division at SDPC, and Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU; he is also author, editor, and translator of over 40 volumes whose works have been published worldwide.

Caroline de Pottél, Ph.D., is a psychoanalyst in private practice; training and supervising Analyst at SDPC; and she has authored and presented numerous papers at conferences both nationally and internationally.