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.
- 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.
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.