Expanding Clinical Understanding Through Writing

We are pleased to announce that, after a successful pilot program, a new writing workshop will be held in the fall of 2014.

Overview: This course utilizes a psychoanalytic perspective to expand both personal and clinical writing. Writing in this manner deepens clinical understanding and draws the writer into unconcscious realms. Particpants 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 learnig in a safe and confidential atmosphere to enhance the deepening of this unique and sensitive experience. 

Target Audience and Level: This course is open to mental health professionals, students, and those in related fields interested in learning to write from a psychoanalytic perspective. No previous writing experience is required. 



Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 7:15pm to Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:45pm
5 meetings



4455 Morena Boulevard, Suite 202
San Diego, CA 92117
United States
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$150 for licensed professionals
$125 for students

Educational Objective(s)

  • To introduce writing as a learning tool in practice
  • To expand psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic thinking through writing
  • To deepen awareness of cultural and intergenerational dimensions in clinical practice through the use of psychoanalytic writing

Presenter Information

Harry Polkinhorn, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice, faculty member, Director of 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 Potel, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice; Training and Supervising Analyst at SDPC; she has authored and presented numerous papers at conferences both nationally and internationally.