Public Programs at Pacifica – Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Clinical Writing Workshop

Hi, Everyone,

I just want to bring this workshop to your attention, especially those of you who are clinicians or students in clinically-oriented programs.

Suzi Naiburg is a Jungian analyst that I have known for a long time and her approach to writing is focused on writing as a clinician. She is presenting one of the pre-conference workshops before The Writer’s Journey conference. She is the author of a new book, Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Writer¹s Guide for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists, which will be published by Routledge in June.

The description is below. Full information and a registration form can be found at Or you can call the Public Programs office at 969.3626, ext. 103 to register. This pre-conference workshop is available to you even if you are not attending the full Writer’s conference.

Friday, April 26, 9:00 am-4:30 pm

6 Continuing Education Credits for MFTs, LCSWs, and RNs

$140 includes lunch

Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Clinical Writing Workshop

with Suzi Naiburg

Jung recognized that the patient/therapist relationship is ³often of such intensity that we could almost speak of a ‘combination¹ . . . in which both are altered.² Yet our clinical writing rarely evokes what it¹s like to be in the temenos with our patients, relying on narrative summary and the amplification of symbolic material instead. Evocative language works by invitation and suggestion. In the enactive mode, meaning is experienced in the act of reading; it is lived as well as thought. The lyric narrative mode compels readers¹ participation in and explorations of the uncertainties and unfinished business of the lyric present. Its aesthetic reflects a commitment to the priority of experiencing. In this workshop, you¹ll be introduced to the evocative, enactive, and lyric narrative modes of clinical prose (in contrast to the narrative and paradigmatic modes) and will be invited to experiment with writing in new ways. The workshop¹s close readings, guided-writing exercises, didactic material, and discussions will be useful for both unpublished and published writers and for therapists of all strips.

Suzi Naiburg, Ph.D., LICSW, is on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and has taught more than 40 clinical writing workshops over the past 15 years, including those for The Journal of Analytical Psychology, The International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, MIP, Division 39, and NASW. She was the Executive Director of the Jung Society of New Mexico when she lived in Santa Fe. Suzi has a private practice in Belmont, MA, in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and is an editor and writing coach. She is the author of Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Writer¹s Guide for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists (forthcoming from Routledge in 2013).

We hope you will consider joining us for this special opportunity.


Toni D’Anca
Director of Public Programs
Pacifica Graduate Institute
249 Lambert Road
Carpinteria, CA 93013
805.969.3626, ext. 355
805.879.7392 fax