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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Analysis and Creative Writing: A Psychoanalytic Scientific Presentation

Posted By on Sun, Oct 12, 2008 at 9:37 PM




On Friday October 17 at 8:00 pm, the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center (3624 Coliseum St.) will host a scientific presentation geared toward mental health clinicians, creative writers and readers of fiction alike. The speaker, Fred L. Griffin, M.D. -- Training and Supervising Analyst with the NOBPC and Director of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alabama School of Medicine-- will discuss how his creation of a work of autobiographical fiction led to expanded self-understanding through the therapeutic process of writing.

In his presentation, "One Form of Self-Analysis: Processing Emotional Trauma through Creative Writing," he will discuss how others may use this technique for both personal and professional/clinical purposes to process emotional trauma creatively.

Dr. Griffin has a private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy in Birmingham, Ala. and writes and lectures in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and the emergent field of narrative medicine, and is on the Board of Editorial Readers for The Psychoanalytic Quarterly.

The event is free and open to the public, and for those who'd like to attend there is some suggested light reading :


  • Griffin, F.L. (2005). Clinical Conversations between Psychoanalysis and Imaginative Literature, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, LXXIV, pp. 443-462.

  • Lusting, A. (1990). Morning till Evening. In Street of Lost Brothers. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, pp. 1-2

Continuing education credits, CMEs, are also available to mental health professionals at $15 for NOBPC members and $25 for nonmembers.


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