Therapeutic mediation and its evolution through art and psychoanalysis

Credit hour 3




The course will follow two main objectives: in the first place, we will study the evolution of therapeutic mediations usage as a response to specific psychic suffering. Secondly, we will analyze the theoretical-methodological basis of therapeutic mediated devices and the particularities of the medium used.


Level : Graduate

Overview of therapeutic mediation basis

•    History of mediation and art in mental-health care

•    Meta-psychology of therapeutic mediation:

     o    The malleable/pliable medium
     o    Sensory properties and diversity in ways of symbolization

•    Therapeutic mediation and the psychoanalytic framework:

     o    Specificity of mediation and free association, transference, interpretation, creative process, group dynamics...

Clinical practice

•    Methodology of mediation: from painting and clay modeling group to videogame medium


Semester 1


Bick, E. (1968). “The experience of the skin in early objects relations”, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Brun, A. (2011). “Child psychosis and therapeutic mediation”, Psychoanalytische Perspectieven (Vol. 29).

Freud, S. (1925). “A note upon the mystic writing pad”, SE volume XIX, The Ego and the Id and Other Works (2001).

Milner, M. (1969). The Hands of the Living God: An Account of a Psycho-analytic Treatment, Routledg (2010).

Mitrani, J-L. et Mitrani, T. (2015). Frances Tustin Today, Routledge.

Roussillon, R., (2010). Primitive Agony and Symbolization, Karnac Books.

Searles, H. (1994). My work with borderline patients, Jason Aronson.

Stern, D. (1985). The interpersonal world of the infant, Basic books (1985).

Winnicott, D.-W. (1971). Playing and reality, Routledge (2012).


First and second session: written examination (2h).