Therapeutic mediation in a psychodynamic research framework

Credit hour 3
Total number of hours 52
Number of hours for lectures 52


1.    To study and discuss the various types of psychodynamic therapeutic mediation.
2.    Outline the implementation of a therapeutic mediation intervention and its suitability in a research framework. Example: videogames used as a therapeutic mediation.
3.    To present and analyze the different mediations encountered during the students traineeship.


Level : Graduate
22hrs class + 30 hrs individual work

Implications of therapeutic mediation:

1.    History of mediation and art in mental-health institutions,

2.    Therapeutic mediation according to the psychoanalytic framework:

    o    Free association, transference, sublimation, creative process, group dynamics...).

3.    Meta-psychology of therapeutic mediation:

    o    The malleable/pliable medium.

Videogame as a therapeutic mediation:

1.    Digital media and mental health,

2.    Implementation of a psychotherapeutic device using videogames and scientific research openings,

3.    The importance of the image, the “avatar” and the hardware.

Pedagogical tools

•    Tutorials
•    Oral discussions accompanied by theoretical recalls
•    Clinical cases will also be reviewed and analyzed
•    Group presentations and debates


Semester 2


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

Prinzhorn, H. (1922), Artistry of the Mentally Ill: A Contribution to the Psychology and Psychopathology of Configuration, Springer Science & Business Media (2013).

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

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



Team-oral presentation of a therapeutic mediation device related to the students traineeship / 30~45 minutes, depending on the number of students registered for tutorials. Written document: extended summary of the student’s research work (first session).
Second session: written exam (2h).