Media and the Inner World


Media and the Inner World has devised two short courses that will be running during the Autumn of this year.

1. Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture

In collaboration with the Freud Museum, we have designed a short course entitled ‘Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture’.

This course uses psychoanalytic ideas to explore the emotional and therapeutic experiences of popular culture and the media. It takes as its starting point the idea that we live in a therapeutic society where the media provide potential spaces through which to experience different emotions. The sessions will discuss various themes in popular culture and media, as for example, emotive representations of motherhood in film and the flirtatious mechanisms of ‘spin’ in political media culture. A key task of these discussions will be to explore the emotional work involved when engaging with popular culture and how these emotions are symbolised and expressed at personal, social and cultural levels of experience. Further details can be found on the Freud Museum website:

Course Dates: Monday 5th November – Monday 3rd December inclusive. Bookings are now open and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!





2. On Communicating and Not Communicating: A Psychodynamic Approach to Using Social Media

We are writing to invite those of you in practice as psychotherapists or psychoanalysts to attend a free CPD training course. As part of the MiW remit this year, we have planned a half-day event on social media and their usefulness or otherwise for those working in the therapeutic context. Taking a psychodynamic approach, the course will provide space to explore the ethical dilemmas involved in creating an online presence as well as providing some hands-on introductory training in using social media networks such as Twitter.

The course will be held on Saturday 22nd Sept from 2-5pm at the University of Roehampton and will be facilitated by Dr Caroline Bainbridge (University of Roehampton), Dr Candida Yates (University of East London) and Dr Aaron Balick (Psychotherapist, University of Essex). Places are free but must be booked in advance.

Further details and booking information can be found here:








 3. A Psychodynamic Approach to Mediatising Organisations

Media and Inner World CPD workshop for Professionals in the field of Psychotherapy:

Saturday 1 December 2012, 11am-1pm:

‘A Psychodynamic Approach to Mediatising Organisations’

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary Bradbury, Psychoanalyst and Analytic Consultant

Venue: The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, 120 Belsize Lane, London, NW3 5BA

Room: Ground Floor, Seminar rooms 1-3

Tickets: £30. To book your place:

This session is part of a lecture series organized by the Media and Inner World Research Network ( that sets out to explore the relationships between psychotherapy and the influence of the media in professional practice and everyday life. The lectures in this series will each draw on clinical and scholarly expertise to examine the experience of psychotherapy and its relationship to the media to ask how psychotherapists might engage creatively with developments in this field.

The session will address the issues, experiences and dilemmas of practicing psychotherapy in a media age. In particular, it will provide a space to explore the relationships between psychotherapy organisations and the use of media to promote professional practice and the identities of psychotherapists who are attached to that organization and work in it. The pressures to promote psychotherapy to new markets using new forms of online communication raise a number of questions about how to engage with digital media without compromising ethical and professional boundaries. The aim of this session is to facilitate discussion about the responsibilities of psychotherapy organizations when promoting, protecting and hopefully enhancing the professional identities of psychotherapy practitioners today.

• How can individuals and psychotherapy organisations respond to expectations about online visibility while maintaining appropriate boundaries?
• Is psychotherapy a ‘non media’ activity?

Speaker Details: Dr. Mary Bradbury
Mary Bradbury is an IPA Psychoanalyst with a background in Social Anthropology (BA, University of Cambridge) and Social Psychology (PhD, University of London). In addition to working in private practice, she is a Clinic Consultant at the London Clinic of Psychoanalysis. She is a visiting lecturer in post-graduate studies at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where she has worked as an adult psychotherapist. Mary Bradbury is currently the director of Outreach at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She has written articles, chapters and a book on the topics of death, bereavement, mental illness, stigma and stress. Since 2009 she has been the mental health consultant to Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, implementing a mental health project for employees. She is also an Associate Consultant at the Tavistock Consultancy Service. Mary Bradbury is a registrant of the British Psychoanalytic Council. She is a Member of the International Psychoanalytic Association and the British Psychological Society.

The session will be hosted by the Directors of the AHRC Media and Inner World research network (

•    Dr. Caroline Bainbridge, Reader in Visual Culture, University of Roehampton
•    Dr. Candida Yates, Reader in Psychosocial Studies, University of East London

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