Social media can be understood as a psychological extension of the self into the digital world. This extension of self is both real and meaningful. The way in which online social platforms mediate selves has important consequences for individuals, interpersonal relationships, and for society as a whole. Drawing on his 2014 The Psychodynamics of Social Networking, as well as research and thinking he has developed further in the intervening years, Dr. Balick will share the highlights of what therapists should know about these important topics. Dr. Balick deploys theories from Relational Psychoanalysis and applies them to understanding the intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics that are activated and conveyed by different forms of social media as well as the socio-cultural contexts in which they are happening. This event will consist of a lecture covering the major themes with plenty of time for questions and discussion to follow.