N.37 - Research and clinical application of group therapy within mental health services

Extended groupality and relationship building How to deinstitutionalize institutions

Abstract

This article presents the work carried out in a Therapeutic Community in a suburb of Rome. In particular, it describes significant group interventions such as: multi-family group psychoanalysis, the “hearing voices” group as well as interventions aimed at building a relationship with the neighborhood in question. In addition, it shows how a Community of this kind can not only provide therapy but can also be a means to help guide towards recovery. In fact, it acts on the grounds that people who suffer from mental health issues are not “carrying a disease” but rather that they have particular mental health conditions which necessitate support. An external support system as well as specialized and technical help in their daily lives. The combination of all these factors are at the basis of the Therapeutic Community and the effectiveness of its interventions.

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