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Dialectic of War Trauma

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The paper refers to the theoretical and clinical analysis of work with homogeneous groups on the example of war veterans group therapy. In particular, the specificity of psychological content developed by veterans referring to traumatic experiences related to the uniqueness of the war is explored. The conflicts and needs of people who live in a chronic state of separation from contact with civil society are subject to analysis. Such phenomena as the durability of Read more

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Therapeutic and analytical group field with anorexic patients

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In this contribution there are two main questions related to clinical conceptualizations in the psychoanalytic field which can be adopted in the work with the anorexic patients. 1. The first concerns the question of whether anorexia can be described as an independent psychoneurosis, such as, in Freud’s classification of psychoneurosis, the obsessive syndrome. 2. The second question concerns the possibility of conceiving that when the patients are disturbed at the oral level, or more generally in Read more

FormeCircolari

Homogeneous time-limited groups and eating disorders

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This work describes some hypotheses on the functioning of the homogeneous time-limited group mechanism used in the treatment of eating disorders, led with a psychoanalytic vertex observation. The work is divided into 4 main parts. In the first part, the authors describe the meaning of homogeneous group and its characteristics particularly in terms of  specific therapeutic elements and group functioning. In the second part, an analysis of the homogeneous group within the treatment of eating disorders is carried on. In the third part of the work, Time-limited group psychotherapies are presented, being these characterized from a prearrangement of the term; concepts which appear specific of time-limited group, such us Read more

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The homogenous group in the clinical practice of new symptoms. Some notes on the Lacanian psychoanalytic perspective

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The topics presented in this paper aim to answer three questions. The first: what is it that justifies the changes of contemporary psychopathological forms?  The second: why resort to the group when treating anorexia and bulimia? The third: when working with patients with eating disorders, which are the factors that make group work therapeutic? The theoretic approach that will be adopted regarding the subject in contemporary clinical practice is that of psychoanalysis of Lacanian orientation. Particular focus shall be placed on work carried out by the psychoanalyst Massimo Recalcati Read more

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A psychological support group for the parents of patients with eating disorders

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This article aims to describe the experience of conducting a psychotherapy group for parents of patients affected by eating disorders, took place in the General Hospital Sant’Orsola, in Bologna (Italy). The first part describes a theoretical analysis of the dynamics of families of patients who are affected by eating disorders. The second part describes sessions that show the special clinical dimension and therapeutic factors that characterize Read more

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Note about a new Association for the Research on the Homogeneous Group

This issue of Function Gamma on “The Homogeneous Group” was edited by A.R.G.O. (Association for the Research on Homogeneous Groups), with the collaboration of the Psychiatric Consultation Service, S.P.D.C. San Filippo Neri, Mod.19, D.S.M., U.S.L. ROMA E.
It comes out in conjunction with a convention organised in Rome 2nd June, 2001, entitled “Groups of Formation and Clinical Groups in the Health and Social Field”.
It is the first public manifestation of the association after a long process of work and confronting ideas between the founding members. During that time, theoretical reflections, clinical experiences, and above all a wealth of personal competences explored the use of the analytic micro-group in different spheres. Alimentation disorders, general medicine, disabled persons, social problems to do with the mixing of different cultures, formation and training for students and people in the helping professions are the main areas where efforts were concentrated.
In time we observed that these work experiences were starting to consolidate, resulting in the individuation Read more

GauguinAnoressia

Historical Introduction to Group therapy in the treatment of anorexic- bulimic disorders

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The history of homogeneous groups is presented, since they were first created in USA at the beginning of ‘900 until they were realized as a psychoanalitical thought of group, by Bion and Foulkes in Europe. The homogeneous group with anorexic patients and its organization is also Read more

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Therapeutic factors in the psychoanalytically oriented homogeneous group for eating disorders

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What emerges then is a self that is incomplete or vulnerable, or a self that has either not developed its own functions and objects or has only been to able to do it both by sacrificing, cutting off and isolating the self that is capable of learning from mental pain and by distancing itself from all those objects, including the body, that can instigate that learning experience. For anorexic and bulimic patients, the homogeneous group as Self-Object offers a self-recognition and affective regulation experience that lays the foundations for a process of self-exploration which would otherwise be impossible in people whose very sense of existence feels threatened. If the patients can see the  subjective form of their affective life reflected by others as something shared and therefore meaningful, human, open to communication and hence to Read more

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Presentation, Clinical and training in Homogeneus Group

An introductory synthesis for this edition of Funzione Gamma

Request for dynamic group training in emerging and frontier areas today, is ever more frequent. These areas require interventions targeted at and limited by time; as Giannelli and Zucca write “to new requests, new responses”. Today, emerging institutions and pathologies do not accept long-term periods. In the public, moreover, work groups or therapy groups are often characterised by homogeneity. Homogenous can be the request of users (ex. family members of cardiopath patients or those with neoblastic diseases who meet to deal with changes, anxieties and distress provoked by the onset of the illness; persons who have undergone traumatic experiences and need to elaborate; members of a work group with a common training requirement), homogeneous can also be the diagnosis that Read more

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Reflections on supervising groups of HIV positive patients with personality disorders

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This paper is a critical reflection on the supervision of two groups of HIV positive patients with personality disorders for the duration of five years. The patients all suffered from personality disorders of various degrees, and they had became HIV infected through drug abuse or heterosexual or homosexual contact. The groups met twice a week for an hour and a quarter in the San Luigi Centre at the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. They were open groups of men and women, counting eight participants in each Read more