Coffee & Cookies group


We propose the presentation of an experience in hospital and day-hospital units: “the coffee and cookies group.” This verbal group, created in 1997 in the psycho-educational dependence of hospitals units of UPDM continues today in the actual context of the Day Hospital. This group is leaded by a psychologist and an educator, as well as by a co-entertaining nurse. It represents one of the first attempts of group work in hospital surroundings, with a population composed of adults with intellectual disability, mild to severe, and Read more

The Cartallegra group


I would like to share with you what an experience of a group is. From the October 1999 up to the June 2001, I lived this experience together with all young people carrying a mental handicap. I wish all people like managers, families and friends who approached the mental handicap universe and/or will do approach it, could get some reflections on this matter. Once per week, I was the conductor of this group which took place in a Rome lab with some of these young people carrying a mental handicap. In that period this lab was the primary structure of the association called “Cartallegra Onlus” and because of a lack of funds, it was obliged to end its activities by the end of September 2001. To begin with, I would like to explain to you all the reasons why I felt it was important to carry on this psychological/clinical work. Therefore, in the very first two paragraphs, I will provide you with some short information on the lab and how I decided to offer my Read more


The processing of traumatic events in female therapeutic groups


This paper offers points for reflection about the typical methods for processing traumatic events and the therapist’s role in female therapy groups.
The paper also makes a comparison with the dynamics of mixed gender groups. Clinical examples about the functioning of both types of group are also Read more