Community therapy. Focusing on the foreign body. Effects on patients and caregivers


Therapeutic communities are now and have for several decades been used for a wide array of disorders that range from substance abuse to personality disorders, and from subacute to chronic psychosis. These disorders are often intertwined and causes an overly dense diagnostic framework.

It is possible to observe two different perspectives which converge into the therapeutic  community system and allow us to pinpoint two pivotal factors of treatment. The first one, which we could define as individual, privileges the protective and facilitating function of the setting, which tends to be seen as a third element, between patient and caregiver, and therefore such that it can permit a one-to-one relationship that would otherwise be made difficult by the intensity of the transference From another standpoint (1), however, collective and group factors must be stressed, insisting on the Read more


Accepting death anxiety and agliophobia and their emotional transformation in a Laboratory Group


A group of psychologists and psychotherapists involved in different health care services for people with severe, lethal or deeply disabling somatic illnesses discuss the difficulty of their job when tackling the pain of the limit, the loss, death and emotional resonance it evokes.
The identification with terminal or severely injured patients is a difficult process: it sometimes leads to a defensive distancing, in other Read more


Individual and group elements in the individuation process


The author describes the phenomena related to the proliferation of new ideas and theories in psychoanalysis. Conservation and innovation, loyalty ‘and rupture have characterized the development of psychoanalysis from Freud to the new currents of thought, after the Second World War. From Freud’s concept of archeology of the mind to thoughts and theories more in keeping with social changes. The atmosphere ‘of enthusiasm and self-idealization, but also of disenchantment and naivete, understood Read more


The experience of a group-tale


The experience of the group-tale is carried out in two elementary schools of the city of Lione in France. It is basically a participation modality inspired by Pierre Lafforgue’s methodology, but it’s model is based on the requirements of the two groups and the conductors’ experience. The objective of the groups-tale  is to help children who present difficulties regarding to the learning process and are inhibited on the relational plan. The observation technique is of qualitative type, the method is psychoanalysis. A “group-tale” includes dynamics for which the group becomes an active system to receive, to figure and to contain. That can happen thanks to the Read more


Identification Processes in Group Organisation


The group framework is the cause of a first moment of identity-based anxiety, characterized by the non-differentiation of the group members and the projection of cleaved aggressive and libidinal elements. The group becomes a real object, represented and invested by its members as they organize it into a container/ constructor of their primal anxieties. The identification processes, whether to the group or to its members, are constructed and help the psychological person’s Read more