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

Set up and evolution of a rehabilitation group in a Therapeutic Community: Grounded Theory

Abstract

Objective: people with severe mental illness lack in communication skills and social functioning but they do have needs, goals and dreams which can be promoted and empowered. The rehabilitation program employed in this report aims at enhancing the individual’s wellbeing and the social skills of the clients of a Therapeutic Community in Rome. Method: “Entertaining Knowledge Group” is a weekly atelier which was planned to strengthen the clients’ skills to organize cultural and recreational activities in Rome. We used an action research approach project (Hopkins, 1993) in order to monitor, to verify and to improve our practice. Results: main findings indicate clients’ clinical changes and increased social interactions after 10 months. Conclusions: results suggest that working on the reflections and on the proposals of the clients in an existing trustworthy group framework can enhance the healthy and adaptable parts of every single participant.

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