[SPS Conference on traineeship - 9 July 2010] - The psychological relationship with mentally ill patients in the residential and semi-residential facilities of the Department of Mental Health. Traineeship experience.

Filomena Brescia, Andrea Civitillo, Salvatore Gibilisco, Antonella Giornetti, Chiara Giovannetti, Francesca Magrini, Gabriella Mazzeo, Michela Nolè, Raffaella Quaglia, Francesca Reale, Rossella Roselli, Simona Sacchi, Luigi Sofia, Giulia Sorrentino


The authors examine the role of psychology in the Mental Health Services, especially as concerns crisis intervention and rehabilitation. Practical traineeship experiences in residential and semi-residential facilities in Rome are discussed. A differentiation is made between “crisis” and “critical event”. The former is seen as a breakdown in the pact of living together implicitly shared in a context and not  seen necessarily as the fault of the single individual; the psychiatric crisis, in this sense, raises questions from the patients and their families to the Mental Health Services. The critical event is a psychosocial construct that places the crisis in the system of relationships and of involvements. Mental illness is therefore represented as the product and generator of critical events to be examined and explored so as to identify possible individual developments following the break, set in contexts.

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Rivista di Psicologia Clinica. Teoria e metodi dell'intervento

Rivista Telematica a Carattere Scientifico Registrazione presso il Tribunale civile di Roma (n.149/2006 del 17/03/2006)

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