Mental Health Center: The relationship "individual/social coexistence milieu /Service" in the clinical intervention for mental illness

Roberto Vari


The models of clinical intervention are represented through three categorical axsis. Different approaches to the therapeutic intervention in a Mental Health Service are highlighted, through the analysis of a clinical case, in order to point out problems, limits and potentialities of each approach. The relational dynamics inherent the triad “individual/coexistence environment/Service” are proposed as object of the clinical intervention for problems concerning mental illness. The survey of the configurations assumed by the emotional symbolizations within the above mentioned triadic frame allows to individuate potential recurrent critical contexts. The construction of a categorization system of the clinical phenomena expressed in the demand is here explored as an alternative to the main systems of classification pivoting on symptoms and personality traits. In the end, potential development lines of the Mental Health Center are analyzed together with its possible reorganization


mental illness; Mental Health Center; social coexistence milieu; short term psychological intervention; categorization systems.

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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)

ISSN 1828-9363