EDITORIAL: Seeking Diogenes –in a Crisis of Institutions and Relationships

It was not a conscious intention of the Editorial Committee that, in the second issue of our electronic magazine, most topics relate to the effects of the crisis in the therapists’ life and work. The reason is that, one way or another, and beyond peoples’ pain and suffering, we are all experiencing a profound crisis of institutions and relationships.

Providing a supportive educative context to families

Luiggi Boscolo, a distinguished colleague, told me yesterday evening that what he brought back to Italy from the Prague 1987 Congress, and he used for his Seminars, was the Diogenes story I had contributed there in one of my interventions. Thinking about it at night, I decided to incorporate it again in my condensed presentation highlighting our approach to Family Therapy at the Athenian Institute of Anthropos.

Dealing with the Crisis: Actualizing the Power of The Group

The crisis is a social event. It is a social drama which becomes a personal drama and thus, the management of crisis can not be just a personal matter. In this paper, with the purpose of a better understanding of the complexity of such an event, we use the knowledge of the Neurosciences, of the General Systems Theory, of the Complex Systems, of The Sciences of Anthropos, of Psychology and Sociology.

Hypotheses are dialogues: sharing hypotheses with clients

The use of systemic hypotheses in therapy has been criticized on the ground that it promotes the expert position of the therapist and tends to underplay the role of the client in the therapeutic process. In this article, we propose to view the systemic hypothesis as a collaborative action, involving the dialogue between therapists and clients

Intercultural couples: challenges and difficulties

This essay is a result of personal and professional experience. I have the privilege of being a member of an intercultural family and a multicultural extensive family system. My husband is Greek and our daughter perceives herself as “one hundred per cent Greek and one hundred per cent Italian”

Group Psychotherapy with parents of patients with psychosis

This paper presents a systemic approach to group work with parents of patients with mental illness. Close relatives, especially mothers, act as the major carers for patients with psychosis. Patients’ families feel overwhelmed, most of them are isolated, and need support from mental health services. The parents group is an effective therapeutic intervention that helps families to cope with problems, improves the quality of relationships and can facilitate the return of a person with mental illness to recovery.

Experiences of a psychiatric trainee in the times of crisis; the role of training in psychotherapy in the public sector

In our days, and under the great social and economic pressures which have been brought about by the global economic crisis, consultation and collaboration with patients becomes at times more strained and complex. Alongside the clinical challenges which already exist in the area of mental healthcare, many new social problems and practical operational issues are now added in all public health structures.

Solidarity Clinic of Heraklion -An interactive solidarity process

Solidarity clinics are a new institution which was created by the need for meaning to be produced towards a dual direction: on the one hand for those who need help and care and in whom the official state shows no interest, and on the other for those who need to declare their presence as people and citizens by organizing and participating in these efforts.