With this paper we want to rimember the contribution of Maria Grazia Cancrini and Lieta Harrison in spreading the systemic approach in Italy from a theoretical and clinical point of view and in training as senior supervisors at the Centro Studi di Terapia Familiare e Relazionale. This great adventure started in the seventies when they met family therapy and the systemic approach as well as Gregory Bateson in that context of great cultural and political change where a new generation learned a new thinking about the social (relational) factors building marginalization and psychiatric symptoms. In the close connection between theoretical coherence and clinical practice we can find the today importance of their professional and life itinerary in the psychiatric field as well as in the couple therapy, and we hope that you can follow traces of that through two of their most important books: "La trappola della follia" and "Potere in amore". "The smiling therapy" that is a close and caring therapy drive us toward a conception of therapeutic treatment that releases resources, a positive view of Self, building with the family cooperation to take on again their evolution process.
Keywords: Epistemology, communication that drives the other mad, relationship, couples, change, resources.