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Prendersi cura dei curanti: i gruppi di psicodinamica per operatori sanitari
Journal Title: GRUPPI 
Author/s: Antonella Lama 
Year:  2009 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  15 Pg. 97-111 FullText PDF:  307 KB
DOI:  10.3280/GRU2009-003006
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Taking care of staff: psychodynamic groups for healthcare professionals - Improving and maintaining staff well-being is a key corporate strategy for every stafforiented health promoting hospital. Nevertheless, there is a constant increase in suffering and conflict situations, with related manifestations of distress among healthcare professionals in hospitals departments. In the last few years, the UO 1 of Clinical Psychology at the Healthcare Trust of the Autonomous Province of Trent has introduced "psychodynamic groups" by adapting psychotherapeutic methods to the requirements of team members under the guidance of a leading psychologist. Group activity lasts an average of 12-18 months, with regular discussion meetings (twice a month). Meetings are aimed to foster participation, to transform traumatic experiences and promote the mentalization process so as to establish a new relationship among staff and with patients, thus reducing individual distress. We had positive feedback on the experience: facing compassion fatigue led to an improved emotional climate, individual ability to build new coping strategies, and transformation of traumatic experiences.
Keywords: Institutions, organic disease, staff suffering, drive for change, psychotherapeutic groups, psychodynamic groups.

Antonella Lama, in "GRUPPI" 3/2009, pp. 97-111, DOI:10.3280/GRU2009-003006


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