This paper examines clinical skills, attitudes and training in brief psychotherapy. The authors analyse the impact of the economic crisis on the public health system, i.e. the cut in professional resources, to underline the importance of new modalities of treatment to optimise psychological support. The skills, acquired during training, that ensure clinical expertise and efficiency are described: basic clinical, psychotherapeutic and brief focal integrated psychotherapeutic skills. The authors illustrate how to single out and monitor, with the patient, the therapeutic focus and the treatment process. In brief psychotherapy the clinician focuses on the patient’s potential resources and encourages the client to take an active part in the therapeutic process. Training comprises: individual learning in a peer group and supervision of clinical cases in individual or group settings. With regard to the trainer’s competencies the authors emphasise that the trainer passes on his/her skills spotting and identifying with the students’ learning difficulties. Finally, the authors present a supervision methodology for brief integrated psychotherapy taught by the ISeRDiP in Milan (ISeRDiP : Istituto per lo Studio e la Ricerca sui Disturbi Psichici).
Keywords: Skills, attitudes, training, brief focal psychotherapy