After an introduction by Alberto Merini, the papers read by Carlo Gentili and Alberto Merini at the meeting "Psychiatry and the community: Problems of training of mental health professionals" (Milan, Italy, May 6-7, 1978) are published (at the time Carlo Gentili and Alberto Merini were, respectively, Director and Assistant of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Bolo-gna, Italy). This meeting, which was organized by the Department of Psychiatry (directed by Professor Carlo Lorenzo Cazzullo) and the Second Chair of Psychiatry (held by Professor Gaetano Penati) of the University of Milan, and sponsored by the Province of Milan, was the first meeting on training of community mental health professionals, few days before the approval of the Italian Law no. 180/1978 on psychiatric reform. Among other things, the resistances of the university establishment against the practice of psychiatry outside the hospitals, and also the resistances of part of the deinstitutionalization movement against the teaching of psychotherapeutic techniques (rather than only an emphasis on social dynamics) are discussed.
Keywords: Community psychiatry; Psychiatric training; Deinstitutionalization movement in psychiatry; Dynamic psychiatry; History of psychiatry in Italy