Writing therapy. Writing experiences in psychiatry

Journal title GRUPPI
Author/s Maria Galati, Annalisa Pasqualini, Corinna Albolino
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2012/1 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 107-128 File size 145 KB
DOI 10.3280/GRU2012-001009
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In a former paper (Groups, 2011, XIII, 1) the authors had presented the personal experience of "writing about oneself" as developed at the LUA, or Libera Università dell’Autobiografia (Free University of Autobiography), broadly considering the possible role of selftherapy. In this paper, they describe the experience that each of them has drawn from having freely introduced the use of writing itself into daily clinical and therapeutic practice. What has resulted are accounts of therapeutic experiences where - in the cases followed individually - writing represented a possibility of continuity, extension and completion of the therapy underway, or it became a mediator in therapeutic groups with borderline patients. Writing then represented the nucleus of a training proposal for nurses at an SPDC (Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment Service): involvement through a personal path of autobiographic writing allowed to face the cases that unfold in psychiatric work at its various levels, avoiding passive learning in the classroom and increasing levels of participation and satisfaction.

Keywords: Self-writing, narration, memory, recovery, therapeutic groups, borderline pathology.

Maria Galati, Annalisa Pasqualini, Corinna Albolino, Scritturachecura. Esperienze di scrittura in psichiatria in "GRUPPI" 1/2012, pp 107-128, DOI: 10.3280/GRU2012-001009