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Psychotherapy and the Human Sciences
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Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane [Psychotherapy, Humanities, and Social Sciences] is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal. Founded in 1967, it is currently co-edited by Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., Marianna Bolko, M.D., and Paolo Migone, M.D. It is by far and away the most widely circulated journal in the field in Italy, and also one of the oldest. It is indexed by various international databases such as PsycINFO (Psychological Abstracts), Psychoanalytic Abstracts, EMBASE (Ex¬cerpta Medica), EMCare, Scopus, Sociological Abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences), PASCAL (INIST), etc. The project Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane was one of the original aims and methods of the "Milan Group for the Advancement of Psychotherapy", which, has been led by Pier Francesco Galli, M.D. since 1960. In 1970 the Group was renamed Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (like the journal, which was founded by Pier Francesco Galli in 1967) after the Third World Congress of Psychotherapy which was organized by the Group of the same name. The precise aim, which is still valid today, was to meet the needs of professionals involved in psychotherapy and related fields along three fundamental lines. First of all, the journal wanted to fill the gap between the Italian and international mental health communities - the Italian situation at the time was characterized by widespread cultural delay (university courses and degrees in psychology didn't exist, psychiatry was still under the influence of neurology, etc.). Secondly - and this is an important aspect - there was a need to provide a historical and critical filter for all the foreign professional culture that was being imported, in order to avoid the flat and automatic absorption of foreign cultural models. Thirdly, the journal was designed to examine mental health professionals' training processes in light of the link between clinical practice and theoretical construction. This was summarized in the editorial of the first issue (no. 1, 1967): «Insecurity, the daily feeling of the psychotherapist at work, is responsibly taken as an interplay between conflicting poles within the human sciences». In light of this, a real and not "academic" interdisciplinary approach is still the goal of a professional work with a strong social impact, in opposition to the widespread "parallel tolerance" and ecumenical opportunism that characterises our field. The Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane project also included several book series founded by Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., such as the "Library of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology" (founded in 1959, total 87 titles), published by the Milanese publisher Feltrinelli, and "Program Psychology, Psychiatry, and Psychotherapy" (founded in 1964, more than 250 titles), published by Boringhieri of Turin. Included in these series were translations of the most important international classics in psychology, psychiatry and psychotherapy, many of which formed the backbone of the professional culture of generations of Italian mental health professionals. In line with these premises, the journal Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane publishes psychoanalytic articles alongside papers from other disciplines, such as psychology, psychiatry, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, education science, and history. Exponents of these disciplines have been represented on the journal's editorial board since its foundation. In the 1980s, the publication of a series of columns emphasised the journal's role as a ''service-provider'' to the Italian mental health community. These columns have included: "Classics of psychoanalytic research" (30 classic papers written between 1927 and 1965 and published between 1989 and 1999); "Clinical cases" (a separate column since 1987 under which many complete clinical cases have been published and discussed by authors from different psychotherapy schools); "Book reviews" (a separate column since 1984); "Traces. Mummia ridens" (since 2004; a reconstruction of the history of Italian psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from the theoretical and sociological perspective); "Journals" (since 1984, with contents and reviews of selected articles from the field's main national and international journals; since 2006, there has also been an annual lengthy comment on each journal under review).

Direzione/Editors: Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., Marianna Bolko, M.D., Paolo Migone, M.D.
Comitato di consulenza/Consulting Editorial Board: Valeria P. Babini, Ph.D. (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, Università di Bologna), Alberto Burgio, Ph.D. (Dipartimento di Filosofia e Comunicazione, Università di Bologna), Morris N. Eagle, Ph.D. (Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York; New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles), Lawrence Friedman, M.D. (New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York), Pedro Grosz, Ph.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Robert R. Holt, Ph.D. (New York University, New York), Emilio Modena, M.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Johannes Reichmayr, Ph.D. (Sigmund Freud University, Vienna), Berthold Rothschild, M.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Thomas von Salis, M.D. (Zürich Psychoanalytic Seminar, Zürich), Frank Sulloway, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley), Paul L. Wachtel, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, City College of New York, New York), Jerome C. Wakefield, Ph.D., D.S.W. (Silver School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, New York University, New York), Drew Westen, Ph.D. (Department of Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta), Peter H. Wolff, M.D. (Children’s Hospital, Boston)
Hanno fatto parte del comitato editoriale/Past Editorial Board Members: Alessandro Ancona (Bologna), Tullio Aymone (Modena), Gaetano Benedetti (Basel), Arno von Blarer (Zürich), Enzo Codignola (Genoa), Johannes Cremerius (Freiburg im Breisgau), Merton M. Gill (Chicago), John E. Gedo (Chicago), Emanuele Gualandri (Milan), Klaus Horn (Frankfurt am Main), Eustachio Loperfido (Bologna), Giambattista Muraro (Milan), Berta Neumann (Milan), Paul Parin (Zürich), Tito Perlini (Trieste), Michele Ranchetti (Florence), Paul Roazen (Boston), Tullio Seppilli (Perugia), Howard Shevrin (Ann Arbor), Helmuth Thomä (Ulm), Judith Valk (Zürich), Joseph Weiss (San Francisco)
Cura delle rubriche/Section Editors: Pier Francesco Galli, M.D., Alberto Merini, M.D. (Tracce / Traces) Adriana Grotta, Ph.D., Ruggero Lamantea, Ph.D., Paola Morra, Ph.D. (Casi clinici / Clinical Cases) Antonella Mancini, Ph.D. (Recensioni / Book Reviews) Luigi Antonello Armando, Ph.D., Jutta Beltz, M.D., Luisella Canepa, M.D., Andrea Castiello d’Antonio, Ph.D., Silvano Massa, M.D., Paolo Migone, M.D., Pietro Pascarelli, M.D. (Riviste / Journals)
Coordinatore della redazione/Contacts: Paolo Migone, M.D., Via Palestro 14, 43123 Parma PR, Italy, tel. +(39) 0521-960595, e-mail
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Issue 4/2011 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Editoriale
Thomas von Salis, Fattori istituzionali nella formazione (Institutional factors in psychoanalytic education)
Marianna Bolko, Eppur si muove? Forse, chissà (The crisis of psychoanalytic training: any change? perhaps, but it’s not sure)
Paolo Migone, Vari modi di formare (Various ways of training mental health professionals)
Michele S. Piccolo, Il fraseggio del corpo in psicoterapia. Alcune riflessioni a partire dalla teoria delle emozioni di William James (The phrasing of the body in psychotherapy. remarks from William James’ theory of emotions)
Alberto Cardinali, Una psichiatria "inutile" ("Useless" psychiatry)
Indici dell'anno 2011, colume XLV. Referees e correttori di bozze per l'anno 2011. Programma 2012 dei "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane". Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori
Otto F. Kernberg, La formazione in psicoanalisi e psicoterapia dinamica oggi: conflitti e sfide (Psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapy training today: conflicts and challenges)
Emilio Modena, Kernberg a Zurigo: un incontro significativo (Otto F. Kernberg in Zurich: A significant meeting)
Alberto Merini, Formare all’università (Psychodynamic therapy training in the university)
Otto F. Kernberg, Replica agli interventi (Reply to the interventions by Thomas Von Salis, Emilio Modena, Marianna Bolko, Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, And Paolo Migone)
Pier Francesco Galli, Tracce
Casi clinici

Issue 3/2011 

Lawrence Friedman, Cosa è la psicoanalisi? (What is psychoanalysis?)
Alberto Stefana, Introduzione al pensiero di Marion Milner (Introduction to Marion Milner’s thought)
Irma Gleiss, Il contenuto conservatore dell’antipsichiatria (1975) (The conservative nature of antipsychiatry)
Antonella Mancini, Recensioni
Ferdinando Amigoni, "Un mucchio di reliquie". Perec e Pontalis: dall'assenza di memoria alla memoria dell'assenza ("A bunch of relics". Perec and Pontalis: from the absence of memory to the memory of absence)
Giorgio Meneguz, Intervento sull’articolo di Alberto Stefana "Introduzione al pensiero di Marion Milner" (Discussion of Alberto Stefana’s paper "Introduction to Marion Milner’s thought")
Maria Cellesi, Interventi sul caso Matteo
Incontro con Allen Frances: "Psichiatria tra diagnosi e diagnosticismo. Il dibattito critico sulla preparazione del DSM-5". Programma 2012 dei "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane". Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori

Issue 2/2011 

Editoriale (Editorial)
Luigi Antonello Armando, La giunta. Un gioco di specchi e di immagini nel lavoro di uno psicoanalista (The joining. A play of mirrors and images in the work of a psychoanalyst)
Riccardo Dalle Luche, La "adozione" dei borderline. Note su un film (The "adoption" of borderline patients. Notes on a movie)
Robert L. Spitzer, Allen Frances, Guerre psicologiche: critiche alla preparazione del DSM-5. Intervista. Si apre il vaso di Pandora: le 19 peggiori proposte del DSM-5 (Psychological warfare: Robert L. Spitzer and Allen Frances criticize the Dsm-5 process)
Paul L. Wachtel, Al di là degli "EST". Problemi di una pratica psicoterapeutica basata sulle evidenze (Beyond "ESTs". Problematic assumptions in the pursuit of evidence- based practice)
Franco Maiullari, Un altro Edipo. Lettura anamorfica della tragedia di Sofocle e critica dell'interpretazione freudiana (A different Oedipus. Anamorphic meaning of Sophocles’ tragedy and a critique to Freud’s interpretation)
Berthold Rothschild, Critica della psichiatria e della psicoterapia nei paesi occidentali (1973) (A critique to psychiatry and psychotherapy in Western countries)
Claudia Cuminetti, Marco Gabbi, Natalia Magnoni Oliva, Casi clinici
Jutta Beltz, Luisella Canepa, Andrea Castiello d'Antonio, Silvano Massa, Paolo Migone, Pietro Pascarelli, Mariangela Pierantozzi, Giancarlo Rigon, Riviste

Issue 1/2011 

Mauro Fornaro, L’intuizione nella clinica psicoterapeutica. Disamina della sua validità sotto il profilo epistemologico (Intuition in psychotherapy: an investigation on its validity from an epistemological point of view)
Pier Francesco Galli, Psicoterapia, psicoanalisi e psichiatria nei primi anni 1960. Appunti per una storia (Historical notes on psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and psychiatry in italy in the early 1960s)
Carola Del Favero, Il caso Matteo (The Matteo clinical case)
Recensioni (Book reviews)
Errata corrige per il n. 4/2010 (Errata corrige for issue no. 4/2010)
Programma 2011 dei "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" (2011 Program of the "International Seminars of Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane)
Morris N. Eagle, La natura sociale della mente (The social nature of mind)
Paolo Romano, Appunti per una introduzione a Jung e al suo contributo alla terapia psicodinamica (Notes for an introduction to jung and his contribution to psychodynamic therapy)
Alberto Merini, Il promemoria dell’inconscio. Videotape e psicoterapia (A reminder for the unconscious. Videotape and psychotherapy)
Fabiano Bassi, Interventi sul caso Matteo (Comments on Matteo clinical case)
Riviste (Journals)
Incontro con Otto F. Kernberg nel 45° Anniversario della rivista Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (1967-2011) (Psychotherapy training, today: A meeting with Otto F. Kernberg on the 45th Anniversary of Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (1967-2011))

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