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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 4/2015 
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Maria Bologna, Casi clinici. Interventi sul caso L. / Il caso Giulia
Isabella G. Franzoi, Fanny Guglielmucci, Francesca V. Borgogno, Antonella Granieri, Casi clinici. Interventi sul caso L. / Il caso Giulia
A cura della Redazione, Riviste
Riccardo Gramantieri, Leonardo, Schreber e il "caso" Freud: un’ipotesi di identificazione (Leonardo, Schreber, and the Freud "case": A hypothesis of identification)
Rolf Sandell, Change After Psychotherapy (CHAP): un metodo di valutazione del cambiamento alla fine della psicoterapia (Change After Psychotherapy (CHAP): A method for measuring change after the termination of psychotherapy)
Pietro Pellegrini, Dibattiti (Safety measures in psychiatry?)
Fanny Guglielmucci, Antonella Granieri, Casi clinici. Interventi sul caso L. / Il caso Giulia
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, Indici
Morris N. Eagle, Il controtransfert rivisitato (Countertransference revisited)
Paolo Migone, Problemi della ricerca farmacologica: il caso dello "Studio 329" (Problems of drug research: The case of "Study 329".)
Luigi Antonello Armando, Tracce (An almost forgotten episode of the history of psychoanalysis in Italy (1969-1976).)
Guido Giovanardi, Casi clinici. Interventi sul caso L. / Il caso Giulia

Issue 3/2015 
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Franco Maiullari, Foucault e l’Edipo Re: genealogia di un malinteso (Foucault and Oedipus the King: Genealogy of a misunderstanding)
Pier Francesco Galli, Tracce. Formazione e deformazioni
A cura della Redazione, Storia di un "congresso fallito"
Ciro Tarantino, Dibattiti. Sulla chiusura degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari (OPG) / La strategia della lumaca. Appunti sulla dismissione degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari (The snail’s strategy. Notes on the closing of Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals in Italy)
Pietro Pellegrini, Riflessioni sul superamento degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari (Reflections on the closing of Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals in Italy)
Andrea Marzi, Maria Iole Colombini, Nella Guidi, Casi Clinici
A cura della Redazione, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
Seymour Moscovitz, Il saggio di Hans Loewald "l’azione terapeutica della psicoanalisi": ricezione iniziale e influenze successive (Hans Loewald’s "On the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis": Initial reception and later influence.)
Fulvio Frati, Il problema della "rimozione dell’oggetto buono" nel modello teorico-clinico di W.R.D. fairbairn (The problem of "repression of the good object" in W.R.D. Fairbairn’s theoretical model)
Pier Francesco Galli, Da Basilea a Milano e a Zurigo: sulla formazione in psicoanalisi, (una lettera al direttore dell’International Journal of Psychoanalysis)
Marianna Bolko, Berthold Rothschild, Una "pulce nell’orecchio". Cronaca del controcongresso dell’International Psychoanalytic Association di Roma del 1969
Andrea Angelozzi, Sorvegliare e curare. Riflessioni sul percorso di chiusura degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari (Discipline and treat. Reflections on the closing of Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals in Italy)
Euro Pozzi, Posizione di garanzia: premessa necessaria per la chiusura degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari (The psychiatrist’s legal responsibility as a necessary condition for the closing of Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals in Italy)
Antonella Mancini, Andrea Castiello d'Antonio, Mauro Fornaro, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2016

Issue 2/2015 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, Tracce. Nel ricordo di Franco Fornari, 1921-1985. L’influenza di Martin Buber sul pensiero psichiatrico moderno (1962) (Remembering Franco Fornari, 1921-1985: A round table of 1962 on Martin Buber’s influence on modern psychiatric thought.)
Antonella Mancini, Andrea Castiello d'Antonio, Mauro Fornaro, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane. Programma dell’anno 2015
Lawrence Friedman, Il dolce nell’amaro: riflessioni sull’alleanza terapeutica (Honey in the Wormwood: Interruption of Effort in Analytic Treatment)
Marco Solinas, Forme della psicoanalisi e teoria del riconoscimento. La psiche intersoggettiva di Axel Honneth (Patterns of psychoanalysis and theory of recognition. Axel Honneth’s intersubjective psyche.)
Nella Guidi, Adriana Grotta, Ruggiero Lamantea, Paola Morra, Casi clinici
A cura della Redazione, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
Paolo Migone, Editoriale
Christopher Christian, Punti di convergenza tra teoria del conflitto e intersoggettività nella psicoanalisi contemporanea (Convergences between modern conflict theory and intersubjectivity in contemporary psychoanalysis)
Daniela Mario, I processi di rispecchiamento nelle relazioni educative e terapeutiche (Mirroring processes in human development, education and psychotherapy)

Issue 1/2015 
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Bernd Bocian, Karl landauer (1887-1945): uno psicoanalista di Francoforte quasi dimenticato dalla psicoanalisi e dalla terapia della Gestalt (Karl Landauer (1887-1945): A Frankfurt psychoanalyst almost forgotten by psychoanalysis and Gestalt therapy)
Adriano Zamperini, Marta Bettini, Psicologia e genocidio. Nascita di una professione in rwanda (Psychology and genocide. The development of a profession in Rwanda)
Pier Francesco Galli, Tullio Seppilli, Ferruccio Giacanelli, Carla Nocentini, Francesco Scotti, Tracce (Re-construction. The fate of mental health, today)
Adriano Schimmenti, Paola Morra, Interventi sul caso L.
A cura della Redazione, Riviste
Avgi Saketopoulou, Il lutto del corpo come "roccia basilare" nel trattamento psicoanalitico di transessuali (Mourning the body as bedrock: Developmental considerations in treating transsexual patients analytically)
Riccardo Gramantieri, Da Ferenczi a Reich: analogie tra fisica e psicoanalisi
Antonella Mancini, Come trasformare la malasorte in una caricatura di se stessa. (Note a margine del film di Mario Martone il Giovane Favoloso) (How to transform someone’s misfortune into a caricature. Notes on Mario Martone’s movie Leopardi (2014).)
Fanny Guglielmucci, Antonella Granieri, Casi clinici. Il caso L.
Antonella Mancini, Andrea Castiello d'Antonio, Mauro Fornaro, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane". Programma dell’anno 2015

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