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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 4/2016 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Editoriale: punto e a capo
Valeria P. Babini, "On revient toujours à ses premiers amours". Alfred Binet e il feticismo ("On revient toujours à ses premiers amours" [One always returns to his first love]. Alfred Binet and fetishism)
Tito Perlini, Il lato oscuro della psicoanalisi (The dark side of psychoanalysis)
Pier Francesco Galli, Berta Neumann, Virginio Porta, Franco Giberti, Nella Guidi, Casi Clinici (A clinical case presented by Berta Neumann in 1962)
A cura della Redazione, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2017
Elisabeth Roudinesco, Freud, storia e memoria (Freud, history, and memory)
Berthold Rothschild, "L’amante tradito". La psicoanalisi ha perso l’illuminismo o l’illuminismo ha perso la psicoanalisi? (The "betrayed lover": Did psychoanalysis lose the Enlightenment or did the Enlightenment lose psychoanalysis? (1992).)
Pier Francesco Galli, Tracce (The training of psychiatrists in Italy (1966).)
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni, Schede, Libri ricevuti
A cura della Redazione, Indici dell’anno 2016, volume l . Cinquantesimo anno

Issue 3/2016 Numero speciale del 50° anno
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Massimo Ammaniti, Le risposte
Simona Argentieri, Le risposte
Jessica R. Benjamin, Le risposte
Werner Bohleber, Le risposte
Philip M. Bromberg, Le risposte
Fred Busch, Le risposte
Giacomo B. Contri, Le risposte
Heinrich Deserno, Le risposte.
Jack Drescher, Le risposte. La psicoanalisi oggi
Antonino Ferro, Le risposte
Peter Fonagy, Le risposte
Sophie Freud, Le risposte
Glen O. Gabbard, Le risposte
Jay Greenberg, Le risposte
Ita Grosz-Ganzoni, Le risposte
Bob Hinshelwood, Le risposte
Otto F. Kernberg, Le risposte
Joseph D. Lichtenberg, Le risposte
Giovanni Liotti, Le risposte. La psicoanalisi contemporanea e il problema della motivazione
Nancy McWilliams, Le risposte
Silvio Merciai, Le risposte
Emilio Modena, Le risposte
Thomas H. Ogden, Le risposte. Pensieri sull’essenza della psicoanalisi
Christa Rohde-Dachser, Le risposte
René Roussillon, Le risposte. Riflessioni sulla psicoanalisi contemporanea
Dominique Scarfone, Le risposte
Jonathan Shedler, Le risposte
Michael H. Stone, Le risposte
Mary Target, Le risposte
Paul L. Wachtel, Le risposte. Psicoanalisi e psicoterapia: teorie, pratiche e contesti multipli
David L. Wolitzky, Le risposte
A cura della Redazione, Cosa resta della psicoanalisi. Domande e risposte
Jacques Andrè, Le risposte
Marco Bacciagaluppi, Le risposte
Sergio Benvenuto, Le risposte
Christopher Bollas, Le risposte
Wilma Bucci, Le risposte
Luigi Cancrini, Le risposte. L'eredità di Freud: figli legittimi e illegittimi
Mauricio Cortina, Le risposte. Quo Vadis? Il futuro della psicoanalisi
Antonio Di Ciaccia, Le risposte
Morris N. Eagle, Le risposte
Anna Ferruta, Le risposte
Allen Frances, Le risposte. Dove va la psicoanalisi?
Lawrence Friedman, Le risposte
Roland Gori, Le risposte
Pedro Grosz, Le risposte
André Haynal, Le risposte
Horst Kachele, Le risposte
Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber, Le risposte
Vittorio Lingiardi, Le risposte. Muoversi tra le psicoanalisi
George Makari, Le risposte
David Meghnagi, Le risposte
Robert Michels, Le risposte
Francesco Napolitano, Le risposte
Massimo Recalcati, Le risposte
Berthold Rothschild, Le risposte
Jeremy D. Safran, Le risposte
David Shapiro, Le risposte
George Silberschatz, Le risposte
Frank J. Sulloway, Le risposte. Il crollo della teoria freudiana del sogno
Thomas von Salis, Le risposte
Jerome C. Wakefield, Le risposte. Un bilancio: commenti sullo stato attuale della psicoanalisi
A cura della Redazione, Convegno per il Cinquantesimo Anniversario di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane (1967-2016)
Luigi Zoja, Le risposte
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2017

Issue 2/2016 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Tracce - Influenza dei fattori sociali nella patologia nevrotica (1967)
Cristiano Lastrucci, Casi Clinici/Interventi sul caso Giulia
Isabella G. Franzoi, Fanny Guglielmucci, Francesca V. Borgogno, Antonella Granieri, Casi Clinici/Interventi sul caso Giulia
A cura della Redazione, Riviste
Paul L. Wachtel, "Psicodinamica ciclica": il mondo esterno, il mondo interno e il loro rapporto attraverso l’azione ("Cyclical psychodynamics": The inner and outer worlds and their link through action.)
Ines Testoni, Psicologia del lutto e del morire: dal lavoro clinico alla death education (The psychology of death and mourning: From clinical work to death education)
Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, Tracce - Un progetto e un percorso
Sergio Erba, In ricordo di Sergio Erba
Raffaele Calabria, Gaetano Calandra, Casi Clinici/Interventi sul caso Giulia
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
Pier Francesco Galli, Marianna Bolko, Paolo Migone, Editoriale
Alessio Gamba, Alberto Stefana, "Sono innamor(a)to della terra". Note su gioco, disegno, sogno e terapie diversionali nella cura di bambini con gravi patologie fisiche ("Sono innamor(a)to della terra"». Notes on play, drawings, dream and diversional therapies in the treatment of children with severe medical conditions)
Stefano Fissi, Recenti teorie della coscienza e modelli psicoanalitici (Recent theories of consciousness and psychoanalytic models)
Pier Francesco Galli, Tracce - Il medico come persona nella situazione terapeutica (1962)

Issue 1/2016 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Marianna Bolko, Paolo Migone, Editoriale . Cinquanta anni di psicoterapia e scienze umane
Nathan Thoma, Brian Pilecki, Dean McKay, La terapia cognitivo-comportamentale contemporanea: teoria, storia ed evidenze empiriche (Contemporary cognitive-behavior therapy: A review of theory, history, and evidence)
Francesca Tondi, Una indagine sulle riviste di psicoterapia in Italia (A survey of psychotherapy journals in Italy)
A cura della Redazione, Tracce (Psychoanalysis and psychoanalysts)
Giancarlo Pizza, Dibattiti. L’apertura delle REMS psichiatriche: premesse e conseguenze (The opening of "Residences for the Execution of Safety Measures" (REMS) in the Italian psychiatric services: Premises and consequences.)
Massimo Biondi, Paolo Boccara, Giulio Corrivetti, Massimo di Giannantonio, Stefano Ferracuti, Giuseppe Nicolò, Rinaldo Perini, Enrico Pompili, Marco Vaggi, Franco Veltro, Chiusura OPG. Benissimo, ma gli psicopatici non possono stare nelle nuove REMS. (The closing of Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals in Italy is a good thing, but antisocial patients cannot be admitted to the "Residences for the Execution of Safety Measures" (REMS).)
Carmelo Conforto, Casi Clinici
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni
Pietro Pellegrini, Per i cinquanta anni di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane
Giorgio Meneguz, Vicissitudini e trasformazioni della psicoanalisi: dall’American Dream alla nascita del neoliberismo (Vicissitudes and transformations of psychoanalysis: From the American Dream to the birth of neoliberalism)
Antonella Mancini, Più fuori che dentro. Note in margine al film Inside Out (More outside than inside. A note on the movie Inside Out)
A cura della Redazione, Dibattiti. Premessa. Sulla chiusura degli Ospedali Psichiatrici Giudiziari (OPG) e l’apertura delle Residenze per l’Esecuzione delle Misure di Sicurezza (REMS)
Esecutivo della Società Italiana di Psichiatria (SIP) Comitato, Dibattiti. Il dialogo necessario tra la Sanità che Cura e la Giustizia che Custodisce. Valutazioni e proposte della SIP (A necessary dialogue between the concepts of "care" of the health system and of "custody" of the judicial system. Considerations and suggestions from the Italian Psychiatric Association (SIP).)
Giovanni De Girolamo, La chiusura degli OPG: un’altra occasione perduta? (The closing of Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals in Italy: Another missed opportunity?)
A cura della Redazione, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2016 / Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori

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