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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 4/2017 
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Pier Francesco Galli, Stereotipi e tabù della psicoterapia - Nota introduttiva
Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, Tracce - "le stesse cose ritornano" - Premessa ("The like of it now happens")
Andrea Angelozzi, Dibattiti - La fine di un’illusione (End of an illusion)
Cesare Secchi, Casi clinici - Interventi sul caso Giulio
Cristiano Lastrucci, Casi clinici - Interventi sul caso Giulio
Andrea Castiello d’Antonio, Silvia Marchesini, Valeria Vaccari, Recensioni
A cura della Redazione, Libri ricevuti
A cura della Redazione, Indici dell’anno 2017, volume 51
David M. Clark, Il programma inglese - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) (The English Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program)
Franco Maiullari, Antigone, una scena psicoanalitica rimossa (Antigone, a repressed psychoanalytic scene)
Tullio Seppilli, Stereotipi e tabù della psicoterapia (Stereotypes and taboos of psychotherapy)
Ettore Perrella, Guadisti e avanguadisti. Alcune considerazioni su psicoanalisi e psicologia in Italia
Silvia Vegetti Finzi, Casi clinici - Interventi sul caso Giulio
Cosimo Perrone, Casi clinici - Interventi sul caso Giulio
Luigi Antonello Armando, Recensione-saggio
A cura della Redazione, Schede
Silvano Massa, Paolo Migone, Riviste - Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
Paolo Migone, Editoriale
Falk Leichsenring, Christiane Steinert, La terapia cognitivo-comportamentale è veramente la più efficace? (Is cognitive behavior therapy really the most effective form of psychotherapy?)
Robert R. Holt, Note sul "significato della vita" (Notes on "the meaning of life")

Issue 3/2017 
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Luigi Antonello Armando, Marianna Bolko, L’insoddisfazione di Freud per L’interpretazione dei sogni (Freud’s dissatisfaction with The Interpretation of Dreams)
Ines Testoni, Loriana De Cataldo, Un lutto speciale. Delegittimazioni culturali e rappresentazioni della morte nella perdita di un animale domestico (A special kind of grief. Cultural delegitimizations and representations of death in the case pet loss)
Carlo Gentili, Introduzione al Convegno
Paolo Francesco Peloso, Dibattiti. Alcuni chiarimenti a proposito di pericolosità e controllo in psichiatria (Some clarifications on dangerousness and control in psychiatry)
Adriana Grotta, Ruggiero Lamantea, Paola Morra, Casi clinici - Il caso Giulio
Guido Medri, Interventi sul caso Giulio
Antonella Mancini, Recensione-saggio
A cura della Redazione, Riviste - Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
Emanuele Gualandri, L’informatizzazione della società riguarda gli psicoterapeuti? (Does the informatization of society concern the psychotherapists?)
Cesare Romano, Freud lettore della Neue Freie Presse. Un "interessato" silenzio su due casi di infanticidio di fine secolo? (Freud reader of the Neue Freie Presse. A "motivated" silence on two cases of infanticide at the end of 19th century?)
Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, Tracce. Università e psichiatria: la sfida del territorio (Psychiatry and the university: The challenge of community psychiatry)
Alberto Merini, Didattica e territorio: considerazioni su quattro anni di esperienza
Francesco Campione, Lettera aperta a chi si occupa di morte e morire (Open letter to those who deal with death and dying)
Giampaolo Lai, Interventi sul caso Giulio
Marina Bilotta Membretti, Intervento sul caso Matilde
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni - Schede - Libri ricevuti
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2018 / Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori

Issue 2/2017 
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Horst Kächele, Lo studio del caso singolo dalla ricerca clinica alla ricerca sperimentale: un eterno dilemma?
David Meghnagi, La psicoanalisi di Enzo Bonaventura. Attualità di un pensiero, storia di una rimozione
Paolo Francesco Peloso, Dibattiti - Dalla sorveglianza al sostegno. Note su pericolosità e controllo in psichiatria
Euro Pozzi, Interventi
Marta Tettamanti, Interventi sul caso Matilde
Marigemma Rocco, Interventi sul caso Matilde
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni / Schede / Libri ricevuti
"Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane" Programma dell’anno 2017 / Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori
Francesco Galli, Editoriale - Questioni aperte
Lorenzo Burti, Attualità di Goffman: quanto contribuisce alla carriera morale di malato mentale la psichiatria di comunità italiana contemporanea?
Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, Tracce - L’incontro in psicoterapia, tavola rotonda con Gaetano Benedetti, Medard Boss ed Eugène Minkowski (1964)
Andrea Angelozzi, Interventi
Adriana Grotta,, Ruggiero Lamantea, Paola Morra, Giorgio Cavallari, Casi clinici - Il caso Matilde
Federica Melandri, Interventi sul caso Matilde
Marta Angellini, Interventi sul caso Matilde
A cura della Redazione, Riviste - Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere

Issue 1/2017 
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Nella Guidi, Il transfert negativo irreprensibile (Unobjectionable negative transference)
Guido Bertagna, Comprendersi nell’ascolto. Narrazione e narrazioni in un itinerario di giustizia riparativa (Understanding ourselves during the listening process. Narrative and narratives in a project of Restorative Justice)
Pier Francesco Galli, Alberto Merini, Bianca Ceresara Declich, Tracce. Sondrio 1967: da progetto a realtà / 1967: l’Ospedale Psichiatrico Provinciale di Sondrio è "teaching hospital" (From project to implementation. The Psychiatric Hospital of Son-drio (Italy) becomes a Teaching Hospital.)
Andrea Fagiolini, Interventi
Andrea Angelozzi, I Servizi di salute mentale all’epoca delle REMS
Monica Ceccarelli, Interventi sul caso Matilde
Davide Cavagna, Recensione-saggio
A cura della Redazione, Riviste. Segnalazioni di sommari di riviste italiane e straniere
Paolo Migone, Editoriale
Dagmar Herzog, Le "guerre fredde" freudiane: cristianizzazione e desessualizzazione della psicoanalisi negli Stati Uniti del dopoguerra (Freud’s "Cold Wars": Christianization and desexualization of psychoanalysis in the post-war United States)
Alfio Maggiolini, Ruoli affettivi, compiti e decisioni (Affective roles, tasks and decisions.)
Roberto Lewis-Fernández, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Virginia Trotter Betts, Lisa Greenman, Susan M. Essock, Javier I. Escobar, Deanna Barch, Michael F. Hogan, Patricia A. Areàn, Benjamin G. Druss, Ralph J. DiClemente, Thomas H. McGlashan, Dilip V. Jeste, Enola K. Proctor, Pedro Ruiz, A. John Rush, Glorisa J. Canino, Carl C. Bell, Renata Henry, Portia Iversen, Dibattiti. Ripensare le priorità nei finanziamenti della ricerca sulla salute mentale (Rethinking funding priorities in mental health research)
Giacomo Rizzolatti, Interventi di discussione
Adriana Grotta, Ruggiero Lamantea, Paola Morra, Marta Angellini, Casi clinici. Il caso Matilde
Luisella Canepa, Interventi sul caso Matilde
A cura della Redazione, Recensioni / Schede/ Libri ricevuti
A cura della Redazione, "Seminari Internazionali di Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane". Programma dell’anno 2017 / Informazioni per gli abbonati e i lettori

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