Crisis in a family member and in the therapeutic system: A systemic model of intervention

C. Bressi, P. Frongia, L. Maggi, B. Guidotti, T. Spada, G. Cerveri, E. Razzoli, V. Zirulia, G. Invernizzi

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The families coming to the Counselling and Family Therapy Unit are often sent at a time of crisis which, although it starts off in a crisis of symptoms of the designated patient, often involves the whole of the family system. Intervention, therefore, is not directed only at suppression of the symptom, but it promotes, where possible, a change in the family's view of and approach to coping with their problems, amongst which the patient's distress. The whole family is involved in a process of co-construction, to produce the solution to the problem. Out of this, a new view of the situation emerges, allowing the family members to give a different sense to their story and to the symptom and to regain resources that they thought they did not possess or that they had lost. In order to illustrate the model of intervention a clinical case will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-172
Number of pages4
JournalNew Trends in Experimental and Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Crisis
  • Family
  • Family therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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