Favorire la partecipazione nell’ambito della salute mentale: il modello delle Family Group Conference
| POLITICHE SOCIALI E SERVIZI - 2012 - 1
The involvement of patients and families in the definition of care plan is not only a right, but
also an essential element to ensure health protection.
For mental health practitioners it could be really difficult to work consistently with the
theoretical framework of participation.
The Family Group Conference model, originated in New Zealand in the end of ’80s and
internationally widespread, can be an effective way of working to involve the patient, his/her
family and the other significant relationship. During a sequence of meetings, families, in collaboration
with professionals, work to define a common health care plan. This is the result of a
dialogical exchange between technical and experiential knowledge.
The paper, after presenting the model in its general features, offers an analysis of the
same within the specific context of mental health.