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This book gathers and exposes a total of twenty clinical cases of professional practice of the authors. Some of these cases focus on the process of evaluation and diagnosis, while others do so in the indication and the development of treatment. In all of them, the emphasis is placed on the individual style of each patient, attending to the patterns of communication, relationship and attachment, so important when building the relational framework with its environment and essential to understand in depth its difficulties or disorders.
Among the professionals who provide clinical information and who sign the different cases, we find psychologists and psychiatrists, adult, children and adolescents psychotherapists or couples and families. All of them have tackled the task of developing this book through true interdisciplinary teamwork. The clinical material is presented in a very open way, proposing reflections and questions rather than answers, with the intention that readers, especially professionals and students of mental health, can resume the cases, discuss them and deploy a new learning process.
Víctor Cabré Segarra is PhD in Psychology and works at the Fundació Vidal i Barraquer in Barcelona as a specialist in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He is a professor of the Faculty of Psychology Blanquerna (URL) and co-director of the Master's Degree in General Sanitary Psychology of this same university. Since 2010 he has been evaluator of the Joint Commission of the Consell Català de Formació Continuada de les Professions Sanitàries (CCFCPS) of the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan council of continuing formation in sanitarian professions).
The interview is one of the basic tools in the field of social sciences. Sociologists, social workers and psychologists make constant use of it, either as a means of research or intervention. But we often forget the psychodynamic aspects of the interview, which refer to the affective exchanges between the interviewee and the interviewer. This subject has been treated very much within the framework of psychologist, but has received little attention in the other areas of psychosocial intervention. Little is said about the emotional experiences that emerge in this type of personal interrelation, negligence that can make difficult the achievement of the objectives of information collection, delimitation of problems and further intervention.
This second edition of The interview in social work, completely revised and updated, offers a conceptual framework on this subject mainly from the perspective of relational psychology, as well as the application of concepts to real interviews collected in different services and social work departments. This book offers the wide assistance and teaching experience of the authors in this matter, for the benefit of students and professionals who exercise their functions in the broad context of social work.
Teresa Rossell Poch is Diploma in Social Work and Licensed in Psychological Degree from the University of Barcelona. She was director of the University School of Social Work of the Generalitat de Catalunya and president of the European Association of Schools of Social Work. He has taught in Social Work in several Spanish and European universities. In 2010, he obtained the Gold Medal of the Official College of Social Work of Catalonia.
Pepita Rodríguez Molinet is Diploma in Social Work from the University of Barcelona and has a Master’s Degree in Primary Care from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She has extensive experience in social health work and was responsible for the Barcelona Social Work Area of the Catalan Health Institute.
Healthier environments to prevent attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.
Be quiet and pay attention is the order that, directly or indirectly, adults usually give to children. The child’s necessity for spontaneous movement, so important for its development, is an obstacle for the tranquility of adults. Today, thanks to modern technology and lifestyle, we have the most sedentary and “attentive” creatures in history. On the other hand, they do not have adequate time or space to release the mental excitation and connect with their natural self-regulation capacity.
In this context, hyperactivity and attention deficit (diagnosed or simply “proclaimed”) have become two of the most frequent childhood problems.
From a preventive approach and a multidisciplinary perspective, Heike Freire analyzes in depth the social and environmental factors that underlie the proliferation of these disorders. It also offers a series of concrete guidelines that will help parents, educators and managers design spaces and develop strategies to meet the authentic needs of children and young people in family, urban and school settings. It is, in short, a decided commitment to health, well-being and children’s learning, from what the author calls green pedagogy, an approach based on understanding, respect and trust in life.
Heike Freire is licensed in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Paris X. She is an expert in child development and educational innovation, and she is also a journalist and writer. Freire has been an advisor to the French government at the Permanent Education Institute in Paris. She is the author of the book Educar en verde (Teaching in green, translated into five languages) and regularly collaborates in magazines and newspapers of recognized prestige. She teaches conferences, seminars and workshops around the world, and advises families, schools and institutions. Activist for the rights of children, collaborates with various organizations, such as IDEN, GSIA Ecologistas en Acción or Fundación Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente. At the moment, she directs the magazine Cuadernos de Pedagogía.
Company’s Ethics is a book that introduces the reader to the ethics applied to the business world in today’s society. The author argues that ethics, business and life are intermingled in the daily business of a company’s worker. Ethics in general has to do with people, but a company can also freely decide how to put it into practice through certain values expressed in their culture. A company is society and the ethics it reverberates in society. The reader will find in this essay both questions for reflection and ideas for action.
In a clear, enjoyable and documented way, the author addresses a number of issues: after a brief introduction to ethics and business ethics, he addresses the issue of values, corruption, business codes, ethical references, reputation and image of the companies and draws some notes about them in the society of the future.
Carlos María Moreno is PhD in Philosophy and Diploma in Theology. Since 1991, he has been a full professor of the Faculty of Psychology, Sciences of Education and Sports of Blanquerna (Universitat Ramon Llull). He taught at the University of Örebro and in Coimbra, and was a researcher at the Royal Complutense College of Harvard. He is currently principal investigator of the Group “Organitzation, Person and Change” and the Ethos Chair of the Ramon Llull University. He is also a collaborator of IECO (Institute of Ethics and Communication of Valencia) and member of EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) and its Spanish extension, EBEN-Spain.
A short while ago, couples were set up with a pre-established script, which was to be followed to determinate concepts, regulations and even social rituals. In this way, whoever who was to be married knew perfectly which steps were to be taken and where they would bring them, just as the same way that a restaurant’s menu establishes and limits the class and sequence of the dishes that are served, without any kind of choice.
However, in the current situation of social and personal instability —changes in moral criteria, laxity in commitments and focusing on selfish and hedonistic short-term goals— have introduced new variables and personal preferences in the making of conjugal bonds. Thus, couples doesn’t adjust anymore to the established religious or social “menu” in order to make a “classical partnership”. Nowadays, they choose “à la carte” both the ingredients and the components of the relationship, according to the conceptual modality and life experience of the couple role they want to make.
This book is addressed to those who are perplexed about the meaning of life with a partnership. It aspires to serve as a guide for them in order to make them able to achieve more knowledge of the cause, according to their own choices. It wants to convince that life in pairs is only the result of the choices that make the people within it.
Manuel Villegas Besora (Barcelona, 1941) is a doctor in psychology and has been a professor at the University of Barcelona (UB) from 1974 to 2013. Founding partner and president of the Spanish Association of Cognitive Psychotherapies (ASEPCO) for more than a decade and director of the Journal of Psychotherapy, from its beginnings in 1990 to 2014. He also has long experience as an individual, group and couple therapist. Among his publications, include The error of Prometheus, Prometheus on the couch and The process of becoming an autonomous person (Herder Editorial).
Pilar Mallor Plou (Barcelona, 1968) is a psychologist and psychotherapist with a long professional experience in individual, group and couple therapy. She participates as a teacher in several postgraduate courses at the University of Barcelona, such as the Master’s Degree in Cognitive Social Therapy and the Master’s Degree in Sexual and Couple Therapy. She is the director of the Ithaca Center for Psychotherapy and author of publications on eating disorders, emotional dependence and couple therapy.
Transhumanism is one of the philosophical and cultural movements that have attracted more attention in recent years. It advocates the free use of technology for the improvement of human beings, both in their physical, mental, emotional and moral capacities, transcending all their current limits. The technologies used are genetic engineering and development of intelligent machines. According to the proponents of transhumanism, with the help of these technologies we could end the suffering, with the biological limitations that produce it, and we could even beat ageing and death.
Although many transhumanists do not see it desirable to bring these improvements to a point where the improved individual no longer belongs to the human species, others, designated as posthumanists, consider that this is precisely the ultimate goal: the creation of one or more new species of ours.
This book presents the different modalities of techno-scientific transhumanism. Their arguments are discussed, seeking to elucidate their strengths and weaknesses. The promises made by proponents of transhumanism are very ambitious, and not all are justified. But on the other hand, the criticism that modifying human nature endangers the bases of moral life, dignity and human rights, contains arguable philosophical assumptions and their consequences are excessively radical. There are other approaches that allow for a more balanced evaluation, on which a greater social agreement could be built in the future.
Antonio Diéguez, PhD. is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of Malaga. Until September 2015, he presided over the Ibero-American Association of Philosophy of Biology (AIFIBI). He has been visiting Professor at the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and visiting researcher at the universities of Helsinki, Harvard and Oxford. He has researched in the areas of Philosophy of Technology and Biology and, in recent years, has been interested in the subject of transhumanism. His position on this issue is critical, but he recognizes the positive effects of biotechnology and even its potential use for human improvement. He has published several books and articles on these subjects.
The present book is written in both a pastoral spirit and purpose. Priest Rovira explains that he observes a current tendency in our society in which the Christian message is received as an interesting narrative that is related to truth but is no longer perceived as the truth.
At least it doesn’t function any longer as a truth that executes such a strength, that it’s able to influence and take over our whole comprehension, our capacity to get to know and to love, that is able to truly engage the human being.
This book wants to modestly bring back parts of the probability of this original narrative.
The author invites us to follow his arguments following him through passages of the bible. The further we read, the more we discover the huge capacities of the Christian narrative to engage us, and to convince us of his absolute generosity.
As we read, we re-discover what faith really means: to believe in the existence of God and to understand that he constantly communicates with us. That he knocks at the door of our hearts waiting for us to open up and let him in.
The Christian life turns out to be a secret encounter with God. This is the last Supper: a hidden feast with the most intimate aspects of God,
A supper with Christ, in which he sits at the head of the table, being our servant. And his constant love is the meal of this banquet.
Josep Maria Rovira Belloso (Barcelona, 1926) is graduated in Law at the University of Barcelona (1948) and post graduated with a PhD in Theology at the Pontifical Gregoriana University of Roma (1960).
After being ordained in 1953, the priest dedicated his whole life to the parochial actions.
He was a senior professor at the Department of Theology of Catalonia (1964-1996), and member of various distinctive clerical boards.
As an appreciation of his theological and cultural path the Catalan government honored him with the cross of Saint George in 1999.
He is one of the principal representatives of modern Catalan theology and he published around one hundred articles and twenty books.
Alberto Iniesta (Albacete, 1923-2016) was an auxiliary bishop in Madrid, incardinated at the Vicariat IV of Vallecas. He played a significant and very active role during the last period of the Franco dictatorship and the transition to democracy in the 70s. He defended the basic rights of the workers, stood up for a separation between state and church and always worked for the unity of Spanish people. He experienced strong hostility against him and even had to leave the country during a period of time in order to assure his safety.
In his district, everybody just called him Alberto – without titles and privileges, he was a very humble and plain person, who lived in extreme austerity, always close to the people. He was very involved into social and human rights, so he was always caring about the poor and the needed. He embodied many of the references of our actual pope Francisco, such as the joy of the gospel, the defense of those who are living on the peripheries of our society and the appeal to build up a church, which stands open and close to all mankind and to the message of Jesus.
The present book is divided in three parts: the first part resumes his roles as a pastoral bishop, pastoral theologian and committed citizen. The second gathers oral testimonies of those who were directly involved with Alberto Iniesta, sharing their touching and powerful encounters. Finally, the third part recovers the voice of Iniesta himself quoting his prose texts and his poetry.
This book doesn’t aim to pay a nostalgic homage to an idealized authority, but to re-empower his message and his testimony, strongly believing that the adventure of the gospel is still open to everybody and that the charming figure of Alberto can function as a guiding light to those who follow the same mission.
Emilia Robles studied pastoral theology and psychology. She is an expert in religious phenomena, Gestalt Therapy, systematic interventions, mediation and social communication. During the period of transition (70s and 80s), while studying at the University, she worked in a metal factory, being a compromised trade unionist and a social worker in the streets of Vallecas, where she was closely collaborating with Alberto Iniesta.
She was a religion teacher from 1991 to 1995 and she worked as a mediator and a consultant in pedagogic institutions from 1999 to 2007.
Since 2002 she has coordinated the PROCONCIL movement (an organization that stands up for a new parish council through a conciliar process). She has published and translated many books with Herder Editorial.
Winicott was a famous British paediatrician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who, altogether with Ferenczi, contributed significantly to the progress of psychoanalytic psychology after Freud.
He created concepts such as transitional experiences, the fake self in relation to the real self, the psychosomatic unity and, especially, the interaction of a child with its custodial person.
In Sáinz view, Winicott has to be considered a pioneer of what in our days is known as «the relational perspective in psychoanalysis»
The author explains in this book not only his own development of Winnicott insights, but also applies them to the practical field of psychotherapy.
He describes the importance of psychoanalytic psychology (in its relational meaning) when it comes to bring back normal life to a patient who is not in possession of himself, or when it comes to repair primary narcissistic disorders, or to live with strong emotions and use them productively, and how to recover through this the self-appreciation of ones’ own subjective authenticity.
This book is an approach to the interpersonal psychoanalysis of Winnicott, demonstrating that his discoveries are highly topical in the different practical fields of this knowledge; they can be useful for psychologist, psychiatrist, social workers and all kinds of people interested in mental, relational and artistic processes.
Francesc Sáinz Bermejo, psychoanalyst and psychotherapist is a professor of the University of the City of Barcelona and the University Ramon Lull. He works in his own medical practice, he supervises psychologists and social workers of public institutions of mental health and social care of Barcelona.
He introduced the oeuvre of Winniscott in the official formation of therapists and is the president of the Winnicott Association of Barcelona.
He wrote and co-published various books and articles about Winnicott such as other psychoanalytical topics.
The future of religion is a bright essay in which the sociologist Salvador Giner analyses with equanimity how the future of believing in the supernatural and the presence of god will look like. His inquiry goes beyond a sociology of religion, because even though he funds his arguments on secular ground, he never ignores the arguments of believers.
His essay has the purpose to widen our knowledge about the religious dimension in our contemporary days, given the fact that serious conflicts and cultural migrations transform our economic and political universe and our everyday lives. The purpose of this essay is to broaden our knowledge about the current religious dimension of mankind.
This book offers a new, original, but at the same time rational perception of the faith and empowers the intends to dialogue between different beliefs and convictions.
Salvador Giner (Barcelona, 1934). He earned his PhD of sociology at the University of Chicago and took courses at the university of Colonia and Cambridge. He worked as a professor at different universities in the UK such as Cambridge, Reading, Lancaster and West London.
In 1989, he became senior professor of the department of the department of sociology at the University of Barcelona. He was the president of the Spanish Association of Sociology, director of the Center for advanced Social Studies (CSIC) and from 2005 to 2013 president of the Institute of Catalan Studies.
He published several books that have been translated in various languages.
200 Brief Therapy Tasks is a "toolbox" that offers psychotherapists of all orientations an array of technical resources and practical keys for applying them successfully, whether to families, couples or individuals.
Each task is presented in the form of a sheet, with a series of symbols in the heading to give a quick indication of its fundamental features. There is also a discussion of its indications and contraindications, what to take into account when using it, and its possible variants. Although most of the tasks described in this book are part of the systemic, strategic, solution-focused tradition, exercises are also adapted from hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychology.
Mark Beyebach spent eighteen years as head of the Masters Programme in Family Therapy and Systemic Interventions at the Pontificia University of Salamanca, and as a teacher at the University's School of Psychology. Currently, he is co-director of the Postgraduate Course in Brief Systemic Intervention in Family Violence at the University of Girona. A pioneer in Spain in solution focused therapy, he has is the author of over fifty publications on family therapy and brief therapy, including 24 ideas para una psicoterapia breve [24 Ideas for Brief Psychotherapy] and 200 tareas en terapia breve [200 Brief Therapy Tasks] (co-authored with Marga Herrero de Vega).
Marga Herrero de Vega taught at the Faculty of Psychology at the Pontificia University of Salamanca and also in the University's Masters Programme in Family Therapy and Systemic Interventions. She practises privately as a family therapist, is an accreditation supervisor for the Spanish Family Therapy Federation (FEATF), and teaches and lectures on these subjects in Spain and abroad. She is the author of several publications on brief therapy and family therapy, including 200 tareas en terapia breve [200 Brief Therapy Tasks], co-authored with Mark Beyebach.
Ultramodern Family Therapy. Therapeutical intelligence [Terapia familiar ultramoderna. La inteligencia terapéutica]
This work gives an overview of systemic family therapy, including both the classic view – because it assumes crucial influences in the systemic model's historical background – and a novel exploration, in the sense that these influences are interpreted personally and the conclusions drawn from them constitute an original and, in some ways, unorthodox approach.
Along with some of the author's already-known concepts, like complex love and relationship nutrition, others are presented in orderly form to make up an original mosaic. Thus, a systemic theory of personality appears. While the dysfunctional aspect of this theory is linked to psychological abuse, it also considers the relational bases of psychopathology, seeking to propose therapeutic strategies that are consistent both with these bases and with the personal resources of therapists themselves.
Juan Luis Linares, a psychiatrist and psychologist, is a leading voice on systemic family therapy in the Spanish-speaking world. As a teacher of psychiatry at the Autonóma University of Barcelona and director of the Psychotherapy Unit and Family Therapy School at San Pablo Hospital, he is constantly involved in clinical, teaching and research work. As president of RELATES (the Spanish and Latin American Systemic Schools Network) he coordinates major efforts to consolidate a Latin understanding and way of practising family therapy.
His written works include: Identidad y narrativa. La terapia familiar en la práctica clínica [Identity and narrative. Family therapy in clinical practice], Tras la honorable fachada. Los trastornos depresivos desde una perspectiva relacional [Behind the Honourable Facade. Depressive disorders from a relational perspective], Del abuso y otros desmanes. El maltrato familiar entre la terapia y el control [Abuse and Other Excesses. Domestic abuse, between therapy and control].