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BUSTAMANTE, Vania  and  OLIVEIRA, Rosângela Santos. Children and families playing together, as alternative care for child mental health. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2018, vol.24, n.3, pp. 726-743. ISSN 1677-1168.

This paper presents a report about "Family playing" project, which is an extension project from the Federal University of Bahia. This project offers group psychological counseling, which children and their families can join freely. The project is based on the discussion of policies and child mental health practices, and psychoanalytic theory, particularly Winnicott’s contributions and Holmes perspective on the reception. Based on the reports about the care provided to some regular attendees, it is shown that the reception of children and their families (which involves offering a space to play and the attentive presence of staff) provides therapeutic advances while at the same time it strengthens the individuals’ autonomy. Noteworthy is the potential of the project to promote health and child development, early detection and treatment of problems. The center receives referrals from various sectors (education, social welfare, primary health care), thus making it an important service in a network of psychosocial care.

Keywords : Childhood; Mental health; Psychoanalysis; Family.

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