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Revista Polis e Psique

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KINKER, Fernando Sfair  and  IMBRIZI, Jaquelina Maria. Myth of the Therapeutic Workshops. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2015, vol.5, n.3, pp.61-79. ISSN 2238-152X.

What criteria can guide a professional in the choice of working with therapeutic workshops as a care tool in Mental Health? Possible answers to this question are presented in light of reflections emerging both from a reading of Beatriz do Nascimento’s article “The Myth of Therapeutic Activity”, published in 1990, and from the authors’ experiences in teaching, researching and extension education. This paper aims to contextualise an offering of workshops through their articulation, by means of the existential and geographical territories of the subjects, the conception of the Singular Therapeutic Project and its ability to open the door to cultural interventions and the production of social change. In this regard, we identify the advances and challenges of the last 25 years in ways of thinking about mental illness and reference them to debates on the institutionalisation and implementation of the Brazilian Psychiatric Reform. It is about deconstructing myths that congeal life rather than making it fluid.

Keywords : Mental Health Workshops; Therapeutic Activities; Singular Therapeutic Project; Deinstitutionalisation; Existential Territories.

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