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ERIC Number: EJ953756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
At the Border: Reflections on Psychoanalytically Oriented Counselling in an Italian University Setting
Adamo, S. M. G.; Fontana, M. R.; Preti, E.; Prunas, A.; Riffaldi, M. L.; Sarno, I.
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v40 n1 p5-14 2012
This paper analyses the "border" position of counselling services in Italian universities. The concept of "border" has great relevance in the work of psychoanalytically oriented university students' counsellors. Counselling is part of a continuum of interventions, from befriending to psychotherapy. This closeness encompasses the need for identifying specificities and differences among interventions. Moreover, a university counselling service occupies a "marginal" position, continuously confronted with the risks of rejection and/or assimilation. The concept of "border" is also useful to define the developmental phase of university students, crossing the border between late adolescence and young adulthood, as represented by Conrad's novel "The shadow line" (1917/1999), recently analysed by Green (2008) as the metaphoric demarcation line between youth and adulthood. Finally, most of the students referring to our counselling service come from families that for the first time crossed the border of university education. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy