Editorial: Give them a mean face

Author/s Pier Francesco Galli
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/4 Language Italian
Pages 8 P. 569-576 File size 60 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2019-004001
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This long editorial, based on the example of healthcare, highlights the contradiction between ideology of control and the real situation in a democracy that still today, in many areas, thinks that it is possible to govern according to the logics of corporations. Some aspects of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) system in Italy are critically discussed, pointing out some inner con-tradictions and the inefficiency of lifelong learning of mental health professionals, and the low forecasting ability of those who planned this CME system. An Editorial by Pier Francesco Galli which appeared in issue no. 4/2001 of the Giornale Italiano di Psicologia (GIP) [Italian Journal of Psychology], in which the main critical aspects of the CME system were emphasized, is re-printed; then some extended quotations of the article by Ulrich Wienand titled "Professional accreditation: Prospects and risks for Italian psychologists, which appeared in the same issue (4/2001) of the Giornale Italiano di Psicologia (GIP), are also reprinted. Finally, parts of two articles that appeared in September 2019 in the Italian on-line journal Quotidiano Sanità [Daily Healthcare Newspaper], by Massimilano Zaramella and Marco Castioni, respectively, who refer to the analysis made by the jurist Luca Benci, are reproduced. (The title of this Editorial - "Give them a mean face" - was the command shouted in the 18th century to the Bourbon Army in order to frighten the enemy, and here is used ironically to refer to those who try to put into effect the CME system in Italy. In a way, it reminds the haka, the ceremonial Māori dance performed by the New Zealand rugby team - the All Blacks - before their international matches; this dance, however, did not prevent defeat by England at the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi-final)

Keywords: Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Italy; Lifelong learning; Training of the psychologists; Professional associations; Professional accreditation

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Pier Francesco Galli, Editoriale: Facite ‘a faccia feroce in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 4/2019, pp 569-576, DOI: 10.3280/PU2019-004001