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[automatically translated] Operators of communities for children are likely to experience, to manage the continuous contact with risk situations and suffering to a kind of emotional contagion in which the emotions of the young users are rooted in the operator and become uncomfortable and traumatic element factor, bearer of risk to one's self and for the care and protection tasks that you are asked to perform (Barberis, 2001; Di Vita et al., 2009; Foti, 2003). The violence of the emotions at play, the dynamics that affect the team and the nature of the interventions create critical elements in the professionals and the entire team (because the operator's job is to group and for the group), which require special attention and allow to mature the idea, often overlooked by the social organizations, the importance of "taking care of the treating" (Lama A., 2009). It therefore becomes necessary to reflect on the needs, experiences, and ideas of the treating / community workers, investigate emotions and moods solicited by everyday relationships with child victims of abuse and / or ill-treatment, as well as deepening the area of the strategies implemented , by individuals and in the network, to handle such experiences. From this background the research project presented here pursues the purpose of "giving voice" to the operators and, starting from their stories, explore the area of the emotions in the working environment of the communities for children. Given the characterization of the group work team in the community, it was decided to structure the listening situations in which operators could express, in a group setting, precisely the experiences and l ' "emotional impact" bestowed upon them by working with child victims of abuse. The awareness of the difficulties encountered when addressing issues "strong" like emotions, has led to choose, as an aid to the group path, the Photolangage technique, which, although not used in its original therapeutic connotation, made it possible to "facilitate" exchanges within the groups, amplifying the results. The Photolangage is based on the use, as a group, the photographic image mediation, which allows, starting from delivery, and through the formulation of a question, exposing mental contents are difficult to reach with only verbal medium (Vacheret et al. 2002). In this type of group, the synergy between the characteristics of the group and those of the object broker (Vacheret, Joubert, 2008), which reinforce each other in a conjunction of processes, improves teamwork and can be particularly useful with a little accustomed to contact the public and to reflect on the emotions as it provides access to different forms of thought inaccessible to the individual subject. The research participants are the operators of six residential communities for children of Palermo area, who have voluntarily joined the collaboration in search request. In total it is 37 operators, 4 males and 33 females, aged between 24 and 54 years (M = 33.72). The team which includes these operators are composed of an average of 10 people distributed among the various roles (managers, psychologists, educators, auxiliaries). In all the communities we have been faced situations related to cases of abuse or suspected abuse, with a range between 2 and 9 cases in the past two years. To research participants were asked to fill out a short data collection form on the community and their own professional role, and participate in a Photolangage meeting lasting an hour and a half, group meetings were conducted by a clinical psychologist Photola
Original languageItalian
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Publication statusPublished - 2011

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