Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
ASSIS, Aisllan Diego de; SILVA, Priscila Patrícia da; CLAUDINO, Talita Xavier and OLIVEIRA, Alice Guimarães Bottaro de. Family groups in nursing graduation teaching practice. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.3, pp. 833-838. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342010000300040.
The Centers of Psychosocial Care (CAPS, acronym in Portuguese) are strategic devices for mental health care currently available in Brazil. Nurses are professionals required to compose the minimum staff of this device, which values the group activities involving users. This study presents a r report of the experience of nursing undergraduates from Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso(UFMT) on their conducting waiting-room group sessions with relatives of users of a CAPS from Cuiabá, Mato Grosso state. This experience is justified by the fact that nursing students have few opportunities to develop group approach abilities during their graduation course, which focuses mainly on clinical individual care. The aim of the experience was to provide theoretical-practical learning of all the work stages of group work: recognizing the need and possibility of conducting the activity, planning, coordination and group evaluation. The results confirm the need and possibility of performing group experiences in mental health care and in nursing education.
Keywords : Mental health; Nursing care; Mental Health Services; Education, nursing; Group processes.