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Psicologia & Sociedade

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SOTERO, Luciana  y  RELVAS, Ana Paula. Involuntary clients intervention: complexity and dilemmas. Psicol. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.1, pp.187-196. ISSN 0102-7182.

The involuntary clients issue is the core of this literature review article. Critical analysis was carried out over the work of authors who: (1) propose their characterization, namely in what concerns the client's positioning in a help situation, leading to a notion of complexity in its identification; (2) conceptualize the role of mental health technicians, as well as the singularities of the therapeutic relationship, highlighting the importance of the alliance, ethical dilemmas and the motivation towards an intervention; (3) point out the therapeutic models mainly used in these situations, emphasizing collaborative therapies, particularly solution focused therapies, as those who better promote the involvement of clients. Reviewing extensive literature on psychological intervention that simultaneously underlined a critical and complex perspective on the matter was a constant concern throughout the research process. The article's structure is outlined diachronically so that the evolution of both conceptualization and praxis on the subject becomes clear.

Palabras clave : involuntary clients; mandated intervention; post-modern systemic approach.

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