Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 376–387 | Cite as

Steps to a Therapy of Human Relationships: The Evolution of Family Therapy in Italy

  • Gianmarco Manfrida
  • Elena Giachi
  • Erica Eisenberg
Original Paper


A brief description is given of history, developments and future perspectives of family therapy in Italy, including information about Italian law requirements for training and accreditation as therapists and fit of family therapy with current medical and social services systems in the country. A characteristic feature of the Italian situation is family, couples and also individual therapies merging into a common systemic-relational approach, which with different adaptations and techniques according to different contexts allows professionals to deal with problems at any level of systemic complexity, from individuals to organizations. Challenges fostered by the economic crisis can be productive to Italian family therapy, which has always been socially oriented and close to people’s real life: therapists seem inclined to refine their clinical skills, schools to improve the educational level and patients might be more open to relational aspects of human interaction.


Family therapy Italy Systemic relational approach Psychotherapy Italian laws Italian society relational psychotherapy SIPPR 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianmarco Manfrida
    • 1
  • Elena Giachi
    • 1
  • Erica Eisenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Centro Studi e Applicazione della Psicologia RelazionalePratoItaly

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