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Medico chirurgo, Specialista in Psichiatria.
Iscritto all'Albo dei Periti e dei Consulenti del Tribunale di Lodi.

Dottor Davide Manghi

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    10/10/15 - Training Course in Finland


    Training Course




    Portraying himself, making a selfie, working on one's own profile on Facebook are today simple gestures, that we think contribute to define personal and social identity. This is so popular and widespread not only because of the sophistication of digital instruments, or by the ease of access to them, but mainly because it fulfills - on deeper psychological and emotional levels – everyone's need to satisfy the curiosity connected to the sense of self. This is generated by the vision of one's personal image: the doubt on one's own identity ("How am I?), "Who do I look Like?", "Am I beautiful?") generates a drive to expression, to originality, to the desire of beauty. From this reflection come empathy, awareness, emotions that can be shared and kept alive.
    The process of seeing himself, bringing to awareness and emotional closeness, can become a tool of change and therapy.
    This point of view has been proposed quite a long time ago – the '80s – in the frame of my activity inside the Psychiatric Hospital: the patients could, put in front of their own image, quietly and slowly begin to retrieve, according to their possibilities, the perceptual and emotional link with the originality of being themselves.
    Giving the opportunity and the time to look at himself on the TV screen can start an emotional experience, accepted carefully by the worker and by the group, allowing to mature new impressions within the experience of being taken care of. In this way, encouraging to talk about one's feelings and emotions becomes an expressive technique that goes deep into personal stories and emotions, fears and desires.
    This wider perspective was gradually applied to other groups of users: families, abused children, seniors, groups of students, adolescents.


    The prevailing feelings in front of one's own image were at the beginning shyness and hesitation; now this, se know, has totally changed, and showing "how" we are is an easy and accepted way to show "Who" we are.
    But In the great flow of personal images, not always we look at that with curiosity: images are continuously changed, substituted, in a nearly compulsive way, but we don't tend to ask ourselves what is actually inside that image or portrait, neither we expect an opinion. Seeing himself in the digital age is mostly a private experience, and it doesn't seem to consider other's opinions.
    So, techniques and strategies too have changed, considering most the need of time, of patience, to let curiosity on himself grow and become identifiable.
    The key factor now is no more the disposition to accept to look and talk about himself; the key factor is time, patience, curiosity to search for an emotion and for beauty in the image.



    In this Training Course we will work on how seeing himself can be managed and made an useful tool of therapy and change, remembering that the instrument of health and well being is not the image in itself, but the way and the emotional climate we can offer and keep.
    Everyone of the participants to the Course will be enabled to develop a Group centered on self image, and a protocol of strategies and techniques to be applied in the first sessions will be defined.

    Because of this, the Course should be split in at least two parts: a first one (Wednesday to Saturday), with the Introduction and the direct experience of the techniques and of the management of the Group, and a second one (Wednesday and Friday), some weeks later, where the participants will bring their own material produced with the first sessions in their own groups.

    The First Part of the Course will be structured as follows:


    The Sense of self; the theme of identity.
    Looking at himself and seeing himself: Milton Berger, Michel Aflalo.
    Winnicott and the Mirror;
    Reflections and contributions on the vision of himself from art, literature and
    The contract between the photographer and the subject (from Italo Calvino,
    Roland Barthes, Francis Bacon, Ferdinando Scianna.





    The characteristics of the Group: the time required.
    The rules of the Group.
    Talking with the participants: what to say, when, why.
    The role of the leader: to keep and to repeat.

    The Calendar of the Course:


    9.30 - 12.30 p.m.


    Videoconfrontation (2)


    Improvisation Interviews
    2 - 6

    Videoconfrontation (1)

    Psyvideoclip 1,2,3


    Projecting the participants' Group



    The Course is intended for people working in helping and pedagogic professions (with patients, children, families, students, etc.).

    The Course will be led by DAVIDE MANGHI (1952), Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist. He works now in private practice in Milan and Lodi, and has worked extensively with video and expressivity with different categories of users.
    He has led various Courses on video and expressiveness, in Italy and abroad (LE CODE de Bruxelles, Belgium).
    He has written, in addition to many Articles and Communications:
    "Il diavolo nello specchio. Esperienze con il video in psichiatria", Rivista Sperimentale di Freniatria, vol. CX, 1989, a monography on the use of Video and expressive techniques in Psychiatric settings.
    "Vedere se stessi. La psicoterapia mediata dal video", FrancoAngeliEditore,
    2003; a book on mediation by video in psychotherapy.

    He runs his own Website (, and in particular the blog "Senza farsi troppo male".
    He runs the Facebook page "Paths of expression".

    The Course will accept 10 participants.
    The overall price is 650.00 Euros.