Counseling in Italy

Trip Start May 16, 2013
Trip End May 31, 2013

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Today was a pretty light day for students at Casa Cares. This morning we were given a lecture from Dr. Ted Remley from Old Dominion University. He discussed his view of Itaians through an American Perspective. Italy is not a very diversed country. They are not very Nationalistic. There are very few Italian flags flown by the citizens of the country.  Most Italians when asked, will tell you the city or province they are from instead of saying they are from Italy. I found it interesting that Italians do not drink in excess. They usually only have 1 drink of wine during the meal which is only to enhance the flavor. Italians are very family oriented. So much so, that children usually live with their parents until they marry and then the family will buy their son a house which is usually next door, upstairs, downstairs, or any unit close to the parents. Much different from the US huh?
The second seminar we attended today was about counseling as a profession, specifically, American Similarities and Differences in Counseling American and Italian Clients: A Personal Perspective by Paola Salvioni. Counseling as a profession in Italy is still very new. Counselors were just granted and acknowledged by the government just a couple of months ago. In italy, clients who suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, etc. see a psychotherapist, not a counselor. Counselors are only permitted to help individuals who are having difficulty with family relationships, transitions, stress, grief, etc.  Counselors in Italy are also not allowed to practice "therapy" The term therapy is reserved for psychiatrist and psychotherapist. The type of counseling that is most widely used in Italy is Rogerian. Counselors who practice in Italy usually practice counseling as a second job. There is not a lot of training needed to become a counselor so counselors are not permitted to charge more than approximately 70 Euros, which closely resembles the pay of Masters level counselors in the US. I found it interesting that in Italy, any person who holds a masters degree are referred to as doctors. So, counseling has a long way to go in Italy, however, the future looks promising as counselors continue to make their mark in the professional realm. 
In order to prepare for our trip to Florence tomorrow, we are being given a history lesson and introduction to the city. I will update you guys about this trip tomorrow. Ciao!
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great job Tori. I am so proud of you

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