Training and support group for healthcare professionals
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Traditionally, healthcare professionals working at Hospitals were considered to perform a very burdensome and demanding task. Adding to that is the frustration expressed by patients and their relatives.

The difficulties encountered by healthcare professionals in daily clinical practice were investigated in the context of Consulting-Liaison Psychiatry.

It appears that the origin of these difficulties lies in the treatment of patients within the therapeutic relationship; sometimes healthcare professionals succeed in their approach but in others they fail. When they do fail, they tend to label patients as "difficult", "odd", "uncooperative", and often engage into disagreements with them.

Not only that, but doctors become rivals with the patient's family.

Therefore, we formed groups to explore the problems faced by healthcare professionals.

The research was conducted at the Psychiatric department of the METAXA Cancer Hospital in the context of Consulting-Liaison Psychiatry. The method applied was qualitative research.

The groups had a weekly frequency of 90 minutes and met for five years. The studies of Michael Balint and Kahana & Bibring were employed to gain an understanding of the patient on the basis of his personality type. The components included in the group work were the following:

  1. instruction
  2. experience
  3. self-awareness
  4. supervision work within the group.


Key words: Training, group, experiential, healthcare professionals, liaison psychiatry.