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when the body speaks... who will hear him ? 

WHY  does the solution to complex circumstances of  dignity & wellbeing seem  IMPOSSIBLE?

OUTLINE of a workshop at the Rome conference, and for a
FEASIBILITY study into a European examination of individual casework


STARTING POINT Questions like the one above are being asked increasingly frequently by front-line workers, who are confronted with the complex and deteriorating problems of mentally-ill people (i.e. those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric pathology) who live neglected on the streets. Secondary, more specific questions focus on differences in context, legislation, service structures, traditions, and client characteristics..

RATIONALE  This could form the foundation of a workshop at the Rome conference, which explores the history, analyses the needs and causes, evaluates reactions, and finally sets out a range of effective responses for discussion with conference colleagues.

A preliminary study could be carried out to scope a feasibility for an action research project into exceptionally complex cases. The working hypothesis is, at this stage, that better outcomes might be achieved for these cases if one could establish criteria agreed as crucial by front-line workers, regardless of either context or resources. Not only would exchanges of ideas between front-line workers transform day-to-day practice, especially in relation to the more complex cases, but that transformation could only be brought about by such exchanges.

One could thus foresee a workshop called something like “European casework” which could lead into an Action research project into civic participation.



The problem, despite national differences, is European and, for this reason must be placed at the centre of an urgent call for awareness and deeper consideration particularly with respect to the development of a new political program at a European level.


"We have tried everything...
there’s nothing more that can be done

According to the workers


its  really true that 'THEY' ask for nothing
and wish for nothing ?...


Should they be compulsorily detained in an asylum?
or in another  secure institution...


THEY don’t disturb anybody,  and not disrupt public order


THEY are a provocation,
they are a constant reminder,
they are a challenge,
on a human & professional level!...


What is the yardstick – their dignity, or our compassion?


Does their freedom  contain any element of
autonomy & choice?



Does wellbeing   have any meaning  for THEM ?