Ohana and the Creation of a Therapeutic Community
by Celia Studart Quintas, Ph.D.
This book is a condensed version of a research project that investigated the improvements that can take place in the lives of people diagnosed as chronically mentally ill, based on a group therapy program in an intensive outpatient setting. Moreover, it demonstrates how a postmodern, collaborative approach to group therapy had an impact on the ways in which persons diagnosed with chronic mental illness recreated their identities, thereby affecting their ways of relating to others and themselves. This project also examined the social and communal components of human behavior. It looked at how moving away from an intrapsychic and individualistic framework invites us, as mental health professionals, to change our ways of providing treatment; in addition, it expands our awareness and brings out our capacities for caring about people who have been diagnosed with mental illnesses.