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Narrative Medicine Methodology

The narrative as an instrument of training and carein the health and social sector 

The purpose of narration is to provide the sense of things, to shape phenomena and events (Bruner 2002).

The narrative is provided with an extraordinary ability to link with the way in which people live their lives, attribute it a meaning, create relations, build links between events in an individual perspective.

The narrative can become a powerful instrument for changefrom clinical practice to a development that no longer considers the clinical aspects as separable from the autobiographical and individual aspects of the disease. Then it becomes a way to give voice to the sick and their families, to recognize the situations in which patients find themselves and to encourage health care professionals to show empathy.

For more information, please download the Narrative Medicine Methodology Description


Parent's Pedagogy

"Parent's Education", the enhancement of the educational skills and knowledge of families, was born in Turin as a result of activities that emphasize the leading role played by the citizens who commit themselves to being social workers in mental health in a dynamic of reciprocity, which is nourished by bringing forward interpersonal relationships. Some principles derive from the practice of the assemblies of Popular Therapeutic Activity, born in Modena and developed in Turin from 1978, in which parents take active part, speaking in public and talking about their educational pathways.

For more information, please download the Parents Pedagogy Description



Since 2001, doctors have one more instrument at their disposal. Through the International Classification of Functioning (ICF), the WHO, which has a comprehensive look on the world and on the various cultures that compose it, has begun a deep reform in the sector of medical professionalism whose essence is grasped in the words written by Oliver Sacks: "looking for a synthesis between the scientific bases of diagnosis and therapies and the care of the person".

For more information, please download the ICF Decription



This glossary is the result of an effort to compile and rapidly publish all relevant definition of terms concerning the HEPPY Project, Narrative Medicine, Parents Pedagogy and ICF.

The scope of this glossary is to describe the main technical concept of this project.

All terms was collected by European and International Thesaurus of Certified Organisation related to Healthcare System.

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Logo Meaning

The logo of the project Heppy:Two faces looking at each other in the eyes with a rainbow as backgroundhas been designed to convey the founding principles of the Project.

Two faces (one in front of the other):

They express thePosture of cultural reciprocitybetween the health-care personnel and the family's caregivers

  1. Equality and complementarities of the scientific knowledge of the health-care personnel and the practical knowledge of the family.
  2. Functional attitude towards comparison.
  3. Looking at each other face to face, in the eyes, stressing a sense of common humanity.
  4. Direct communication proposed through a clear language which is universally acceptable.
  5. Culture and experience transmitted through narration, a high transferable instrument of communication.
  6. Respect for the others' competencies.
  7. Setting up of a relationship of mutual trust.
  8. Empathy and sharing.

Rainbow as background

It expresses the multifunctional character of the Project:

  1. Trans-nationalism.
  2. Multiculturalism.
  3. Acceptance of diversity.