Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

THE ALLEVIATION OF SUFFERING AS THE GOAL OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CARE

Jordi Cabos

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It would seem quite clear that what gives meaning to psychological care is the alleviation of patient suffering. But this affirmation is not so evident in some cases. In fact, some psychological care practices overlook suffering. This article explores why suffering is overlooked in some of these practices: first of all, the search for a psychological care which is free from moral judgments; secondly, the incompatibility between suffering and the prevailing psychological care models and thirdly, the professionalisation of the relief of suffering. Finally, this paper reminds that the alleviation of suffering is the goal which gives meaning to any psychological care practice.

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