The S.A.I.P.P.H. (Support Service for the Professional integration of people with disabilities) is a medico-social unit that assists people with psychological disorders in their relationship to work. Indeed, before they can start applying for jobs, they need guidance to dive into their own representations of themselves. This work highlights the importance of social identities – what we call « hats » – which can either alienate or support workers getting back on track.
In a cross-reading of psychodynamics of work with institutional psychotherapy, the author questions the relationship between the collective – conceived as an agonistic space – and the underlining of ethics. She analyzes the relationship between courtesy as a social rule and kindness as an ethical rule and stresses the limits of the Aristotelian model of collective deliberation, when one needs to think about the dynamics of the caring collective taking into account its heterogeneity. Ethics is considered as a condition of the collective around a “necessary minimum” that makes possible the conflict and the elaboration of ethical rules for action. The article concludes with the questions raised by the articulation between the peer group and the function of director.
Abstract. In this article, the author summarizes the itinary of research that led her to put on the same level the “coffee break stories’ by caregivers with the “little stories” by Jean Oury in his seminar at St.Anne Hospital. These narratives are set out on a cathartic and humorous, tragi-comic mode, and used to elaborate the suffering generated by the care activity and trasmit work’s experience, developing incidents where ethics takes the form of self irony and tricky behavior.