Since 2003, the main aim of this weekly Journal has been to promote advances in theoretical knowledge, research, clinical practice and psychiatric healthcare for children and young people. It also aspires to being a space for disseminating a healthcare model based on relational psychology, as well as being open to all professionals and the different lines of research and thought in this field. Edited and published with the support of the Board of Trustees of the Orienta Foundation this Journal constitutes a clear expression of the ideas that, since its beginnings, our institution has defended and promoted. The Journal covers a range of different areas: clinical, institutional, interdisciplinary and research.



Managing Board

Alfons Icart (President). Psychologist, Psychoanalyst and member of the SEP (Spanish Psychoanalytic Society)– IPA and  General Manager at Fundació Orienta. Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona).


Montse Balcells Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Head of Services CSMIJ Hospitalet (Child and Teenager Mental Health Center)  and Fundació Orienta Services Coordinator.

Cayetano García-Castrillón Doctor, Psychiatrist and Didactic Psychoanalyst at SEP and at IPA. Seville.

Rubén D. Gualtero Sociologist. Former Chief Editor of the Child and Teenager Mental Health and Psychopathology Magazine. Barcelona.

Alberto Lasa Psychiatrist, In charge of Uribe Infant-Juvenile Psychiatric Unit. Guetxo (Vizcaya).

Juan Manzano Psychiatrist, Professor at the Medicine Department, Former Director of the Medical-Pedagogical Service. Geneve

Jorge Tizón Psychiatrist and Neurologist, Psychologist, and Psychoanalyst (SEP-IPA). Professor at the Institut Universitari de Salut Mental de la Universitat Ramon Llull. Barcelona.

Àngels Martos Internist, Vice-dean at the International University of Catalonia, Medicine and Health Sciences Department. Barcelona.

Founding Board of Directors (2003-2017)

Alfons Icart (Director)
Alberto Lasa
Jorge L. Tizón
Francisco Palacio
Juan Manzano
Mercè Mitjavila
Eulàlia Torras de Beà

Advisory Council

Eulàlia Anglada (Barcelona) I

Alejandro Ávila (Madrid) I

Jordi Artigue (Barcelona) AP

Marta Biempica (Barcelona) PSM

Teresa Brouard (Bilbao) PI A AR

Natalia Calvo (Barcelona) I

Miguel Cárdenas (Barcelona) PSM

Marc Dangerfield (Barcelona) A

Sergi de Diego (Barcelona) E

Mª Dolores Domínguez (Santiago) AP

Fernando Dualde (Valencia) F

Marc Ferrer (Barcelona) I

Anna Fornós (Barcelona) AP

Míriam Fuentes (Barcelona) AR

Pablo García (Granada) F PI

Fernando González Serrano (Bilbao) A PSM

Carmen Grifoll (Barcelona) AP

Antònia Grimalt (Barcelona) PI

Laura Hernández (Barcelona) AR 1P

Guillem Homet (Barcelona) PSM

Alfons Icart (Barcelona) F

Ana Jiménez (Ciudad Real) A

Lluís Lalucat (Barcelona) PSM

José Luís Lillo (Barcelona) A

Marta Mascarell (Barcelona) 1P

Lluís Mauri (Barcelona) I

Josep Mercadal (Barcelona) I

Júlia Miralbell (Barcelona) I

Maite Miró (Barcelona) AP

Montserrat Palau (Barcelona) PI E

Fátima Pegenaute (Barcelona) PI

Carles Pérez Testor (Barcelona) I

Antonio de la Plata (Sevilla) A F AP

Roque Prego (Santander) PI PSM

Noelia Reyes (Barcelona) I

Emilio Rojo (Barcelona) 1P I

Teresa Ribalta (Barcelona) A F

Núria Ribas (Barcelona) I

Víctor Ribes (Barcelona) I

Maria Jesús Rufat (Barcelona) I

Jaume Sabrià (Barcelona) PSM

Luis San (Barcelona) AP

Eulàlia Sayrach (Barcelona) F AR

José Andrés Sánchez (Barcelona) 1P

Assumpció Soriano (Barcelona) A

Brenda Tarragona (Barcelona) A

Mercè Teixidó (Barcelona) A

Carme Tello (Barcelona) PI

Jorge Tió (Barcelona) A AR

Jordi Torner (Barcelona) PI

Llúcia Viloca (Barcelona) PI

Fernando Araos (Chile) AP 1P

Graciela Ball (Argentina) AP

Hilda Botero (Colombia) PI

Elena Castro (Chile) PI

Elisabeth Cimenti (Brasil) AP

Eduardo Jaar (Chile) AP

Clotilde Juárez (México) I

Marta Lapacó (Argentina) A F AR

María Inés Nieto (Colombia) AP

Giancarlo Rigon (Italia) A

Jani Santamaría (México) PI E AR

Dante Salatino (Argentina) I

Monica Santolalla (Argentina) PI E

Leandro Stitzman (Argentina) AP AR 1P

Carlos Tamm Lessa de Sa (Londres) AP AR

Elena Toranzo (Argentina) AP

1PPersonal Experience; A Adolescence; AP Psychotherapeutic Approaches; ARArt and Mental Health; EInfancy and school; FFamily; IInvestigation; PI Early Childhood; PSM Mental Health promotion and prevention; SMC Community Mental Health and Immigration

Founding Advisory Council (2003-2017)

Jaume Aguilar (Barcelona)

Charo Alonso (Sevilla)

Marina Altmann (Uruguay)

Delza María S. F. Araujo (Brasil)

Alejandro Ávila-Espada (Salamanca)

Josep Ballester (Barcelona)

Valentín Barenblit (Barcelona)

Jaume Baró (Lleida)

Hilda Botero C (Colombia)

Teresa Brouard Aldamiz (Bilbao)

María Jesús Buxó (Barcelona)

Maria Jose Cordeiro (Portugal)

Bettina Cuevas (Paraguay)

Fernando Delgado Bermúdez (Sevilla)

Mª Dolores Domínguez (S. de Compostela)

Robert N. Emde (USA)

Leticia Escario (Barcelona)

Consuelo Escudero (Madrid)

María Edelmira Estrada (Argentina)

Anna Fornós (Barcelona)

Cayetano García-Castrillón (Sevilla)

Pablo García Túnez (Granada)

José García Ibáñez (Reus)

María Dolores Hierro (Tarragona)

Guillem Homet (Premià de Dalt)

Joaquín Ingelmo (Badajoz)

Ana Jiménez Pascual (Alcázar de San Juan)

Lluís Lalucat (Barcelona)

José María López Sánchez (Granada)

Montserrat Martínez (Barcelona)

Maite Miró (Barcelona)

Josep Moya (Sabadell)

Eulàlia Navarro (Sant Boi de Llobregat)

Montserrat Palau (Sant Boi del Llobregat)

Fàtima Pegenaute (Barcelona)

Fernando Pêgo (Portugal)

Alberto Péndola (Perú)

Esperanza Pérez de Plá (México)

Carles Pérez Testor (Barcelona)

María Angeles Quiroga (Madrid)

Ignasi Riera (Barcelona)

Giancarlo Rigon (Italia)

Jaume Sabrià (Sant Vicenç dels Horts)

Manuel Salamero (Barcelona)

Paloma San Román Villalón (Albacete)

Elena Toranzo (Argentina)

Josep Toro (Barcelona)

Marta Trepat (Lleida)

Maren Ulriksen de Viñar (Uruguay)

Mercedes Valcarce Avello (Madrid)

Mercedes Valle Trapero (Madrid)

Llúcia Viloca Novellas (Barcelona)

In Memoriam

Lluís Barraquer Bordas (Barcelona)

Júlia Corominas (Barcelona)

Paulina F. Kernberg (USA)

Roser Pérez Simó (Barcelona)

Editorial Team:

Xavier Costa – Editor in Chief

Nuria Planas – The Secretariat

Maria Jose Muñoz – Layout

Miriam Fuentes – Promotion and Broadcasting

Josefina Martin – Administration and Accountancy

Translation (En English,  FFrench, IT Italian, PPortuguese, C Catalan):

Montserrat BalcellsIT, Miguel CardenasEn, Josepa CarrerasIt, Xavier CostaEn, Jordi FreixasF, Mireia RamonEn, Nuria RibasEn, Camille RiuF, Pilar TardioF, Brenda TarragonaEn, Elena VenutiIT and Montserrat ViñasP

Text Revision: Stela BacaluEn and Nuria VidalC (Language Standardisation Service)


The journal is indexed in the following bibliographic databases:

COMPLUDOC (Complutense University)


IBECS (National Library of Health Sciences, Carlos III Institute)

ISOC Psychology and Summaries ISOC-Psychology

LATINDEX (Online Regional Information System for Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal)

PSICODOC – Official College of Psychologists of Madrid

Publication guidelines

Original articles may be related to the following areas:

  • Clinical: subjects related to child and adolescent psychopathology
  • Institutional: experiences of inpatient healthcare, total and partial hospitalization, group work
  • Interdisciplinary: contributions from the fields of pediatrics, neurology, social sciences, legal matters, education
  • Research: studies and research projects in epidemiology, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology
  • Second publication: in accordance with the Vancouver criteria and recommendations, articles or work already published in other journals and/or language may also be published because of their particular relevance.

In addition, the Journal has independent sections dedicated to reviews of books and scientific activity, as well as letters from readers.

Manuscript submission

  1. Any work published has to be anonymous
  2. The manuscripts are presented with double spacing throughout and, in general, should have a maximum length of 35,000 characters (approximately 15 pages A4).

They should be organized as follows:

  • Title page
  1. Title of the article in Spanish and English
  2. Name of the author(s), and profession and workplace of each. An e-mail address must be included to which readers can write
  3. Name of the institution or centre to which the work is attributed
  4. Waivers, if applicable
  • Summary in Spanish and English of no more than 450 characters (around seven lines), which includes the key concepts of the presented work, together with three to five keywords, also in Spanish and English.
  • The article begins on the third page. In general, and assuming it is considered appropriate, it will be organized as follows:
  1. Introduction
  2. Material/method
  3. Results
  4. Discussion
  5. Conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes: the footnotes go in this section.
  • APA style bibliography.
  • Tables and graphs: presented on independent pages, numbered consecutively, according to the order they appear in in the text, with a short title for each. If abbreviations or symbols are used, the explanation should be included below the corresponding figure or table.

Each of these sections will begin on a new page, numbered consecutively.

Publication protocol

  1. The material received will be reviewed anonymously by a Committee of Readers, comprising experts from the different fields. The authors will be informed if the manuscript has been accepted and, if any modifications need to be made, they will receive suggestions from the corresponding readers.
  2. Accepted manuscripts will be subjected to an editing and correcting process based on the Journal’s style guide. The content of the articles is the exclusive responsibility of the author.
  3. Readers’ letters will be accepted that are aimed at furthering debate on the published material or mental health-related issues. The opinions expressed are only attributable to their authors and do not reflect the opinion of the Journal. The letters can be no more than 5,000 characters and must be double spaced and signed.
  4. Manuscripts are sent by e-mail in Word format to

Exchange request

With the purpose of promoting the dissemination of content related to the subject of the Journal, our editorial policy offers the chance to exchange copies, both printed and online, with those publications it considers are suitable. To do this, an e-mail must be sent to with the details of the publication being offered: editing institution, name, postal address, ISSN, website and contact details.