According to the authors, clinical intervention cannot be properly conducted without an appropriate technical tool. Socioanalysis has been founded on the need for clinical intervention: the satisfactory integration of diagnosis, change and evaluation. The present article returns to an early case of intervention (1958), where the elements of this integration in Socioanalysis were technically marked out for the first time. This occured in two stages. A round of interviews, completed by a survey questionnaire, was conducted at a printing shop. The results were made available and discussed with the participants. A co-investigation was undertaken by the members of the shop and the intervention team, which involved use of a socioanalytic technique still in the process of development. During this work, the members of the shop gradually worked out their own diagnosis, which had the effect of modifying their perceptions of each other, of identifying the stakes of interdependence, and of imagining new ways of managing their shop. The recognition of this capacity of self-diagnosis, taking into account the conditions of its emergence and efficacy, led the authors to focus their efforts on the construction of an integrated tool of investigation and intervention. The consequences of adopting this method are analyzed here. Some features of the subsequent development of the socioanalytic technique are also mentioned.

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