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CODE 67553
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-PSI/08
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
PREREQUISITES
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TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The teaching of clinical psychology concerns one of the main theoretical and applied branches of psychology including the scientific study and applications of psychology about the understanding, prevention and intervention of psychological and relational problems in individuals, families and groups.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching of clinical psychology aims to provide a framework of clinical psychology, as regards the main theories and methods of intervention, with a specific focus on psychodynamic framework and attachment theory. Special attention will be given: to reflect on the role of clinical psychologist in different working contexts; to the demand analysis model; to the clinical relationships -from beginning to the end of treatment, to the psychodynamic assessment and to the attachment-based psychotherapies

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at providing students with theoretical and methodological knowledge on Clinical Psychology, its intervention methods and research field. The course will address the main issues of clinical psychology and it will be organized in three parts: 

Ø Part 1: Concepts, definitions and paradigms of Clinical Psychology.

Definition of Clinical Psychology – Theoretical models of motivation – Psychopathology – Intervention techniques – Diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative activities – Psychological intervention in different contexts

Ø Part 2: Assessment of clinical disorders and personality disorders.

Mental functioning - Psychopathological suffering - Affect Regulation - Relational patterns - Developmental issues - Defense mechanisms - Personality organizations – Psychodynamic diagnosis

Ø Part 3: Models and Methodologies of Clinical Intervention. 

Therapeutic relationship - Transference and countertransference – Therapeutic Alliance – Clinical Training -Attachment-based Psychotherapies- Ethical principles and professional ethics

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:

1.     to define the clinical psychology and the role of the clinical psychologist in the different contexts of intervention (knowledge and understanding)

2.     understand and reflect on the model of demand analysis (applying knowledge and understanding)

3.     acquire adequate knowledge related to the construction of the clinical relationship, from sending it to its conclusion, to its processes and problems (knowledge and understanding)

4.     acquire adequate knowledge concerning the psychodynamic evaluation and its methodologies (knowledge and understanding)

5.     apply the acquired knowledge to the analysis of clinical cases (applying knowledge and understanding)

6.     acquire adequate knowledge concerning attachment-based psychotherapies (knowledge and understanding)

7.     acquire the technical language typical of clinical psychology to communicate with specialists and non-specialists and to orientate oneself in future choices (learning skills)

PREREQUISITES

Required prerequisites: Dynamic Psychology exam. The student must adequately master the concepts of dynamic psychology and have good knowledge of the contributions of the most significant and influential psychoanalysts.

TEACHING METHODS

Combination of traditional lectures in the presence through slides and presentations, also with not academic expert clinical psychologists (if it will be possible), and classroom discussion of clinical cases both in small and large group. 

A critical and active participation of the students will be encouraged.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course program will include the presentation and discussion of the following topics:

  • The complex definition of clinical psychology
  • Analysis of the demand as a model for clinical-psychological practice
  • The unconscious in the clinical relationship
  • Treat the question of clinical psychology: from sending to the consultation institution
  • The "short" psychological-clinical intervention
  • The clinical relationship: the therapeutic alliance
  • The conclusion of the psychological intervention
  • The supervision relationship
  • Nosography-descriptive (DSM) and interpretative diagnosis (psychodynamic evaluation)
  • Methodologies: the Structural Interview by Kernberg
  • The evolutionary levels of personality organization
  • Defence mechanisms
  • Types of personality organization (psychopathic, narcissistic, schizoid, etc.)
  • Attachment in clinical practice
  • The trauma and the avoidant client
  • Avoiding defences
  • Activate the attachment system: challenge the client
  • Emotional detachment: the mourning’s avoidance
  • Build the therapeutic relationship with the avoidant client: the centrality of empathy
  • The treatment of avoidant client

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography list: 

 

The following books can be also found in English: 

1.     McWilliams N. (1994). La diagnosi psicoanalitica. Tr. it. Astrolabio, 1999, Roma; 

2.     Gabbard G. O. (2005) Introduzione alla psicoterapia psicodinamica. Raffaello Cortina, Milano; 

3.     Muller R.T. (2010). Il trauma e il cliente evitante. Strategie di guarigione basate sull’attaccamento (Trauma and the avoidant client: attachment-based strategies for healing). Giovanni Fioriti, Roma. 

The book written by Italian scholar (Grasso M. (2010). La relazione terapeutica, Il Mulino, Bologna) can be replaced with other text agreed with the Professor.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

CECILIA SERENA PACE (President)

GUYONNE ROGIER

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Tuesday 20th September 2022. 2-4 pm in person (1st semester).

Lessons will take place on Tuesday 14-16, Wednesday and Thursday 10-12, in presence, unless otherwise indicated by the University.

Class schedule

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam procedure will be in written form with open questions, followed by electronic registration, usually in the next session. The exam will be held in person, unless otherwise indicated by the University in the event of a resurgence of the health emergency.

The evaluation will be expressed out of thirty. For passing the exam, the lowest grade will be 18/30 and the highest will be 30/30. In the event of "failure / withdrawal / refusal of grade" in an exam session, students are allowed to repeat the exam in the next session.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam includes open-ended questions regarding the bibliographic material and, only for attending students, topics presented and discussed in classes.

The professor will consider, with the attending students, the possibility of adding a pre-session exam in the last lesson of the teaching. In this case, the pre-session exam will take place in written form and in person in the same way as the regular exam session.

The students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired the contents of teaching, they are able to appropriately managing them, connecting and comparing different clinical constructs/perspectives, as well as they have learned how to communicate them using scientific language and technical terms.

Extraordinary sessions will not be granted outside the periods indicated in the Study Program Regulations.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
10/01/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
31/01/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
14/02/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
16/05/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
06/06/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
27/06/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
11/07/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto
11/09/2023 14:00 GENOVA Scritto

FURTHER INFORMATION

TEACHING ASSISTANTS:

The following doctors collaborate in the teaching of Clinical Psychology:

THESIS:

For the 2022-23 academic year, the teacher of Clinical Psychology (67553) is available to follow theses of the Bachelor's Degree in Psychological Sciences and Techniques and Master's Degree in Psychology on the following research areas:

  1. People living with HIV: psychopathological symptoms and psychological functioning
  2. Connect Parent Group with vulnerable teenagers.

Interested students can send an email to the Professor Pace (cecilia.pace@unige.it) and teaching assistants (Muziunige@gmail.com, morgantiwanda@gmail.com), indicating:

- Topic of interest and motivation

- CV related to experiences that you consider useful (e.g., knowledge of English, software, exam marks, etc.)

Other questions on the thesis may be asked during the first teaching lesson.

STUDENTS WITH SLA, DISABILITIES AND SEN:

Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), disability or other Special Educational Needs (SEN) are recommended to contact the professor at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and exam methods which, according to the course’s objectives, take into account the modalities individual learning and provide suitable compensatory tools.