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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP3049823, A.A. 2016/17

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2014/15

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge CLAUDIO GENTILI M-PSI/08
Other lecturers ELISABETTA PATRON M-PSI/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 03/10/2016
End of activities 13/01/2017
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 GENTILI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
MICHIELIN PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
PATRON ELISABETTA (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 GENTILI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
MICHIELIN PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
PATRON ELISABETTA (Membro Effettivo)
5 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 GENTILI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
MICHIELIN PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
PATRON ELISABETTA (Membro Effettivo)
4 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 GENTILI CLAUDIO (Presidente)
MICHIELIN PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)
PATRON ELISABETTA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge on theoretical models of normal and pathological psychological development
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge on principal stages of the diagnostic process and on the specific aims of the clinical-diagnostical interview.

Knowledge on advantages and limits of the clinical interview as compared to other psychodiagnostic tools.

Knowledge on the assessment of the clinical problem, including causative, precipitating and perpetuating factors. This knowledge would include the ability of recollect psychological and psychopathological anamnesis and the use of psychodiagnostic tools.
Knowledge on the basic techniques in the clinical interview including, facilitation and clarification. This knowledge would also include the ability to change techniques in response to specific problems and difficulties.

Develop organizing skills to perform the clinical-diagnostic interview in different context and to build a functional and efficient therapeutic alliance

Develop the ability of evaluating symptomatology and all the factors that may influence the psychosocial functioning of the patients

Develop the ability of studying patients’ cognitive, affective and behavioral areas.

Develop the knowledge to organize and merge the pieces of information acquired with the interview with those obtained with other tools (questionnaires, observations, psychophysiological evaluations) toward the formulation of a exhaustive diagnosis.
Examination methods: Final examination is based on a written exam.
The written examination is composed by a part with multiple choice questions and another part with a clinical simulated case. In this part the student should highlight the missing information and illustrate how to complete the clinical-diagnostic process.

For Erasmus and foreigners students it will be possible to agree on tailored program and exam. For Erasmus and foreigners it would be possible to sustain an oral exam in English.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is based on knowledge on the theoretical models (from the multiple choice questions) and the ability to conduct the clinical interview based on the analysis of the clinical case and on the optional oral examination
Course unit contents: Theoretical underpinnings of clinical interview
Diagnosis in Clinical Psychology (dr. Messerotti-Benvenuti)
Clinical interviews and patient’s needs
Analysis of the clinical problem
Evaluation of functional impairment
The clinical interview in its different phases (including, request of the first visit, psychological anamnesis, deepening evaluations)
Other tools for diagnosis in clinical psychology (questionnaires, tests, psychophysiological measurements) (Dr.Messerotti-Benvenuti).
The patient-psychologist relationship an the therapeutic alliance
Models and techniques of the clinical interview
Management of the clinical interview
Integration of different pieces of information toward the diagnosis
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During the course the above-mentioned topics will be discussed in their general aspects including the use of exemplificative examples. Students are asked to complete and expand these topics on the suggested text-books.
Dr. Messerotti-Benvenuti will run clinical cases simulation and presentation. Clinical cases will be presented and discussed interactively including the psychological and psychophysiological aspects of the assessment.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Clinical cases as well as the slides presented during the course will be available to students who cannot attend classes regularly.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Del Corno F., Lang M., Modelli di colloquio in psicologia clinica. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2002. esclusi il capitolo 1 della parte I - Processo diagnostico e il capitolo 4 della parte II - Alternative al colloquio clinico Cerca nel catalogo
  • Anchisi R., Gambotto Dessy M., Manuale per il colloquio psicologico. Milano: Franco Angeli, 2009. esclusi i capitoli 3 - Basi etologiche e 12 - Colloquio nella selezione del personale Cerca nel catalogo