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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032241, A.A. 2016/17

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2016/17
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLINICAL PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can 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 MARTA GHISI M-PSI/08
Other lecturers GIOIA BOTTESI M-PSI/08

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2017-1 01/10/2017 30/09/2018 GHISI MARTA (Presidente)
BOTTESI GIOIA (Membro Effettivo)
SPOTO ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2017 01/10/2016 30/09/2017 GHISI MARTA (Presidente)
BOTTESI GIOIA (Membro Effettivo)
MICHIELIN PAOLO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Course attendance requires basic knowledge in clinical psychology, psychopathology (and diagnostic classifications, in particular DSM-5), clinical psychophysiology, psychometrics, methodology of clinical research and interventions evaluation.
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides the theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and technical-applicative competencies necessary to: identify the most appropriate assessment techniques (clinical interview, structured interviews, questionnaires) taking into account the peculiarities of both patients and clinical settings; conduct a psychodiagnostic assessment; scoring and interpretation of questionnaires’ results, elaboration and draft of a psychodiagnostic report.
Examination methods: The exam consists exclusively in a written test.
The test comprises two sections. The first section is made up of completion questions regarding the course topics. In the second section, some clinical information, as well as data pertaining the anamnesis, scores on the CBA2.0, MCMI-III or other questionnaires (among those presented during the course) are provided. Students are required to draft a psychodiagnostic report, comprising the formulation of a diagnostic hypothesis and the identification of issues deserving further investigation by means of clinical interview or more specific questionnaires.
Assessment criteria: Students are evaluated not only through completion questions, but also through the draft of an adequate, valid, and effective psychodiagnostic report comprising the formulation of a diagnostic hypothesis and the identification of topics and questionnaires for further in-depth investigation. Both the precision and the ability to justify clinical decisions by means of appropriate evidence are valued.
Course unit contents: Clinical assessment instruments and psychodiagnostic strategies.
Psychological anamnesis, structured interviews, multidimensional and specific questionnaires, psychophysiological assessment and observational techniques.
Psychodiagnostic assessment, case formulation, implementation and evaluation of psychological and psychotherapeutic treatments.
Review of the questionnaires mostly used in clinical psychology, in particular:
-Batteria CBA Cognitive Behavioural Assessment, 2.0 - Scale Primarie e Secondarie (CBA-2.0).
- Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III).
- CBA Y (Young Form).
- Outcome evaluation and the CBA-VE-Valutazione degli esiti.
- Psychodiagnostic assessment pertaining specific areas or periods of life (Schizophrenia, Generalized anxiety disorder) and discussion of clinical cases.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: General descriptions of each topic, corroborated with examples, are provided during frontal lessons. Students, through the consultation of recommended readings, Test Library tools, and possible training activities, individually conduct further in-depth analyses of such topics. Furthermore, some exercise consisting in the presentation and drafting of a psychodiagnostic report are presented.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Frontal lessons are supported by practical lessons. The attendance of the Test Library and the consultation of questionnaires is recommended to all students, in particular to those unable to attend lessons regularly.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Sanavio E., Sica C., I test di personalità. Inventari e questionari.. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1999. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Sanavio E., Le scale CBA. Milano: Cortina, 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Michielin P., Casi clinici e strumenti di psicodiagnosi della schizofrenia. Padova: UPSEL Domeneghini, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Michielin P., Bertolotti G., Sanavio E., Vidotto G., Zotti A.M., Manuale d'uso del CBA-VE. Roma: Ordine degli Psicologi, 2010. L'articolo è disponibile e scaricabile, tra il materiale didattico, da Moodle; The paper is downloadable from Moodle
  • Strack S., Millon T., Contributions to the dimensional assessment of personality disorders using Millon's model and the MCMI-III.. --: Journal of Personality Assessment, 89, 56-69, 2007. L'articolo è disponibile e scaricabile, tra il materiale didattico, da Moodle; The paper is downloadable from Moodle Cerca nel catalogo
  • Tutto il materiale didattico disponibile in Moodle, All the educational material available on Moodle, --. --: --, --.