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School of Psychology
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
Course unit
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
PSO2043215, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHOBIOLOGY
PS1082, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Branch PADOVA
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge SIMONE MESSEROTTI BENVENUTI M-PSI/08

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/10/2019 MESSEROTTI BENVENUTI SIMONE (Presidente)
BUODO GIULIA (Membro Effettivo)
GENTILI CLAUDIO (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Course attendance requires basic knowledge acquired in First Year courses, especially in General Psychology, Psychobiology, and Developmental Psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will present the major areas of clinical psychology. More specifically, the student will acquire knowledge of:

THE MAIN THEORIES AND MODELS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
1. The psychodynamic model
2. The behavioral model
3. The cognitive model
4. The metacognitive model
5. The psychobiological model

THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL ASSESSMENT IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
1. The clinical diagnostic interview
2. The psychological testing
3. The behavioral evaluation
4. The psychophysiological evaluation

CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS AND ETIOPATHOGENETIC MODELS OF THE MAIN PSYCHOPATHOLOGICAL DISORDERS
1. Anxiety disorders
2. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
3. Acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder
4. Depressive disorders
5. Bipolar disorders
6. Schizophrenia
7. Eating disorders
8. Dissociative disorders
9. Somatoform disorders
10. Personality disorders

THEORIES AND TECHNIQUES OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTIONS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
1. Psychological interventions based on behavioral model
2. Psychological interventions based on cognitive model
3. Psychological interventions based on metacognitive model
4. Psychological interventions based on psychobiological model
Examination methods: The exam consists in a written test with multiple-choice and completion questions. The total number of questions is 30 and the exam lasts 35 minutes.

For the exam, students have to subscribe to the appropriate list through UniWeb. Only Uniweb subscription will be allowed; it will NOT be possible to subscribe via telephone or email under any circumstances. In case of technical problems with UniWeb, students should refer to the appropriate technical assistance resources BEFORE THE CLOSING OF THE SUBSCRIPTION LIST.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to the understanding of course topics, and the knowledge and integration of key concepts, processes and methods.

As far as the exam is concerned, the following aspects will be specifically evaluated:
1. The level of knowledge gained during the course
2. The ability to understand and integrate the topics covered during the course
3. The competence in clinical reasoning
4. The accuracy of clinical terminology
Course unit contents: 1. Theories and models in clinical psychology
a) Freud's psychoanalytic theory
b) The behavioral model (Watson and Skinnner)
c) The cognitive model developed by Ellis (the ABC model and the Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy [REBT])
d) The cognitive model developed by Beck
e) The metacognitive model developed by Wells
d) Genetic, psychobiological and neuroscientific perspective in clinical psychology
e) The diathesis–stress model

2. Multidimensional assessment in clinical psychology
a) Clinical interview (SCID-5-CV and SCID-5-PD)
b) Psychological testing: broad (e.g., MMPI-2, CBA) and specific (e.g., BDI-II, BAI) self-report instruments
c) Behavioral evaluation (e.g., self-monitoring instruments)
d) Psychophysiological evaluation

3. Clinical features and etiopathogenetic mechanisms of the main psychopathological disorders

4. Description of the main interventions and their mechanisms in clinical psychology
a) Psychoeducation and psychological support
b) Psychological interventions based on behavioral model (e.g., exposure and systematic desensitization)
c) Psychological interventions based on cognitive model (e.g., disputing and cognitive restructuring)
d) Psychological interventions based on metacognitive model (e.g., disputing and modifying metacognitive beliefs)
e) Psychological interventions based on psychobiological model, especially psychopharmacology

5. Analysis of several clinical cases
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes will cover the main course topics that students will expand with:
1. Suggested readings
2. Analysis of clinical cases with information on symptoms/disorder and anamnestic data
3. Examples of research in clinical psychology

Practice lessons will be mainly focused on:
1. The analysis of specific clinical cases in order to develop clinical reasoning
2. The interactive discussion of models in clinical psychology and their application on specific clinical cases
3. The analysis of psychodiagnostic instruments
Additional notes about suggested reading: Each powerpoint slide and supplementary material will be made available on the course website (Moodle). Lecture slides and material uploaded on the course website (Moodle) will be mandatory as study material for both attendant and nonattendant students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Ann M. Kring, Sheri L. Johnson, Gerald C. Davison, & John M. Neale, Psicologia clinica (5a Edizione Italiana). Bologna: Italia: Zanichelli editore S.p.A., 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being