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School of Psychology
Course unit
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola dispari)
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
PS2295, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, 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 Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
E-Learning website
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 GIOIA BOTTESI M-PSI/08

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

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

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 BOTTESI GIOIA (Presidente)
CEREA SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
GHISI MARTA (Membro Effettivo)
2 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 GHISI MARTA (Presidente)
COLOMBO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Course attendance requires basic knowledge acquired in First Year courses, in particular General Psychology, Psychobiology, and Developmental Psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: Students are expected to gain knowledge about Clinical Psychology, specifically: main theories and models in Clinical Psychology; basics of research methods in Clinical Psychology; diagnostic classification (DSM-5 system); main psychopathological disorders; multidimensional assessment, psychodiagnostics, and intervention techniques in Clinical Psychology.
Examination methods: The written exam consists in 25 questions to completion and 2 open questions. The overall duration of the exam is about 50 minutes. The oral exam is only upon the professor’s request. International students can require to have the exam in English language.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of gained knowledge and competences is based on the assessment of comprehension and acquisitions of topics and concepts addressed during classes and described in textbooks, as well as on the accuracy of clinical terminology. Students will have the possibility to participate clinical psychology researches (or, alternatively, they might prepare a brief essay on a topic agreed with the professor). Participation will be voluntary and it will allow obtaining one additional evaluation that will concur to the final exam grade.
Course unit contents: Main contents are:
• Theories and models in Clinical Psychology
• Basics of research methods in Clinical Psychology
• Multidimensional assessment in Clinical Psychology (clinical interview, self-report instruments, behavioural observation, and psychophysiological assessment)
• Diagnostic classification (DSM-5 system)
• Clinical features of the main psychopathological disorders
• Interventions in Clinical Psychology
• Analysis of clinical cases
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes will cover the main course topics. Students might expand topics through suggested readings, analysis of clinical cases and examples of researches in Clinical Psychology. Practice lessons will be mainly focused on the analysis of several clinical cases.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture slides will be made available on Moodle. All material uploaded on 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: Zanichelli editore S.p.A., 2017. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams

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

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