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School of Psychology
Course unit
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (Ult. numero di matricola pari)
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


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
4 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BOTTESI GIOIA (Presidente)
CEREA SILVIA (Membro Effettivo)
GHISI MARTA (Membro Effettivo)
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: Basic knowledge acquired in first year courses is required to pursue the course profitably.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will present the major areas of Clinical Psychology. More specifically, the student will acquire fundamental knowledge related to:
-the main theoretical perspective in Clinical Psychology;
-the instruments and procedures used in clinical assessment;
-the research methods used in Clinical Psychology;
-the etiopathogenic models of mental disorders;
-the international diagnostic criteria for identifying mental disorders;
-evidence-based psychological and psychiatric treatments.
Examination methods: The exam consists in a written test on the computer with 50 questions, including multiple-choice and true/false questions. The exam is divided into two parts of 20 and 30 questions: to access the second part, you must pass the first part of the test. The total time allocated for the exam is 50 minutes. The final grade is the result of summing up the points of the second part and of a bonus of 1 or 2 points concerning the first part (for scores equal to or greater than 90%).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the student will be based on the knowledge and understanding of the course contents illustrated mainly in the textbook. Active participation in the exercises during the course can allow an additional evaluation that can contribute to the final exam grade.
Course unit contents: Main contents of the course:
-theoretical perspective and models in Clinical Psychology;
-multidimensional assessment: instruments and methods (clinical interview, questionnaires, self-monitoring, observation, psychophysiological recordings, etc.);
-research methods: correlational and experimental studies, case studies, single-subject experimental design, meta-analytic procedures, etc.;
-clinical, epidemiological and nosographic features of mental disorders;
-basic features of evidence-based psychiatric and psychological treatments.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course topics will be addressed through frontal lessons using powerpoint files (that will be made available on the Moodle platform). Classroom exercises are planned for a basic knowledge of assessment tools and to access specialized literature. Structured discussions and peer-feedback session will be planned.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Texts (not mandatory) for consultation and analysis:
Useful insights on anxiety disorders and modus operandi of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy are available here
-Galeazzi A., Meazzini P. (a cura di) (2004). “Mente e comportamento. Trattato Italiano di psicoterapia cognitivo-comportamentale”. Giunti, Firenze. Solo i Capitoli 5 e 6 (Galeazzi A., Franceschina E. "Il modus operandi della terapia cognitivo-comportamentale", pp. 147-211; Franceschina E, Sanavio, E., Sica, C. “I disturbi d’ansia”, pp. 213-277).
-Woods D.W., Kanter J.W. (2016). "Disturbi psicologici e terapia cognitivo-comportamentale. Modelli ed interventi clinici di terza generazione", Franco Angeli, Milano.

For foreign students it can be useful the manual in the original version in English: Kring, Johnson, Davison & Neale (2016), "Abnormal psychology", 13th. edition, Wiley and Sons.
However, the exam will only be conducted in Italian.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Kring A.M., Johnson S.L., Davison G.C., Neale J.M., Psicologia Clinica (quinta edizione). Bologna: Zanichelli, 2017. Testo obbligatorio. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions

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

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