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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074608, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS2292, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation
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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 SILVIA SALCUNI M-PSI/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/07 Dynamic Psychology 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 07/10/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 SALCUNI SILVIA (Presidente)
ANTONELLI ELENA (Membro Effettivo)
DI RISO DANIELA (Membro Effettivo)
LIS ADRIANA (Membro Effettivo)
OLIVA MARTA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Psychodynamic Psychology, infant research
Developmental Psychopathology
Biological and Dynamic bases of Parenting
Methods of evaluation of Family Interactions
Adolescent clinical evaluation
Target skills and knowledge: Starting front the first year of MPCS courses, the present course will help the student to define the clinical evaluation of the child/adolescent/family. Consequently, the psychopathological diagnosis, an intervention program will be planned. Methods of evaluation of the clinical intervention/psychotherapy will be highlighted (outcome-process psychotherapy research).
Examination methods: written, 1 hour and a half in which students provide a PDM profile of a given single case
Assessment criteria: The exam will be a clinical case evaluation, asking the students both the clinical assessment battery the diagnosis with PDM2 and the intervention planning, with measures of psychotherapy/intervention efficacy. Exam mark will be calculated in respect with completeness and pricision of the the diagnostic profile.
Course unit contents: After a brief theoretical explanation about diagnostic iter and basic psychotherapy research guidelines, with clinical cases exemplifications, students will be asked to plan both assessment hypotheses (battery of tools) and clinical intervention (included a measure of efficacy).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons.
Clinical case exemplifications and discussion in little work-groups.
Some lessons will be presented by external professionals (neuropsychiatrists, developmental psychotherapists...) with an open discussion with students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Mandatory book:

Mc Williams, Lingiardi (2018). PDM2. Raffaello Corina Editore. Capitoli
2 – Adolescenza
Profilo del funzionamento mentale in adolescenza, Asse MA
Section Editors: Mario Speranza, Nick Midgley
Pattern e sindromi di personalità in età evolutiva, Asse PA
Section Editors: Johanna Malone, Norka Malberg Mario Speranza
Pattern sintomatici: l’esperienza soggettiva, Asse SA
Section Editors: Mario Speranza

3 – Infanzia
Profilo del funzionamento mentale in infanzia, Asse MC
Section Editors: Norka Malberg, Larry Rosenberg
Pattern e disagi di personalità nello sviluppo infantile, Asse PC
Section Editors: Norka Malberg, Larry Rosenberg
Pattern sintomatici in infanzia: l’esperienza soggettiva, Asse SC
Section Editors: Norka Malberg, Larry Rosenberg

4 – Neonati e prima infanzia
1. Disturbi mentali e dello sviluppo in neonati e prima infanzia, IEC 0-3
Section Editors: Anna Maria Speranza, Linda Mayes

per approfondire
capitolo 6 – Strumenti di valutazione ed esemplificazioni cliniche
1. Strumenti di valutazione secondo il modello PDM-2
Section Editors: Francesco Gazzillo, Sherwood Waldron, Robert M. Gordon

2. Esemplificazioni cliniche e profili PDM-2
Section Editors: Franco Del Corno, Vittorio Lingiardi, Nancy McWilliams

+ Slides of the course, articles suggested during the lessons.uploaded in moodle.


Not mandatory but suggested books:

Dazzi, Lingiardi, Colli (2006).La ricerca in Psicoterapia. Modelli e strumenti. Raffaello Cortina Editore. Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12

Leuzinger-Bohelerber & Target (2006). I risultati della psicoanalisi. Il Mulino. Chapters: 1,2,4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Beebe, Lachmann (2002). Infant research e trattamento degli adulti. Raffaello Cortina
Editore. Chapters: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9

Lichtenberg, J. (2000). Lo scambio clinico. Raffaello Cortina Editore. Chapters: 4, 9
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mc Williams, Nancy; Lingiardi, Vittorio, Manuale diagnostico psicodinamico PDM-2. Milano: Raffaello Corina Ediotre, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback

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

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