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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074657, 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


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical 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
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Necessary knowledge for learning Course contents: fundamental constructs of Dynamic Psychology and Developmental Psychology, theories and instruments for psychological assessment in infancy and adolescence, some aspects of research methodologies and data analysis in clinical and evolutional fields.
Target skills and knowledge: This course intends to provide students knowledge about actual theoretical models in Developmental Psychopathology and about diagnostic classification systems of psychic pathologies in infancy and adolescence. Moreover, it will provide also a specific description of principal symptomatologic manifestations of psychopathologic frames, with clinical examples, in order to foster not only a theoretical comprehension of modalities and characteristics through which psychic impairment expresses itself, above all, during the first years of age.
Finally, it will be promoted the acquisition of competencies related to therapeutic and supportive modalities of interventions with children and families, with the aim to facilitate student in having an exhaustive and critical view on diagnostic models and on clinical practicality in this field.
Wherever possible, research models and methods used in psychopathology will be presented, with the purpose of explaining the integration between these two aspects of the study and practice, relatively to clinical themes.
Examination methods: The exam will be in writing and will last for 1h and 30 min.
It is composed by 5 open questions, but specific, which the student will be asked to answer to, referring to what it has been taken in consideration during lessons and by books.
Questions are so organized:
- 3 questions regarding themes considered during the course, for which a wide answer is requested;
- 2 questions related to specific definitions of the key points and constructs of the discipline, for which a synthetic answer in requested
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of student’s performance will be done due to the following criteria:
- ability to answer to all the questions formulated;
-adequacy and adherence of the answers to the questions ( Is the answer in line with the theme subject of examination? Is it vague or not well specified?)
- completeness and exhaustiveness of the given answers (Does it contain all the constitutive elements of the argument/construct subject of the question?)
- appropriateness of the language (the answer is formulated with an adequate language which refers to specific psychological terms to describe the construct and/or the theme requested?)
-ability in synthesizing
Course unit contents: Specific contents of the course will be subdivided in the following thematic areas:
FIRST AREA: Fundaments
-Theoretical and methodological fundaments of developmental psychopathology;
- Methods abd research instruments: clinical assessment and research procedures;
- Classification Systems of psychopathology (classification 0-3, DSM System, Classification ICD-10): fundaments, definitions and diagnostic criteria;
-the diagnostic process with child and family
SECOND AREA: Clinical pathologies in the life cycle
- Somatic Development (Disorders of sleep, cry and nutrition)
- Relational Development (Disorders of emotional regulation and attachment, Autistic Spectrum Disorders)
- Affective Development (Anxiety and affective disorders, Mood disorders)
- Behavioural Development (Behavioural and attention disorders, Stress and Trauma related disorders)
THIRD AREA: Treatment
- Models and Perspectives for taking on the responsibility of child and adolescent
- The clinical work with family;
- Net-work with schools and child and adolescent’s life contexts.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be organized due to the following teaching methodologies:
- frontal lessons with the teacher;
-presentation of exemplificative clinical cases using video material and/or interviews that students will be allowed to view;
-oral discussion with students about themes debated during the course;
- students’ presentations on themes debated during the course and/or in-depth analyses related to them, with a following discussion with the teacher and the other students;
-researches and external clinician’s interventions on specific themes of the course and open discussion with the teacher and the other students.
it will be enhanced and advocated critical discussion and the possibility for students to express their own doubts, difficulties and/or requesting more deeply explanations, in order to produce the best possible learning, as well as an approach the most possible “professionalizing” on the themes considered.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Books suggested by the teacher must be completely studied.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Tambelli R. (a cura di), Manuale di psicopatologia dello sviluppo. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2017. da studiare integralmente Cerca nel catalogo
  • AA.VV., CD 0-5 Classificazione diagnostica della salute mentale e dei disturbi. Roma: Fioriti editore, 2018. Da studiare integralmente Cerca nel catalogo
  • AA.VV., Manuale diagnostico e statistico dei disturbi mentali. DSM V. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2015. pag. 1-100 Testo consultabile presso la Biblioteca "Metelli" del Polo di Psicologia Cerca nel catalogo