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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP6074671, A.A. 2018/19

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. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
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 CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Teacher in charge MARINA MISCIOSCIA M-PSI/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 3.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 3.0 21 54.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
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 MISCIOSCIA MARINA (Presidente)
3 2018 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MISCIOSCIA MARINA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: The necessary knowledges for learning and the acquisition of course contents are: the constructions related to the Development Psychology and Clinical psychodynamic models for children and adolescents. Reference will be made also to the neuro-biological bases of child development and to biological and psychodynamic basis of parenting.
Target skills and knowledge: The laboratory has as objective to furnish deepened and specialistic knowledges as well as the acquisition of ability of analysis and interpretation regarding the family interactive dynamics. The student will be able to differentiate the characteristics of parenting from the characteristics of couple's relationship and also among the dyadic (parent-child) to those triadic dynamics (parent-parent-child).
During the laboratory the student will acquire the competences to observe family interactions in different moments of the life cycle: transition to parenthood, to family dynamics with children in the first months of life, in preschool age, to pre-adolescence and adolescence.
The student will acquire practical ability concerning the evaluation of the family interactions both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes (videofeedback intervention).
Examination methods: The exam will take place during the last lesson of the course or on a date established ad hoc by the teacher. It will focus on the contents discussed during the course, with particular reference to the application and operational components learned. The modalities of the examination will therefore be in line with the experiential techniques already used during the lessons, and aim at verifying the extent to which students have acquired the pragmatic components of the instruments, techniques and / or models presented during classroom activities.

The exam will consist of a brief oral presentation (in small groups) regarding the analysis of family interactions of a LTP triadic play.
Assessment criteria: Since the laboratory consists of a professionalizing and experiential teaching formula, the evaluation criteria of students learning will focus specifically on these aspects. Particular emphasis will be placed on the empirical, clinical and operational implications of the tools, as well as on the methods and techniques presented during the laboratory. Further elements contributing to the definition of the final evaluation will be students active participation during the lessons, the activities carried out autonomously for the application of the contents presented, and the participatory and shared presence in the working groups.
The evaluation of student’s performance will be made according to the following criteria:

- ability to answer to all questions;
- adequacy and adherence of the answers to the questions;
- completeness and exhaustiveness of the given answers;
- appropriateness of the language.
Course unit contents: The course of METHODS OF FAMILY INTERACTION ASSESSMENT is part of the set of laboratories offered within the Second Cycle Degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology. The laboratory activity will be provided in small groups (maximum 20 students) in the presence of the professor. Experiential and professionalizing learning techniques will be used.
In the first part of the laboratory the contents will refer to the theoretical-methodological perspective of the observation of family dynamics, introducing themes like intersubjectivity, implicit communication, systemic bases.
The laboratory will be structured on the acquisition of the competences related to the observation and evaluation of the interactive dynamics in various family contexts and in different ages of child (from the pregnancy up to the adolescent age ) through exercises in small groups.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classroom activities require the regular attendance of students, who will be divided into small groups to facilitate their learning process in terms of the professional and experiential basis of the contents that define the laboratory activities themselves. In this perspective, students participation in at least 70% of the lessons is recommended to allow for an in-depth understanding of the learning contents. Group work in the classroom is an integral part of the teaching method of the laboratory and is one of the learning activities, in addition to the assessment of students’individual contribution. Students who, for exceptional reasons, are unable to attend are advised to contact the professor in a timely manner to arrange for alternative activities.
The learning will be favorite from numerous practical exercises and from the observation of clinical and research single case. The student will participate in pratical simulations in the classroom, and/or he will actively participate in protocols of research meeting families participants to University research project.
The laboratory will develop according to the following methodologies of teaching:
- teacher frontal lessons;
- presentation of clinical cases exemplified through video;
- discussion in the classroom
- presentation in the classroom from the students and discussion with the teacher
It will be favorite and solicited the critical discussion in classroom and the possibility from the students to express doubts and difficulty in order to produce a good learning.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides and scientific articles (In English and Italian) will be uploaded on Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students

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

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