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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP5070136, A.A. 2019/20

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 12.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE

Teacher in charge GIULIA BUODO M-PSI/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 12.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 12.0 84 216.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 BUODO GIULIA (Presidente)
GENTILI CLAUDIO (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 and abilities related to:

The main theoretical perspectives in Clinical Psychology
- knowing how to define the field of Clinical Psychology, and being able to indentify the differences from neighboring disciplines
- critically evaluating how the concept of mental disorder changed over the course of time
- knowing the main theoretical perspectives in Clinical Psychology, and being able to identify the fundamental features that differentiate perspectives from one another

Multidimensional assessment
- knowing the main instruments and procedures used in clinical assessment, and the reasons for their use
- understanding the reasons for, and the importance of, integrating different dimensions/indices during assessment

Research methods in clinical psychology
- knowing the main research methods used in Clinical Psychology, and their contexts of use
- being able to interpret the results of correlational and experimental research, and of single-subject designs
- knowing the basic characteristics and the usefulness of meta-analytic procedures in Clinical Psychology

- being able to identify the clinical features of some main mental disorders
- knowing and critically evaluating the etiopathogentic models of the mental disorders described during the course
Examination methods: The exam consists in a written test with 31 questions, including multiple-choice, true/false, and completion questions in similar proportions.
Time allotted for the exam is 45 minutes.
The final grade is the result of summing up the points from each question.
Assessment criteria: Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to:

- use of correct terminology
- knowledge and understanding of key concepts and methods related to course topics
Course unit contents: - Clinical Psychology: definition, research and application areas, differences from other disciplines; the concept of mental disorder and how it has changed over time
- Theoretical perspectives and models in Clinical Psychology: biological, psychodynamic, behavioral, and cognitive perspectives; the diathesis-stress model
- Multidimensional assessment in Clinical Psychology: instruments and procedures (clinical interview, questionnaires, structured interviews, observation, self-monitoring, psychophysiological recordings) and their integration
- Research methods in Clinical Psychology: correlational and experimental research, case studies, single-subject experimental designs, and their contexts of use; basic features of meta-analytic procedures and their usefulness
- Psychopathology: clinical and epidemiological features of some major psychopathological disorders (anxiety, stress-related, depressive and bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, dissociative, and somatic symptoms disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders), and the main etiopathogenetic models.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course topics will be addressed through frontal lessons using power-point files (that will be made available on the Moodle platform), and with video clips for specific topics.
Structured discussions and peer-feedback sessions will be planned.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Hooley, J.M., Butcher, J.N., Nock, M.K., Mineka, S., Abnormal Psychology (Global Edition/17th ed.).. --: Pearson Higher Education, USA, 2016. Chapters 1-16. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Use of online videos

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

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