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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032241, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1088, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLINICAL PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
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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 MARIA ARMEZZANI M-PSI/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/07 Dynamic Psychology 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 ARMEZZANI MARIA (Presidente)
BERTI ANNA EMILIA (Membro Effettivo)
PADUANELLO MATTEO (Membro Effettivo)
5 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 ARMEZZANI MARIA (Presidente)
BERTI ANNA EMILIA (Membro Effettivo)
PADUANELLO MATTEO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology and Psychometrics foundations
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide the theoretical and methodological knowledge needed for the use of some diagnostic tools applied in the clinical practice. For this purpose the tools will be presented highlighting the necessary links with epistemological and theoretical frameworks, tools ideation and construction, interpretation criteria and the relationship that arises between examiner and examined. As concerns the psychodynamic theories, projective techniques will be considered, with particular attention to the Rorschach method; as concerns constructivist theories, Kellian repertoire grid and self-characterization will be examined. The description of tools and related reading systems will also enhance the broader diagnostic process in which they take place during clinical work.
In line with these educational objectives, in order to pass of test of profit, students will have to demonstrate not only the ability to correctly use the tools analysed, but also knowledge and competences that allow them to orient themselves in choosing the tools and in the critical analysis of results obtained.
Examination methods: Written examination.
The exam consists of:
1. An open question in which students are expected to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to re-work on theoretical contents of the course in a personal way.
2. A question about methods and techniques that were not chosen for answering to point 3.
3. Presentation of a protocol to be used for developing a diagnostic profile. In this second part, student are allowed to choose and sign a Rorschach protocol or to analyze Kellian grids and self-characterization.
Assessment criteria: The examination is aimed at verifying:
- theoretical and methodological knowledge
- skills in scoring and interpreting diagnostic tools
- critical and reflexive skills
- ability to personally rework knowledge
- relevance of the answers to the proposed questions
- ability to document and argue their statements
- expressive clarity and the ability to synthesize
Course unit contents: Diagnosis in clinical psychology
- Approaches to clinical diagnosis: between objectivity and interpretation
- Levels od diagnosis: noso-graphic, psychopathological and psychodynamic diagnosis
- Role of tools in the diagnostic process
- Psychodynamic dimension of the diagnosis
- Psychodynamic theories and projective methods
- Rorschach test: historical origins, methods of administration, systems for labelling responses.
- The European labelling system. Classification of responses, tabulation of data, criteria for psycho-diagnostic interpretation.
- Constructivist theory and hermeneutical techniques. The "transitive diagnosis".
- Application and criteria for using of constructivist techniques in the investigation of personal meanings.
- Self-characterization and Kellian repertoire grids. Computerized analysis of protocols and reading techniques.
- Comparisons and possible criteria for the selection of diagnostic tools
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lessons include both theoretical and applied moments. Criteria for administration and interpretation of techniques presented will be exemplified through description of clinical cases and verified through practical exercises, simulations and practical guided experiences.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Power point presentations during lectures and other educational material (protocols, labelling schemes, sheets for data tabulation, website links for the use of software relevant to the techniques covered) will be available to students on Moodle platform
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stanghellini G., Rossi Monti M., Psicologia del patologico. Milano: Cortina, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Passi Tognazzo D., Il metodo Rorschach. Manuale di psicodiagnostica su modelli di matrice europea. Firenze: Giunti, 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Armezzani M, Grimaldi F., Pezzullo L., Tecniche costruttiviste per la diagnosi psicologica. Milano: Mcgraw-hill, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Peer feedback
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Students peer review

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

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