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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032531, 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 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 ARIANNA PALMIERI 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 1st 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.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 PALMIERI ARIANNA (Presidente)
BENELLI ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
CALVO VINCENZO (Membro Effettivo)
SAMBIN MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
9 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 PALMIERI ARIANNA (Presidente)
BENELLI ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
CALVO VINCENZO (Membro Effettivo)
SAMBIN MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of clinical psychology
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide the fundamental theoretical and methodological skills for the evaluation of the psychotherapeutic intervention, necessary for a scientific approach to research and to the clinic. The necessary skills will be provided:
1. Research and understanding of specialized literature
2. Skills for a critical analysis of the main theoretical models of psychotherapy, aimed at developing a perspective of integration.
3. Skills to the selection, use and interpretation of the main evaluation tools of the process and of the outcome in psychotherapy
Examination methods: The exam will take place in written form.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the acquisition of the theoretical, practical and terminological skills covered by the course, and on their capacity for critical analysis.
Course unit contents: The lessons contents cover the theoretical and methodological aspects of the evaluation of the fundamental aspects in psychotherapy. In particular, the following will be considered:
1. Evaluation of intrapersonal processes (eg, empathy, work alliance, ruptures and reparations), and interpersonal (ex .: personality, attachment, defense mechanisms) in clinical-dynamic psychology
2. The methodological problems in research in psychotherapy with reference to the models of cognitive and systemic dynamic psychology
3. The contribution of neuroscience in psychotherapy
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lessons and collegiate discussions
Presentations in the classroom of scientific articles by the students
Practical simulations
Additional notes about suggested reading: During the frontal lessons the following articles will be considered for discussions and comparisons between small groups:

- Beebe, B., Jaffe, J., Lachmann, F., Feldstein, S., Crown, C., & Jasnow, M. (2000). Systems models in development and psychoanalysis: The case of vocal rhythm coordination and attachment. Infant Mental Health Journal: Official Publication of The World Association for Infant Mental Health, 21(1‐2), 99-122.
- Gazzillo, F., Schimmenti, A., Formica, I., Simonelli, A., & Salvatore, S. (2017). Effectiveness is the gold standard of clinical research. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 20(2).
- Gennaro, A. (2011). The building of models as pathway to understand the therapeutic process. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 45(3), 355.
-Leichsenring, F., & Leibing, E. (2005). The effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of personality disorders: a meta-analysis. Focus, 160(3), 1223-428.
Fonagy, P. (2004). Psychotherapy meets neuroscience: A more focused future for psychotherapy research. Psychiatric bulletin, 28(10), 357-359.
- Palmieri, A., Kleinbub, J. R., Calvo, V., Benelli, E., Messina, I., Sambin, M., & Voci, A. (2018). Attachment-security prime effect on skin-conductance synchronization in psychotherapists: An empirical study. Journal of counseling psychology.
- Salvatore, S., & Valsiner, J. (2010). Between the general and the unique: Overcoming the nomothetic versus idiographic opposition. Theory & Psychology, 20(6), 817-833.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Gelo, Pritz, Rieken, Psychotherapy Research. Vienna: Springer, 2015. cap.: 9,11,15,16,(30:solo lettura).NB: testo disponibile gratuitamente tramite rete di Ateneo al link Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gabbard, Introduzione alla psicoterapia psicodinamica. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Learning journal

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

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