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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSP4065297, 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 PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERACTION
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
E-Learning website
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 ELENA FACCIO M-PSI/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/08 Clinical Psychology 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First 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 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
7 2019/20 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 FACCIO ELENA (Presidente)
IUDICI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 FACCIO ELENA (Presidente)
IUDICI ANTONIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Course attendance requires basic knowledge of personality psychology and of the major theoretical models in clinical psychology.
Target skills and knowledge: a) Understanding or explaining the psychological phenomena? Students will be guided in the knowledge of the various approaches to the study of psychological phenomena in the clinical context
b) Problematizing the constructs of normality and deviance and paying attention to the role of psychosocial processes in the generation and narration of "clinical realities"
c) Developing critical skills about the diagnostic process and the language that characterizes it
d) Developing skills in the analysis of semiotic, clinical and therapeutic aspects
e) To know the epistemological reference of some of the main intervention models in clinical psychology and psychotherapy. In particular, after the presentation of the perspectives of Symbolic Interactionism and Social Constructionism, students will meet professional psychologists working in public and private contexts on the territory.
Examination methods: The exam is written (about 8 open questions of a conceptual nature, lasting two hours and a half) and there is no possibility to implement the mark. It is possible to differentiate the examination protocol between students attending and not attending the course, during the first exam session after the lecture period. The exam can also be taken in English (part of the bibliography can be found in English).
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the answers to the open questions will be based on three criteria:
1) Preparation, completeness of the response and punctuality of the reference to the study materials
2) Competence, clarity and relevance of the answer
3) Ability of personal re-elaboration by combining the various knowledge acquired during the course.
Course unit contents: 1) Theoretical models and epistemology of the various approaches to the intervention in clinical psychology
2) The positivist, hermeneutic, phenomenological, constructivist, constructionist and interactionist paradigm: specificities and limits
2) The social construction of diversity and deviance, of normality and of pathology
3) The linguistic traps: reification, paradoxes and rhetorical effects of the diagnostic language.
Some subjects about the clinical judgment and the normality-deviance relationship will be held by proff. Antonio Iudici and Alessandro Salvini.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes an alternation between theoretical and operational parts.
Clinical situations and testimonies from experts in the field will be proposed.
Students will be invited to take part to the lessons in an active and critical way, also through presentations and thematic analyses .
Frequency is desired.

In addition to the lessons, which will be set up interactively and which will be integrated by the use of audio and video materials, during the course they will be proposed specific activities, as an examples: laboratories of body movement, group experiences and movies commentaries.
Additional notes about suggested reading: One of the following books:
Salvini, A.,(2011) Il nostro inquilino segreto. Ponte alle grazie.
DeLeo, G. Patrizi, P., (2002) Psicologia della Devianza, Carocci, Roma
Szasz, T., (1974) Il mito della malattia mentale. Il Saggiatore.
Szasz, T., (2009) La mia follia mi ha salvato di Wirginia Wolf, Spirali.
Goffman, E., (1968) Asylum. Einaudi.
Goffman, E., (1970) Stigma. Laterza
Frances A., (2014), Primo, non curare chi è normale, Bollati Boringhieri
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Berger, P. & Luckman, T., La realtà come costruzione sociale,. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1997. Escluse la prefazione e l'introduzione Cerca nel catalogo
  • Salvini A., & Dondoni M. (a cura di), Psicologia clinica dell’interazione e psicoterapia. Firenze: Giunti, Firenze, 2011. Introduzione, Cap. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 11. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Salvini A In: Barale F., Bertani M., Gallese V., Mistura S., ZamperinI A. (a cura di ), Nota Normalità/Anormalità.. --: Einaudi, Torino, 2006. DISPONIBILE ONLINE (8 pagg)
  • Molinari, E & Labella, A., Psicologia clinica - Dialoghi e confronti, ESCLUSIVAMENTE Cap. Turchi & Maiuro (pp.41-50) Faccio & Salvini (pp.123-140). Milano: Springer,, 2007. DISPONIBILI ONLINE Cerca nel catalogo
  • Iudici A. & de Aloe S.,, DSM: manuale dei disturbi mentali o riedizione della malattia mentale, in Mente e Psicoterapia.. Torino: UTET, 2007. (pp. 117-149) DISPONIBILE ONLINE Cerca nel catalogo
  • Castiglioni M., & Faccio E.,, Costruttivismi in Psicologia Clinica. Torino: Utet, 2010. ESCLUSIVAMENTE i capp. 1 e 2 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Story telling
  • Use of online videos
  • Reflective writing
  • Portfolio

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

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