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School of Psychology
Course unit
PSN1032297, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1091, 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
Course unit English denomination PSYCHIATRY
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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 TENCONI M-PSI/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines MED/25 Psychiatry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 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
8 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 TENCONI ELENA (Presidente)
PAVAN CHIARA (Membro Effettivo)
SOLMI MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of general, developmental, social and clinical psychology, biology and elements of the central nervous system.
Target skills and knowledge: KNOWLEDGE
1. Acquisition of necessary knowledge pertaining to the taxonomy of ,main psychiatric syndromes, based on the international classification of the Statistical and Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5);
2. Acquisition of knowledge of the main features of clinical and personality disorders;
3. Acquisition of basic knowledge of the organization of Mental Health Services with specific reference to local psychiatric assistance (Psychiatric Units and Therapeutic Communities) and psychiatric hospitalization (Diagnosis and Treatment Psychiatric Units);
4. Acquisition of knowledge of the complex multifactorial etiopathogenetic model for psychiatric disorders;
5. Acquisition of basic knowledge of the main neuropsychological correlates/alterations of psychiatric disorders;
6. Acquisition of basic knowledge of treatment approaches, with specific reference to drugs, psychosocial, psychotherapeutic and cognitive remediation techniques.

1. Acquisition of the ability to develop diagnostic reasoning, with particular regard to the differential diagnosis of the main psychiatric syndromes;
2. Acquisition of the ability to plan a therapeutic intervention program consistent not only with the disorder/s exhibited by the patient, but also with psychopathological features and with the main prognostic factors;
3. Acquisition of the ability to assess the need to refer to other professionals in a context of integrated and multidisciplinary intervention with regard to psychiatric disorders.
Examination methods: Assessment of the knowledge and abilities expected shall be performed by means of a test composed of two parts, one written and one oral.
The written part consists of 15 multiple choice questions (5 possible answers), with only one correct answer.
The oral part shall take place the same day, usually in the afternoon, and can be taken only by those who have passed the written part.
While the written part of the exam is focused on the accurate and precise acquisition of diagnostic criteria, clinical and epidemiological characteristics, prognostic factors and main types of intervention pertaining to psychiatric syndromes, the oral part gives the student the opportunity to show clinical reasoning and those notions useful both to operate differential diagnosis and assess comorbidities.
The final grade shall be expressed as an average of those obtained in the two parts.
International students may take the test in English.
Assessment criteria: The criteria used to assess the knowledge and abilities acquired are:
1. Completeness of the notions acquired;
2. The ability to analytically describe the main features of psychiatric syndromes;
3. Appropriateness of the technical terminology used;
4. The ability to present the main psychiatric syndromes consistently;
5. The ability to detect overlaps and specificities of the different diagnoses;
6. The ability to manage technical material available in psychiatry.
Course unit contents: 1. Psychiatric nosography and diagnostic methods in psychiatry.
2. Basics of psychopathology : psychiatric examination.
3. Psychiatric diagnosis: clinical interviews, psychiatric interview, questionnaires, intelligence and psychopathological tests.
For each psychiatric disorder, in addition to the diagnostic criteria based on the DSM-5, etiology, epidemiology, clinical course, illness outcome and differential diagnoses will be addressed.
4. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders.
5. Mood disorders (bipolar and depressive).
7. Anxiety disorders.
8. Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.
9. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders.
10. Dissociative disorders
11. Somatic symptom disorder and related disorders.
12. Feeding and eating disorders.
13. Personality disorders.
14. Cognitive alterations characterizing the main psychiatric syndromes.
15. The organization of psychiatric assistance and compulsory psychiatric treatment in Italy.
16. Biological, cognitive and psychological treatments.
17. Principles of psychotherapy and combined psychiatric treatments.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures, case-report discussion and analysis of scientific papers in the form of workshops.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to the reference textbook and papers, lecture slides (available in the Moodle course website) are mandatory study materials. Other optional materials (international scientific papers) may be suggested during lessons. The manual "DSM-5 Manuale Diagnostico e Statistico dei Disturbi Mentali. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2014" can be employed as consultation material.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Famulari R e Quattropanni MC, Metacognizione, neuropsicologia e riabilitazione psichiatrica. Un metodo per il trattamento di gruppo nella schizofrenia. Torino: Accademia University Press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Owen M, Sawa A, Mortensen P, Schizophrenia. --: The Lancet, 388:86-97, 2016.
  • Michelle G Craske, Murray B Stein, Anxiety. --: The Lancet,; 388: 3048–59, 2016.
  • Grande I, Berk M, Birmaher B, Vieta E, Bipolar Disorder. --: The Lancet, 387:1561-1572, 2016.
  • Zipfel S, Giel KE, Bulik CM, Hay PH, Smith U, Anorexia nervosa: aetiology, assessment, and treatment. --: Lancet Psychiatry, 2(12):1099, 2015.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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