Clinical Psychology (2007/2008)

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Cristina Curtolo
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Sem. II B dal Apr 21, 2008 al May 31, 2008.

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course is focused to the concept of distressful relationships with regard to adult behaviour as we can observe at work.
Clinically these diseases can be either apart or connected to the pathological side of the personality. Therefore, we will study the biopsychosocial factors as a variable for the development of a nucleus of vulnerability as well as of resilience.
References will include the intersubjiective psychoanalitical theory in connection to the cognitive science and neuroscience.
Particolarly, we will give attention to the costellation of a traumatic experience related to the brain coping system based on the attachment style in life span.
Metodologically we will aim to sustain in students a professional psychological attitude in order to reconnaize anxieties, ambivalence and conflicts at work with a view to thinking about. This model leads students to achieve ability to use the observation for critical thinking through proper questions as a way to explore the reality deeply.


One of the useful application of clinical knowledge to the organization of work concerns the role of emotions in making decisions in respect of defensive mechanisms triggered by anxieties in facing possible changes. From this perspective we will show the holding function of the consulent as part of change process either of the individual progress and interrelated with personal and organization style and dynamics.
Students will be required to joint a work discussion as an introduction to a reflective function for the assessment of a way of intervention.

Required reading

Amadei, G., Come si ammala la mente, Il Mulino, Bologna 2005.

Curtolo, C., Psicologia clinica per esperti nei processi formativi. Il modello della pensabilità, Libreria Editrice Universitaria, Verona 2006.
Perini, M., L’organizzazione nascosta. Dinamiche inconsce e zone d’ombra nelle moderne organizzazioni, Franco Angeli, Milano 2007

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral.