Clinical Psychology (2019/2020)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Cinzia Perlini
Cinzia Perlini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 23, 2019 al Oct 31, 2019.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course aims to face the theoretical and methodological peculiarities which characterize psychology as a clinical discipline. Elements of psychopathology and clinical diagnosis will be provided, deepening verbal and nonverbal aspects of clinical and educational interaction. At the end of the course the student will have acquired: basic knowledge of clinical psychology tools; knowledge and understanding of different theoretical approaches in clinical psychology; knowledge and understanding of key concepts of psychopathology and basic elements of psychopathology in the life cycle; wider competencies on communication and relationship tools to improve communication skills with clients; ability to understand and use the technical language of clinical psychology.


Evolution and definition of clinical psychology
Methodological challenges in clinical psychology and the analysis of the application
Instruments of clinical psychology
Verbal and non-verbal communication, instruments for effective communication, emotion and difficult interactions
Elements of psycho-diagnosis in developmental age
Elements of psycho-diagnosis in adult age
Description of the psychological and psychotherapeutic approaches in clinical psychology:
Cognitive therapy
Humanistic approach
Systemic approach

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Sanavio Ezio; Cornoldi Cesare Psicologia clinica, 3 ed. (Edizione 3) Il Mulino, Bologna 2017

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination lasting 1 hour (multiple choice questions).

The exam will test the whole course programme, including the reference book and the slides.
The exam will be the same for attending and non-attending students.
ERASMUS students are kindly asked to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course in order to agree the assessment test.