Clinical psychology (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Cinzia Perlini
Cinzia Perlini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. 1A dal Sep 21, 2020 al Oct 31, 2020.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
- Knowledge and understanding of the determinants of bio-psycho-social well being (with particular regard to the main social problems often faced by social workers)
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
- Ability to place users problems in the wider social dynamics
- Ability to recognize the main causes of people needs and distinguish among their social, familial and personal roots

At the end of the course, students will have acquired: knowledge of the main theoretical approach in clinic psychology; knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of psychopathology and of those elements characterizing the main psychological diseases; skills regarding relational and communicative tools of the helping relationship; skills concerning the use of clinic psychology language.


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 and open 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.