The Psychological Support Service (SAP)

Free Psychological Support Service to all students of the University of Bologna and to young people aged between 20 and 28 years, who refer to the Health Sistem (AUSL) in Bologna.

Manager

Prof. Fiorella Monti

Description

The Psychological Support Service (SAP) is one of the most consolidated clinical initiatives of the Department of Psychology and has been operating since 1985. In the past, the SAP had an agreement with the local Municipal Company for the Right to Education ("Azienda Comunale per il Diritto allo Studio") and the Municipality of Bologna. The SAP currently receives a contribution from the University of Bologna and has an agreement with the Local Health Authority (AUSL) of Bologna. Staff members are operators from the Department of Psychology.

The Service is free for all students of the University of Bologna, regardless of their age, and for young people aged between 20 and 28 years, who refer to the Health Sistem (AUSL) in Bologna. University students/young people who suffer from emotional and relational problems, affective and behavioural disorders, troubles in their academic or working life, can apply to the SAP.

University students attending a course of study in Bologna should apply to the Secretariat of Clinical Services (see box Highlights on the right ).

University students attending a course of study in Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini should apply to the respective secretariat (see box Highlights on the right ).

In order to access to the Psychological Support Service, it is necessary that young people come to the Secretariat of Clinical Services (see box Highlights on the right ) with the universitary badge or the health card (in case of young adults 20-28 years old, not students but referring to the Health Sistem - AUSL in Bologna). They will fill in a questionnaire and a Schedule for Privacy about use and possess of Personal details. They will be included in a waiting list and will receive a phone call as soon as possible. Later, they will meet a member of the staff for a session of counselling. The aim of these interviews is to better understand the reasons of the manifested psychological distress. If someone does not show at the counselling, session will end. If required, a weekly short-term psychotherapy can be proposed (it could involve individual or group therapy). Due to resource problems, it is not possible to undergo a second psychotherapy in case of interruption.

The SAP will not take charge of the following cases:

  • cases of drug or other substances addiction
  • cases requiring specific psychiatric assistance (use of psychotropic drugs with or without psychotherapy, possible need for hospitalisation).
  • cases requiring a tailored setting and programme (eating disorders with the need for hospitalisation, long or very long treatment, many sessions per week, family service, etc.).

Due to the existence of a waiting list at the SAP, in case of emergency or urgency, students/young people can apply to the Mental Health Center (Centro di Salute Mentale, C.S.M.) of AUSL to which they belong.