70249 - Clinical Psychology of Rehabilitation.

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Clinical psychology (cod. 0990)

Learning outcomes

Clinical rehabilitation psychology addresses the psychological and social consequences of physical and mental disabilities and chronic illnesses. The educational goal is to integrate the assessment and intervention skills traditionally associated with clinical and chronic illnesses and understand social stereotypes.

Course contents

The course will take place during the second semester (from March to May 2020) at Cesena Campus of the School of Psychology and Education (address: p.zza A. Moro, 90).

  1. Definition, nature, types and features of various disabilities.
  2. Social stereotypes about people with disabilities.
  3. Rehabiltation definition and models.
  4. Social integration of people with disabilities.
  5. Psychosocial aspects of adjustment to acquired disability and chronic illnesses, in particular on potential gender specific differences.
  6. Family and disability.
  7. Understanding psychological needs of people with a disabilities and chronic illnesses, caregivers and professional working with their families.
  8. Psychological interventions in palliative care.
  9. Psychological approach to rehabilitation: assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
  10. Assessment of adaptive behaviour and behaviours modification in disability rehabilitation.
  11. Research methodology in disability rehabilitation.


Recommended reading

- Salvatore Soresi (2016). Psicologia delle disabilità e dell'inclusione, Bologna, Il Mulino (available in psychology library in Cesena).

Additional readings

Lori A. Goldfarb et al. (2003). La sfida dell'handicap e della malattia cronica. Guida al problem-solving familiare. Trento, Erickson.

Byron J. Good (2006). Narrare la malattia. Lo sguardo antropologico sul rapporto medico paziente. Torino, Einaudi. 

Teaching methods

Lectures with with Power Point Presentation. Clinical cases exemplificationsand role-playning.

Assessment methods

The exam is done through a final exam that ensures the acquisition of knowledge and skills expected by conducting a written test which provides 4 open-ended questions on topics related to the main objectives of the course. The final mark will be computed as the sum of the points obtained at the 4 questions (max 7.5 points each).

The student is required to complete the online registration (Almaesami) within the terms in order to be admitted to the exam. In the case of technical problems the student is required to promptly contact the Segreteria Studenti and to send an email to professor Tossani (within the term), who will consider the request and decide about the admission.

Erasmus or exchange students must contact the professor before the beginning of the course.

Teaching tools

Frontal lessons (PowerPoint presentation), group discussions, role playing of clinical interviews.

Insegnamenti online - Supporto online alla didattica is the platform for teaching material (https://iol.unibo.it)

Office hours

See the website of Eliana Tossani


Good health and well-being

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.