74404 - Research Syllabus in Clinical Psycology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Rimini
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Nursing (cod. 8475)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, the student possesses the knowledge of the psycho-cognitive and emotional processes that relate to the interaction with the assisted person, with the acquisition of skills to manage, emotionally, emotional stress situations.

Course contents

Definition of Clinical Psychology and its scopes of application.
The psychodynamic approach to psychopathology and the its models of the mind.
The contribution of psychodynamics to the understanding of the relationship between the clinician and patients.
1) Psychoanalysis and the problem of hysteria, the psychosessual phases, the Oedipus complex.
2) The ego psychology, psychological defenses and adaptation.
3) Object relations theory, schizo-paranoid and depressive concepts, hate and envy pre-Oedipal.
4) Psychology of the Self and the problem of narcissism, object-self and psychopathology of the deficit.
The theory of attachment: the strange situation and the attachment styles. Mentalization.
The problem of diagnosis in clinical psychology: the DSM V and the Kernberg model.
Psychotherapy elements: transfer and countertransference, resistances and defenses.


You do not need to buy specific texts. During lessons it will be provided: educational material also available through username and password at AMS Campus - AlmaDL - University of Bologna, references to suggested texts.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of 8 frontal lessons of 3 hours each for a total of 24 hours. The contents of the program will be presented with examples of clinical cases.

Assessment methods

The verification is aimed at evaluating the learning of the main models of the mind to understand, manage and improve the relationship between health care provider and client. The verification, by written exam, consists of 31 multiple choice questions (for each question, four answers to choose from). The verification will last 45 minutes. There is also an ongoing test which consists of 31 questions with a true / false answer lasting 30 minutes. The correct answer to 31 questions corresponds to the grade of 30 and praise.

Teaching tools

Slides, movies, interactions with students will be used.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Agostini


Good health and well-being Quality education

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