93514 - Wellbeing Interventions in Clinical Psychology

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Danilo Carrozzino (Modulo 1) Rabih Chattat (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Cesena
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Psychology of Wellbeing and Social Inclusivity (cod. 5700)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students: know evidence-based interventions aimed at improving well-being, their mechanisms of action, potential beneficial and adverse effects; -are able to evaluate the efficacy of well-being interventions and plan research and intervention projects to reduce risk in populations with unhealthy lifestyle and promote adaptation and self-management in patients with chronic and progressive diseases.

Course contents

Module 1 (Professor Carrozzino):

1) Conceptual and methodological principles of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT).

2) Conceptual and methodological principles of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT).

3) The therapeutic relationship.

4) Structuring CBT.

5) Recognizing and modifying automatic thoughts.

6) Identifying and modifying schemas.

7) Schema Therapy: an introduction.

8) Well-Being Therapy (WBT): the conceptual background.

9) The methodological framework of WBT.

10) The main clinical applications of WBT.

11) The clinician and the soul: an introduction to Logotherapy.

12) An introduction to the Adlerian Psychotherapy.

The course will take place during the first semester (Academic Year 2023-2024) at the Department of Psychology “Renzo Canestrari”, University of Bologna, Viale Berti Pichat 5, 40127, Bologna, Italy.

Module 2 (Professor Chattat):

The main content of the module will be about living well with chronic disease, focusing on elderly populations.

The topics which will be addressed are about:

  1. The demographic change and the challenge of chronic disease.
  2. Health dimensions and chronic disease.
  3. The neurocognitive disorders.
  4. Frailty and dependency in olders.
  5. The psychosocial model in geriatrics: promoting living well.
  6. Assessment of psychosocial needs of olders.
  7. Assessment of psychosocial needs of caregivers.
  8. Planning psychosocial interventions.
  9. Type and methods of psychosocial interventions.
  10. Palliative and end of life care.


Module 1 (Professor Carrozzino):

The following readings are mandatory:

1) Fava, G. A. (2016). Well-being therapy. Treatment Manual and Clinical Applications. Basel: Karger, limited to the following chapters: Part I (The Development), chapters 1 (The Background), 2 (The Philosophy Student and the Pursuit of a Well-Being-Enhancing Strategy), 3 (The Process of Validation of Well-Being Therapy), 4 (Initial Evaluation). Part II (The Eight-Session Program of Well-Being Therapy), chapters 5 (Session 1), 6 (Session 2), 7 (Session 3), 8 (Session 4), 9 (Session 5), 10 (Session 6), 11 (Session 7), and 12 (Session 8).

2) Wright, J. H., Brown, G. K., Thase, M. E., & Basco, M. R. (2017). Learning cognitive-behavior therapy: An illustrated guide. Arligton: American Psychiatric Association Publishing, limited to the following chapters: 1 (Basic Principles of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy), 2 (The Therapeutic Relationship), 4 (Structuring and Educating), 5 (Working With Automatic Thoughts), and 8 (Modifying Schemas).

The two treatment manuals will be discussed and reviewed during classes to facilitate the co-construction of knowledge and to enhance critical thinking and the process of clinical reasoning. Additional bibliographic references will be suggested during the course.


Module 2 (Professor Chattat):

Manthorpe J., Moniz-Cook E. (2020) Timely psychosocial intervention in dementia care.

During the course selected and updated readings will be shared.

Teaching methods

Module 1 (Professor Carrozzino):

Academic lectures will be combined with practical exercises and discussion sessions. Cooperative teaching methods will be used and include “learning by doing” (i.e., assignments, group presentations, role-playing activities, and video illustrations of patient-clinician interactions). Class attendance and active participation are required since they are essential elements to achieve expected learning outcomes.


Module 2 (Professor Chattat):

The objective of the course is to allow students to evaluate and plan psychosocial interventions for older people with chronic disease. The way to achieve this outcomes is to present knowledge about assessment and intervention and to use clinical case as well as movies in order to train students in achieving this objective. Small group work will also be planned.

Assessment methods

Module 1 (Professor Carrozzino):

A final exam, which consists of an interview, will be scheduled at the end of the course. Students will complete an oral examination where they will answer questions about well-being interventions in clinical psychology. The acquired knowledge will be evaluated based on the extent to which answers are adequate and comprehensive. Clinical skills, particularly critical thinking and clinical reasoning, will also be evaluated. The highest score (i.e., 30 cum laude) will be assigned to students demonstrating an extensive knowledge and understanding of the subject and providing answers based on their clinical reasoning. The use of books, notes and slides is not allowed during the exam. Further details will be provided during classes.

Please note that the final grade will be the arithmetic average of the marks obtained in the two modules of well-being interventions in clinical psychology (i.e., module 1 by Professor Carrozzino and module 2 by Professor Chattat).

Module 2 (Professor Chattat):

For this module a quiz approach (questions with multiple responses) regarding the different topics addressed during the course will be used. In this way it will be possible to evaluate the overall knowledge of the students.

Teaching tools

Module 1 (Professor Carrozzino):

PowerPoint presentations, scientific articles, video illustrations, worksheets and checklists will be used.

For more details about this module, please send an email to Professor Carrozzino (danilo.carrozzino@unibo.it).

Module 2 (Professor Chattat):

Slides, videos and case presentation will be available.

Office hours

See the website of Danilo Carrozzino

See the website of Rabih Chattat


Good health and well-being Quality education

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