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Academic Year 2018/2019

Course contents

The student, at the end of the course must have a knowledge of the main strategies of intervention in various forms of addiction, particularly psychoactive substances addiction, with a view to promoting health and preventing "consumopatia" today targeted at pre-adolescence and adolescence in the first place, with an attention to the psychoeducational projects for addicted. The course will provide theoretical and practical knowledge based to prevent and intervene in an integrated way in the psychopathology of pathological addictions to achieve professional competence necessary for the treatment of pathological dependencies in psychosocial context.


  • Short introduction on "how to think the drug use today" as a paradigm of theoretical reference.
  • Promotion of wellness and primary prevention of pathological dependencies (examples of strategies to prevent alcohol / drug-related problems).
  • Care and Rehabilitation in pathological addictions: key strategies for action "until a" most effective:
  • The therapeutic community taking charge of the addicted.
  • The interview help and motivational interview.

Conducting psychoeducational groups in pathological addictions.


Recommended reading:

Psicologia clinica e psicopatologia per l'educazione e la formazione (2009), Pani R., Biolcati R., Sagliaschi S., Il Mulino, Bologna.

Cocaina. Consumo, psicopatologia, trattamento (2009), Rigliano P., Bignamini E., Cortina, Milano (Cap. 1, 4, 6, 9).

Quale omogeneità nei gruppi?. Vasta, F. G., Girelli, R., & Gullo, S. (2013). Quale omogeneità nei gruppi. Alpes, Roma (Cap. 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 16, 20, 22).

Suggested references:

Un, due, tre stella! Storie di donne e di ordinaria violenza.
Guarini Antonia, 2016, Poiesis (Alberobello).
Le dipendenze senza droghe. Shopping compulsivo, internet e gioco d'azzardo
(2006), Pani R., Biolcati R., Utet, Torino.

Le compulsioni psicopatologiche. Tra controllo degli impulsi e dipendenza (2014), Pani R., Sciuto A., FrancoAngeli, Milano.

Dinamiche e strategie del colloquio clinico (2006), Pani R., Sagliaschi S., Carocci, Roma.

Teaching methods

The course will be carried out in an innovative didactic way, in compliance with the objectives and contents reported in the programme. It will start with case studies proposed by the therapeutic communities and services of the Rimini area that work with social distress (pathological addictions in particular), working in group training devices during the lessons. Simulated and project work will be used. Frontal lessons are reduced to a minimum. The study of the texts will be done at home in the logic of the flypped classroom. The theses and the internship will be designed from the beginning to allow a complete and specialized training to work with a given profile of user and / or in a service. Some lessons will be shared with other teachers of the course to work synergistically on specific learning objectives.

Assessment methods

The final exam consists of an oral examination based on three sentences.

Teaching tools

Slides and practical exercises.

Office hours

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