32152 - Laboratories I (C)

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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

M-PSI/05: At the end of the activity students will know: how to apply community psychology methods and principles to the development of an intervention and the dynamics of different groups in social and community contexts

M-PSI/08: At the end of the classes, students will be able to carry out an appropriate assessment and will know how to apply the correct clinical methodology according to the single clinical case.

Course contents

The course will take place during the first semester (October 2019-January 2020) for the M-PSI/05 module (Module 1 - Social psychology - Paola Marmocchi) and during the second semester (March-May 2020) for the M-PSI/08 module (Module 2 - Clinical Psychology - Jenny Guidi) at the Department of Psychology, Cesena Campus (address: piazza Aldo Moro, 90 and v.le Europa, 115).


The lab will allow students to learn and apply methods and tools of WHO Life Skills Project and use them to write a report about an intervention project of health intervention/promotion in a community-based project

Laboratory includes the following activities:

  • Knowledge of the WHO Life Skills Project
  • Testing Life Skills (emotions governance, empathy, self-consciousness)
  • Planning a community-based project including Life Skills
  • Documentation of the course (group final report)


Identification of signs, symptoms and syndromes in clinical psychology. Differential diagnosis. Formulation of diagnostic hypotheses and treatment planning.



Marmocchi P, Dall’Aglio C., Zannini M.(2004) Educare le life skills, Erickson, Trento

World Health Organization (WHO) (1993) Life Skills for children and adolescents in schools, Programme of Mental Health, WHO, Geneva

References will be provided at the beginning and during the lab activity, depending on the specific project that students will develop.


American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Nussbaum A.M. (2014). L'esame diagnostico con il DSM-5. Raffaello Cortina Editore: Milano.

Additional readings will be suggested during classes.

Teaching methods


Methods used will be the following: lessons, small group work, guided discussions, role playing, brainstorming, empathy laboratories, final project work.


Teaching methods will include group work, clinical case presentations, role-playing, practical examples of psychological interventions.

Assessment methods


Active participation to the activities proposed during classes and full attendance are essential in order to be admitted to the final examination.

To pass the exam students are required to participate actively and contribute to the final written report that illustrates purposes, tools and methods of a Life Skills Project in a community-based project.


Active participation to the laboratory course is essential in order to get admitted to the final examination. The final evaluation will consist in a written exam concerning topics discussed during classes. This final examination will take place during the last class of the laboratory course.

Teaching tools


In order to expand students knowledge of the course contents, additional tools will be provided. Video projector, DVD player, lamp projector, PC.

M-PSI/08: Video projector, DVD player, PC. Handouts will be provided during classes.

Office hours

See the website of Jenny Guidi

See the website of Paola Marmocchi