69992 - Psychological Therapy.

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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

Students will learn evidence-based limits and indications of psychotherapies.

Course contents

The course consists of teaching modules and will take place during the first semester (from October to November 2019) at the Cesena Campus of the Department of Psychology.


Module Prof. Guidi (6 CFU):

1. Scientific assessment of psychotherapy. Some aspects of control and randomization.

2. Methodology and design of psychotherapy research. How to interpret a psychotherapy study in the literature. How to apply a psychotherapy protocol in the clinical setting.

3. Process and outcome evaluation. The variables linked to the patient, therapist and setting.

4. Evidence-based treatment of mood disorders and bipolar spectrum disorders.


Module Prof. Giannopoulos (2 CFU):

1. Psychodynamic psychotherapy, with particular reference to borderline personality.

2. Setting, motivation, therapeutic alliance. Steps of the psychotherapeutic process.

3. Basics of brief dynamic psychotherapy.

4. Excerpts from psychotherapeutic practice.

5. Ethics.


Module Prof. Tomba (2 CFU):

1. Models of evidence-based psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder

2. Evidence-based psychotherapy research for phobias, panic attacks, panic disorder, agoraphobia

3. Evidence-based psychotherapy research for generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety

4. Evidence-based psychotherapy research for obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder


Fava GA, Grandi S, Rafanelli C (a cura di): Terapia psicologica. Centro Scientifico Editore, 2010.

Fava GA: Well-Being Therapy. Basel, Karger, 2016.

Suggested readings (Prof. Guidi and Tomba):

S. Stuart, M. Robertson: Interpersonal psychotherapy. London, Arnold, 2003.

A. Roth, P. Fonagy: What works for whom? 2nd Edition. New York, Guildford, 2005.

Suggested readings (Prof. Giannopoulos):

G.O. Gabbard: Psichiatria psicodinamica, Quinta edizione basata sul DSM-5. Milano: Raffaello Cortina, 2015.

Y. Giannopoulos: L'altra realtà. Psicoterapia a breve termine ansia provocante (stapp). Padova: Cleup, 1999.

Teaching methods

Lectures with case exemplifications, group discussionsand practical exercises.Course attendance plays a crucial role in the learning and assessing process.

Assessment methods

The final evaluation will consist in an ORAL exam using the tools (MSTeams) available through ALMA ESAMI, ESAMI ONLINE.

There are no mid-term evaluations.

The ORAL exam is aimed to assess the student's knowledge regarding the topics included in the textbook and discussed in classes (specific and a-specific psychotherapeutic factors, principles of the presented evidenced-based psychotherapeutic theoretical models, available evidence-based indications for the treatment of the discussed psychological disorders).

The highest final mark (30/30), eventually cum laude, will reflect the comprehensiveness, adequacy and full articulation of the report. The following criteria will be considered in making corrections to the exam: relevant studies cited and described appropriately (0-16 points); clinical reasoning applied to the case presented (0-7 points); full articulation of possible therapeutic indications (0-7 points). Marks will progressively decrease based on lack of information (i.e., lack of clinical reasoning, relevant studies neither cited nor described) and/or in case of inaccurate or off-topic answers.

Students may register for the exam by using Almaesami. To take the booked exam you will receive an invitation email indicating the link and hour to the virtual classroom where the exam will take place.

After the initial roll call you will be asked to show the ID card for your identification.
Please remember to keep it handy as if you do not identify yourself, you will not be able to take the exam.
At the end of the exam you will be notified of the grade which will be recorded as usual on ALMAESAMI

Teaching tools

Slides, PC, slide projector, overhead projector and research scientific articles

Office hours

See the website of Elena Tomba

See the website of Jenny Guidi

See the website of Ioannis Giannopoulos