32152 - Laboratories I (A)

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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 Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes


By the end of the laboratory course, the student will learn: - how to apply the main theoretical models of community psychology; - the dynamics of groups in social and community contexts.


By the end of the laboratory course the student will learn: - the psychological assessment in relation to the clinical case; - the clinical methology relative to clinical cases.

Course contents

The course is in the first semester (November 2021-January 2022) for the M-PSI/05 Module (Module 1: Community Psychology - Prof.ssa Silvia Moscatelli) and the second semester (March-May 2022) for the M-PSI/08 Module(Clinical Psychology – Module 2/1: Prof.ssa Chiara Ruini; Module 2/2: Prof. Franco Baldoni).


Students will learn how to apply the methods of social psychology with respect to the issues of discrimination and social inclusion of migrants.

The course includes the following activities:

Analysis of the possible psychological outcomes of the migration experience. Examination of possible strategies of prejudice reduction and promotion of social integration, with a focus on the integration of migrant women.

2. Analysis of interventions in various contexts (school, orgnaization, community). Their aims, methods, applicability and effectiveness will be analyzed. Students will learn how to plan an intervention aimed to improve the integration of migrants within specific contexts.



Module 2/1 Prof. Ruini:

Theories and conceptual basis of psychoeducation and cognitive behavioral therapy; Basic behavioral techniques and psychoeducation;

assessment and case formulation; clinical interviewing


Module 2/2 Prof. Baldoni:

Students will be introduced to the methods of conducting a psychological consultation and to the assessment of problems taking into account different theoretical models in a biopsychosocial perspective.

The planned activities are the following:

1. Exercises on conducting a psychological consultation;

2. Framework and differential diagnosis of psychopathological suffering through the identification of signs, symptoms and syndromes in Clinical Psychology;

3. Comparisons between psychodynamic, cognitivist and systemic theoretical models and their use in Clinical Psychology;

4. Diagnostic assessment and hypothesis of psychological interventions in a biopsychosocial perspective;

5. Exercise and clinical examples regarding the assessment of attachment in early childhood and adulthood.



Messena, M. e Mancini, T. (2020). Contatto e integrazione Una rassegna della letteratura sui programmi di accoglienza di richiedenti asilo e rifugiati. Psicologia Sociale, 15 (3), 335 - 367.

Additional readings will be suggested during classes.


Modulo 2/1 (Prof.ssa Ruini):

Williams C., Chellingsworth M. CBT . A Clinician's guide to using the five areas approach. Hodder Arnold (ed) , London, 2010.

Beck AT , Emery G & Greenberg R (1985). Anxiety disorders and phobias. A cognitive perspective. Cambridge, MA: Basic Books.

Modulo 2/2 (Prof. Baldoni):

- Baldoni, F. (2010). La prospettiva psicosomatica. Dalla teoria alla pratica clinica. Bologna: Il Mulino.

- Baldoni, F. (2015). L'efficacia della psicoterapia nel trattamento dei disturbi psichici. La mente che cura, 1, pp. 17-20.

- Baldoni, F., Baldaro, B., & Ravasini, C. (1994). Il colloquio clinico. In: Trombini G. (a cura di): Introduzione alla clinica psicologica. Bologna: Zanichelli.

- Fruggeri, L., Balestra, F., Venturelli, E. (2020). Le competenze psicoterapeutiche. Bologna: Il Mulino.

Additional readings will be suggested during classes.

Teaching methods


In addition to brief lectures, teaching methods will include:

  • Practical exercise in small groups
  • Guided discussions
  • Literature research
  • Presentation and evaluation of a scientific article


Theoretical contents will be supported and integrated with: Group work, role playing, case presentation and discussion, video and clinical interviewing

Assessment methods


To pass the exam students are requested to:

  • attend classes and participate to discussions
  • participate actively to a group presentation concerning the critical analysis of an intervention
  • contribute to a group presentation concerning the planning of a new intervention


Module 2/1:

Final written exam (1 question) based on clinical case formulation, with diagnostic hypothesis and the applications of specific procedures of clinical interviewing

Module 2/2:

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

Video projector, DVD player, computer, and documents provided during classes

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Moscatelli

See the website of Chiara Ruini

See the website of Franco Baldoni