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 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

M-PSI/05: At the end of the activity students will: know the dynamics of different groups in social and community contexts; develop and improve civic and democratic competences (soft skills); know how to apply models of community intervention and techniques of community needs and assets analysis.

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 2020-January 2021) for the M-PSI/05 module (Module 1 - Social psychology - Antonella Guarino) and during the second semester (March-May 2021) for the M-PSI/08 module (Module 2 - Clinical Psychology - Jenny Guidi). The Laboratory is for students of the first year of the Second Cycle Degree/Two Year Master in Clinical Psychology of the School of Psychology and Education and will take place at the Department of Psychology, Cesena Campus (address: piazza Aldo Moro, 90 and viale Europa, 115).


The lab will allow students to apply the methods and tools of community psychology and use them in the design (and possibly implementation) of a project of analysis and/or intervention in community in psychosocial, educational and/or wellbeing prevention/promotion areas through Service Learning (SL). The SL methodology encourages experiential learning (Learning) through active school/community engagement (Service). Students work on a concrete problem identified through the collaboration of a universities and community /school/local organization partnership.

Reflective activities allow students to discuss about principles and methods of the discipline through the lens of the experience, to understand the challenges of their application in real contexts and to acquire civic and professional competences for psychologists.

SL include the following activities:

· context analysis, community needs and assets analysis in collaboration with local stakeholders / focus groups with target population,

· design of the intervention (objectives and methodologies) and of the assessment plan,

· monitoring process and reflective activities in small group;

· implementation of the intervention (if possible),

· documentation of the course (group final report)

· return to the stakeholders and community 


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



Akhurst, J. (2017). Student experiences of community-based service learning during Masters' level training, as related to critical community psychology practice. Journal for new generation sciences, 15(1), 1-20. Available on https://journals.co.za/doi/pdf/10.10520/EJC-c8536995a Service Learning and Community Engagement Lab: https://site.unibo.it/servicelearning-labpsicom/it SL Virtual Museum: https://hubs.mozilla.com/rEv6Spo/service-learning-museo-virtuale

References will be provided at the beginning and during the S-L activity, depending on the specific of the S-L 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


Service-Learning integrates the traditional learning with a "community engagement" experience on real-world issues through fieldwork/reseach/intervention. Methods used will be the following: short lectures, small group work, guided discussions, collection and analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative data, documentation and dissemination with local stakeholders. The class will be divided into small groups that will work continuously on the same project. S-L includes classroom activities (about 10h) and field work (about 20h). During class students will be supervised on the following topics:

• Context analysis

• Design of intervention and evaluation plans

Implemantaion of the intervention

• Process documentation


·Promotion of citizenship competences, in particular critical reflexivity and social responsibility


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

Assessment methods


Credits are acknowledged to those who:

• have attended classes

• contributed to the final written report that illustrates the project/intervention developed by each group and participated actively to the presentation of the S-L report to community stakeholders. The instructions for the preparation of the final report will be provided during classes.

• have produced an individual written critical reflection on their S-L experience, using a field diary

• produced a return to the tutors of the organizations through a letter

• completed an evaluation questionnaire.



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


Classes will be held according to the general rules of UNIBO. Computer, Onedrive, IOL, Teams, Zoom, Padlet will be used.

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

Office hours

See the website of Jenny Guidi

See the website of Antonella Guarino