91630 - The Biopsychosocial Approach in Clinical Psychosomatic

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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 Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the elective course the students will be able to: - understand the psychophysiopathological mechanisms that lead to the development of psychosomatic disorders in the context of the most recent and accredited theoretical frameworks. - to properly diagnose psychosomatic disorders and to plan an effective therapy. - of critical analysis and evaluation of complex clinical pictures. - to communicate with the patient and specialist interlocutors in scientifically correct and clinically effective terms. - to acquire the learning skills necessary to identify and direct the patient towards adequate medical and psychotherapeutic therapy.

Course contents

Therapeutic models in psychosomatic disorders.

Mentalization based therapies.

Cognitive behavioral orientation therapies.

Psychological interventions in chronic diseases.


It is not necessary to purchase specific texts. The following will be provided in class: didactic material also available through username and password at AMS Campus - AlmaDL - University of Bologna, references to recommended texts.

Teaching methods

Frontal lecture, Discussion of clinical cases with the aid of films, Group supervision of clinical cases.

Assessment methods

Learning will be evaluated through the presentation and discussion of a clinical case. The test involves group work.

Teaching tools

Slides, films, clinical case presentations, interactions with students will be used.

Office hours

See the website of Alessandro Agostini