32152 - Laboratories I (F)

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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 Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2022/2023

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 for the two M-PSI/05 modules (October - December) and during the second semester for the M-PSI/08 part (March-May) at the Department of Psychology, Cesena Campus (address: piazza Aldo Moro, 90 and v.le Europa, 115).

M-PSI/05 (Module 1 Social psychology, Teacher: Elisabetta Crocetti)

The laboratory will allow students to learn and apply the methods and instruments of social psychology with respect to the experience of migration. Particular attention will be payed to identity formation pathways in young migrants. Different types of acculturation orientations will be discussed, focusing on the perspectives of migrants as well as of the host society.

The laboratory includes the following activities:

  1. Analysis of identity pathways in young migrants:
    1. The migration experience as a process of identity redefinition
    2. Acculturative processes and ethnic identity
    3. Effects of identity formation on the well-being of migrants
  2. Critical analysis of interventions aimed at promoting identity formation in young migrants. Evaluation of objectives, methods, feasibility, and effectiveness of the interventions. Discussion of their strengths and limitations.
  3. Planning of a new psychosocial intervention (objectives and methodologies).

M-PSI/08 (Modules 2/1 and 2/2 Clinical psychology, Teachers: Jenny Guidi and Roberto Cattivelli)

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



References will be provided at the beginning and during the laboratory activities, in relation to the specific interventions that students will choose to 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


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
  • Analysis of quantitative data
  • Gamification


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

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


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

M-PSI/05: video projector, computer, and documents provided during classes

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

Office hours

See the website of Elisabetta Crocetti

See the website of Jenny Guidi

See the website of Roberto Cattivelli