Scheda insegnamento


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Salute e benessere

Anno Accademico 2021/2022

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

Methods in clinical Psychology: the course will focus on the various strategies to conduct psychological evaluations in clinical psychology, from the use of specific questionnaires to the use of structured and semi-structured interviews. The students will learn basic techniques to differentiate normal vs abnormal functioning (psychopathology) with the applications of these evaluation strategies


The course will be articulated in two modules:

I module (Prof. Francesca Vescovelli)

1. Theorethical and nosographic definition of normal and abnormal functioning: mental state, cognitive functioning, emotional regulations strategies, personality styles. 

2.Psychological testing in clinical psychology:Applications, scoring procedures and interpretation of results of the following instruments

-symptom questionnaires (BDI, STAI-Y, SQ etc..) and

-personality tests (Big 5, TCI, etc..);

-the behavioural and cognitive assessment techniques (battery CBA )

-well-being and personal strenghts (PWB; VIA, SWB)


II Module (Prof. Chiara Ruini)

3. The interview in clinical psychology: structure, phases and methodologies for conducting the interview. 

4. The clinical interview: communication strategies (verbal and non-verbal communication) ; relationship dynamics in the psychological interview ( roles and interactions); motivation in the clinical interview.



Mandatory readings: 

Femi Oyebode: Sims' Symptoms in the Mind: Textbook of Descriptive Psychopathology,Edition 6, Elsevier (2018) . ISBN: 0702074012

EDWARD L. ZUCKERMAN: CLINICIAN’S THESAURUS.  The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports , 8th Guilford press, 2019

John Sommers-Flanagan & Rita Sommers-Flanagan: Clinical Interviewing, 6th edition.  Wiley & Sons, 2016

Optional readings: 

Chiara Ruini. Positive Psychology in the Clinical Domains. Research and Practice. Springer International Publishing, 2017.
ISBN978-3-319-52110-7 DOI10.1007/978-3-319-52112-1
ebook al seguente link


Metodi didattici

Lectures with Power Point Presentation.
Case exemplifications and role-playing
team work
journal club
confrence presentations: video and scientific discussions on updated topics and reserch in clinical  psychology

This is an interactive course, where students will be directly involved in group discussion on the main topics of clinical psychology and psychopathology. students will learn how to use tests and assessment tools for measuring symptoms, mental states and  personal resourses of individuals.

Role playng and case discussion will be organized throughout the classes, in order to learn strategies of interventions within the clinical psychology perspective.

Active participation to the classes will allow students to learn theories and concepts of clinical methodsand to directly practice their applications in various types of interview settings (individual, organizations, institutions).

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

The final evaluation will consist in a written test with 4 open ended questions, each one covering the various modules of teaching (definitions and charactiristics of normal vs abnormal functioning; psychological tests; theories and methods in conducting the clinical interview.

Each answer will count from 0 to 30 points (max 30) and the final score is the mathematical mean among the four question scores. Students who will provide a detailed and complete answer  to the topic could have a maximum grade of 30/30 cum Laude.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Video, poweir point , slides and handouts

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Chiara Ruini

Consulta il sito web di Francesca Vescovelli