A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
M-PSI/07 M-PSI/08 MED/25
Learning objectives
The learning objectives are to develop knowledge related to
- theoretical foundations of individual, group and family psychotherapy;
- relationship and communication with other health professionals, with the awareness of one's own and others' values;
- supportive relationships with the patient and his family, applying the fundamentals of relational dynamics.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to
- recognize the distinctive features of the main frameworks of psychotherapy; with reference also to the main frameworks applied in psychosocial rehabilitation, including psychoeducation;
- apply relational and communicative knowledge with other health professionals;
- establish and maintain supportive relationships with the patient and his family.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required
Assessment methods and Criteria
The examination consists of an oral test aimed at assessing the student's knowledge of the different topics covered and of written test with multiple choice questions.
The results will be communicated via vweb.
Course syllabus
- Models of interpretation of mental illness in use and forms of therapy derived from them: Classical psychiatric (descriptive nosographic): the therapy is constituted starting from the probability that a certain type of standardized treatment is effective (produces symptomatic changes) for that type of standardized descriptive diagnosis (based on controlled efficacy studies); Psychodynamic psychiatric (functional dimensional): the therapy is constituted starting from the identification of specific problems (which will become the "foci" of the treatment)
- Model of bio-psycho-social mental functioning
- Motivational systems and the model of change
- Interview technique as a path of change.
Foulkes and Lewin group concept
-Function of the groups
-Theoretical and methodological bases of group psychotherapy
-Specific therapeutic factors common to all forms of group therapy
-Group therapy, relational and intersubjective experiences
-Main theoretical orientations and models of group psychotherapy
-Supportive and expressive-interpretative group interventions
-Systemic familial therapy - Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy
-Group psychoanalytic psychotherapy - Transnational analysis by E. Berne
-Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
-References to other intervention techniques
-Treatment research and results
-Focus: group therapy and promotion of well-being in the social context of care services and personal assistance.
Teaching methods
Teaching Resources
Testi consigliati ma non obbligatori:
Claudio Neri, Gruppo, 2017, Raffaello Cortina editore
Irvin D. Yalom,Molyn Leszcz, Teoria e pratica della psicoterapia di gruppo, 2009, Ed. Bollati Boringhieri

Aceti, T., Liverano, A., Il valore della terapia di gruppo nella società liquida di Bauman. Atti del convegno "La psicoterapia nel villaggio globale", Roma 9-11 novembre 2012,
Appunti del docente

Slide fornite dal docente
Psicologia dinamica
Course syllabus
- Psychotherapy vs counseling and help relationship
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Skill Training
- Multimodal Behavior Therapy: group applications
- Group hypnotherapy
- Cognitive-behavioral principles in community rehabilitation groups.
Teaching methods
Teaching Resources
Modelli di sviluppo in psicanalisi - Eugenia Pelanda (a cura di) RaffaelloCortina Eds.
Psichiatria e Psicologia clinica (Bressi, Invernizzi) Mc Graw Hill 2017: capitolo 22.
Psicologia clinica
Course syllabus
Introduction to psychoeducational cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy
- Integrate friends and family into the treatment: the resource group
- Evaluation of the problems and objectives of the user and the resource group
- Communication skills
- Problem solving: structured method of solving problems and achieving objectives
- Psychoeducation on the disorder and on change
- Psychotic symptoms
- Bipolar Affective Disorder
- Depression
- Anxiety
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Crisis management
- Find alternatives to the use of alcohol and drugs to solve problems
- Food disorders
- Learn to deal with unpleasant thoughts and voices
- Sleep well at night
- Make friends
- Increase rewarding activities
- Face anger and frustration

The comparison among different epistemological models and the specificity of the techniques used in Psychiatric Rehabilitation starting from mental disability assessment and potential of the individual, and his/her needs within the treatment.
-Cognitive-behavioral Psychotherapy and Neurosciences: Supporting evidences. Benefits, limits and future perspectives.
-Cognitive psychopathology: Neuropsychological deficits in psychiatric diseases and Cognitive Remediation Therapy.
-Social Skills training for the treatment of psychotic disorders and schizophrenia.
Teaching methods
Lectures and work-group with cards on the topics covered.
Teaching Resources
Ian Falloon. Intervento psicoeducativo integrato in psichiatria. Trento: Erickson
Barlati S., Deste G., Vita A. (2013) Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT): Presupposti e descrizione [Cognitive Remediation Therapy: Assumptions and description] In: Vita A. (Ed.) La riabilitazione cognitiva della schizofrenia [Cognitive Rehabilitation of Schizophrenia] Milano: Springer.
Bellack A.S., Mueser K.T., Gingerich, S. (2003). Social skills training per il trattamento della schizofrenia. Guida pratica [Social Skills for Schizophrenia treatment. Practice guide]. Milano: Centro Scientifico.
Melli, G. & Sica, C. (2018). Fondamenti di psicologia e psicoterapia cognitivo-comportamentale. Modelli clinici e tecniche di intervento [Principles of Cognitive-behavioural Psychology and Psychotherapy]. Trento: Erickson.
Articoli scientifici forniti dal docente [Scientific manuscripts provided by the Lecturer].
MED/25 - PSYCHIATRY - University credits: 2
Lessons: 20 hours
Psicologia clinica
M-PSI/08 - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY - University credits: 2
Lessons: 20 hours
Psicologia dinamica
M-PSI/07 - DYNAMIC PSYCHOLOGY - University credits: 1
Lessons: 10 hours
Professor: Truzoli Roberto
by appointment to be agreed via e-mail
Hall 60 Ospedale L. Sacco via G..B. Grassi, 74 Milano