Clinical and developmental psychology

A.Y. 2021/2022
Overall hours
M-PSI/04 M-PSI/08
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide fundamental knowledge in psychology, from the birth of scientific psychology to the most recent developments in the study of cognitive processes; to offer a basic understanding of the functioning of the human mind.
The course will provide knowledge in the main theories of child development, of the main stages in the development of the different psychological functions that characterize an individual.
The course will also provide the basis for understanding the role of the family in the main moments of transition in the life cycle, disability and illness
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
· discuss the fundamentals of cognitive, affective, perceptive-motor, socio-cultural development of the individual;
· discuss the main mechanisms of motivation;
· describe the usefulness of a cultural model for medical practice;
· describe the fundamental differences between Disease Centred Medicine and Patient Centred Medicine;
· discuss the concept of the patient's agenda;
· discuss the basic functions of communication in the professional-patient consultation;
· discuss the main aspects of the cognitive and behavioral approach;
· discuss the role of the family and caregivers.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Prerequisites for admission
Be enrolled in the 1st year program
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written exam with open questions
Developmental and educational psychology
Course syllabus
Introduction to developmental psychology: development as a life cycle.
- Intrauterine development and motor and perceptual development in the first year of life.
- Cognitive development: Piaget, Vygotsky, Bruner
- Linguistic, social and emotional development
- Affective development: Freud, Mahler, Spitz, Bowlby
- Adolescence
- Research methods in Psychology
- Infant Observation
Teaching methods
Classroom lessons
Teaching Resources
Camaioni, Di Blasio. Psicologia dello sviluppo, Il Mulino, 2002. In addition, slides distributed by the teacher.
Clinical psychology
Course syllabus
- Introduction: clinical psychology, method and discipline as science. History and models in Psychology
- Learning: conditioning, modeling and behavior. Related pathologies.
- Memory: sensory register, short-term memory, long-term memory. Related pathologies.
- Perception: theories and models. Related pathologies
- Communication: verbal, non-verbal and paraverbal communication. Practical implications in clinical practice.
- Emotions: peripheral theory, central, cognitive-activational theory, appraisal and psycho-evolutionary theories.
- Trauma: possible psychological reactions to the traumatic event (accident or poor diagnosis)
- Motivation: levels and definition; neurophysiological mechanisms, primary and secondary motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic;
Practical implications in clinical practice
- Intelligence: theories and models. Related pathologies
- Psychologist and Psychotherapist: theoretical orientations and multidisciplinary teamwork
- Stress and Burnout in Occupational Therapy
- The patient and his family
Teaching methods
Classroom lessons
Teaching Resources
Anolli, L., Legrenzi, P. (2012) Psicologia generale. Il mulino
Dispense e slides distribuite dalla docente
Clinical psychology
M-PSI/08 - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY - University credits: 4
Lessons: 40 hours
Developmental and educational psychology
Practicals: 15 hours
Lessons: 10 hours