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Academic year 2023/2024
Master's Degree (MSc) on CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Coordinator Prof. Francesca Giannone
Class of Master's Degree (MSc) on Psychology (LM-51)
2 years
PALERMO
Number of seats in local planning: 150
Department of Psychological, Pedagogical, Exercise and Training Sciences
Course Code
2048

Course info
The 2nd cycle Degree Course in "Clinical Psychology" is the natural continuation, deepening and developing in a professional sense of the 1st cycle courses, namely of class 24. The main objective of the Course is to train psychologists, qualified for professional practice, with specific skills for the psychological-clinical intervention on individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Starting from a deepening of the basic psychological knowledge already acquired, and in the perspective of an integrated approach between theoretical and applicative skills in the clinical-relational field and in the field of neuropsychological research, the Degree Course aims at providing skills related: - to the evaluation and prevention, treatment and care of people, families, groups, organizations, communities; - to the promotion of health, development and well-being; - to the field of research. The two curricula, "Relation and Care" and "Neuropsychology", provide a strong common educational core, in the first year, and a specialized second-year articulation, which aims to define in a specific and professionalizing way the clinical-relational and neuropsychological skills, in accordance with the needs of the labour market. Specific training objectives of the 2nd cycle Degree in Clinical Psychology are: - the updated knowledge of the main explanatory theories of normal psychological functioning and of psychopathological distress, from the point of view of clinical-relational research (with particular reference to psychodynamic and group models), as well as of the most recent acquisitions in the field of neuroscience; - learning the ability to evaluate, diagnose and assess mental functioning and the relational dynamics of people, families, groups, organizations, and also of the main neuropsychological syndromes, techniques and neuropsychological diagnosis; - the knowledge of the clinical-relational and neuro-rehabilitation methods and the ability to draw up appropriate clinical reports for communication with colleagues and other professionals (eg social workers, psychiatrists, operators, etc.), as well as with the users themselves; - the knowledge of the clinical psychology research methods, based on the evaluation of outcome, process and context (setting); - the learning of the ability to define the case and to provide adequate therapeutic indications, within evidence-based protocols, applicable in the different care settings. To achieve these objectives, the Course in Clinical Psychology provides educational activities related to the field of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, General and Physiological Psychology, Social and Industrial Psychology. Related and integrative training activities are also provided, aimed at completing the professional profile through the deepening of advanced, specialist and current issues of the psychology sector, consistent with the needs of the labour market. The qualifying degree course in Clinical Psychology LM-51 also includes among the specific educational objectives, aimed at the technical training for the qualification to practice the profession, as required by the law of 8 November 2021/163, the development of professional skills such as: - the appropriate use of psychodiagnostics tools aimed at carrying out an analysis of the clinical characteristics of the subject within their own life context; - the design of an evidence-based clinical intervention, based on an optimal cost/benefit ratio; - knowledge and understanding of the ethical and deontological aspects of the profession of psychologist and the management of conflicts associated with these dimensions in psychological intervention; - the management of the clinical relationship with the patient/user within a specific organizational and institutional context. In this context, within the activities of the practical-evaluation internship (TPV), personal training experiences are offered, in group contexts, oriented towards the acquisition of awareness of the importance of the relationship as the main work and intervention tool in clinical psychology. Teaching is based on the integration of frontal teachings, educational laboratories, and TPV experiences. Interactive and practical training methods (such as role-playing, case presentations, simulations, experiential laboratories) will be used within all the teachings envisaged by the course to facilitate the acquisition of the professional training objectives. The professional training objectives for the exercise of the profession of psychologist will be pursued over the two years and evaluated through the experience of TPV carried out in qualified external operational contexts and affiliated with the University. The qualifying degree in Clinical Psychology LM-51 is also the access key to II level Master courses, specific training courses, PhD courses and Graduate schools in psychotherapy.
Profile: clinical psychologist Functions: Clinical psychologists are professionals with specific skills aimed at carrying out various functions in the work contexts in which they operate. They use cognitive and intervention tools for the prevention, counselling, diagnosis, psychological support, rehabilitation of dysfunctional or pathological psychic processes dependent on subjective, interpersonal, situational, and systemic variables. Clinical psychologists intervene in the processes limiting or disturbing the intrapsychic, interpersonal or group adaptation ability, and generating problematic aspects of suffering, maladjustment, and deviance, through the promotion of understanding and reorganization of mental functioning with attention to individual and interpersonal levels and psychobiological, neuropsychological, and psychosomatic behavioural correlates. They also design, build and implement interventions aimed at promoting socio-psycho-biological health and well-being. Clinical psychologists carry out, within healthcare facilities or Universities and research agencies, the scientific analysis of the affective, cognitive, relational and psycho-biological involved in the pathogenesis of mental and psychosomatic disorders, aiming at developing scientifically acknowledged and evidence-based diagnostic, rehabilitative and therapeutic protocols. One of the most typical application areas of clinical psychology is psychotherapy, in private and public contexts. Skills: - designing and constructing different clinical work settings, in relation to specific intervention contexts; - conducting assessment and consultation activities with individuals, families, groups and institutions; - carrying out a correct "analysis of the demand", elaborating the objectives of the intervention, transforming the "demand" into a shared alliance with the users, any clients, the members of the work team; - making clinical diagnoses; - conducting assessment and psychological-clinical support interviews; - producing clinical reports suitable for communication with expert interlocutors (colleagues and other professionals) as well as with non-competent interlocutors on the relevant issues; - designing and implementing psychological-clinical interventions aimed at individuals, families, groups, social and cultural intervention environments; - performing neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis; - programming rehabilitation interventions for cognitive function deficits; - being able to use application tools, including methodological knowledge and skills, for health promotion, prevention, rehabilitation and psychological care interventions, consistent with scientifically validates guidelines and protocols (evidence-based clinical psychology); - evaluating, through evidence-based methods, the quality, effectiveness, and appropriateness of the interventions. Professional opportunities: Graduates in Clinical Psychology, pursuant to art. 1 and 3 pf the Law n. 163 of 8 November, 2021, are qualified for the profession of psychologist and can operate in all the areas provided for by law L.18 February 1989, n.56, regulating the profession of Psychologist, (paragraph 1: “the profession of psychologist includes the use of cognitive tools and intervention for prevention, diagnosis, activities of abilitation,-rehabilitation and psychological support for the person, group, organisms social networks and to communities. It also includes the activities of experimentation, research, and teaching in this area”. They may therefore: - carry out the activity of clinical psychologist in the field of professional practice; - carry out consulting activities in public and private bodies; - exercise responsibility functions in organizations and services directed to the person, groups, communities, within: - healthcare facilities and public, private and/or accredited hospital facilities; - social and territorial services; - educational and educational services and organizations; - associations and cooperatives of the third sector, foundations and NGOs; services aimed at the person of local authorities; - public and private centres for the prevention and promotion of health and well-being; - rehabilitation and intervention centres for disability; - Facilities and services for the elderly. They may also take up the profession of Psychotherapist, after obtaining the post-graduate specialization required by MIUR.
Pursuant to article 29 of the University Educational Regulations, students must take a final exam to obtain the degree. Consistent with the educational objectives of the Degree Course and with the expected learning outcomes, the final exam for the completion of the studies consists in the presentation and discussion of a written paper (degree thesis) on a psychological issue in the clinical field chosen by the student, with experimental as well as qualitative data. The final thesis will be presented by the student to a Commission proposed by the Board of the Degree Course. Pursuant to law 2021/163, the final exam includes a practical assessment test (PPV) which precedes the discussion of the degree thesis. The PPV is unique and is carried out in oral mode. This test is aimed at ascertaining the level of technical-professional preparation of the candidate for the qualification to professional practice and must ascertain the ability to critically reflect on the internship experiences and to adopt a professional approach based on theoretical and scientific evidence-based models, as well as on the knowledge of legislation and professional ethics. The PPV examining Board has equal composition and is made up of at least four members, half of whom are university professors designated by the Department (one of whom acts as President) and the other half are members enrolled in the professional register of Psychologists for at least five years, designated by the national Board of the Order of Psychologists. Passing the PPV enables candidates to access to the discussion of the degree thesis. To be admitted to the final exam, students must have acquired all the educational credits required by the course syllabus, with the exception of the credits assigned to the final exam. Furthermore, to be admitted to the final exam, students must have passed the practical-assessment internship activities equal to 30 credits in the entire educational path (three-year and/or master's degree). The final exam for the achievement of the 2nd cycle degree in Psychology, pursuant to articles 1 and 3 of the law of 8 November 2021, n. 163, enables to practice the profession of psychologist.

course outline
Teachings first year \ in common with the others curricula\profiles
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
09861 - CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY Details TURRIZIANI (PO) 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/02
18698 - ENGLISH LANGUAGE - LEVEL B2 6.0 1 G F
19724 - COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE Details TARANTINO (PA) (*) in english 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/02
23214 - PSYCHODYNAMICS OF DEVELOPMENT AND CLINICAL SET(TNGS) Details GIANNONE (PO) 12.0 1 V
PSYCHODINAMIC MODELS OF DEVELOPMENT AND CLINICAL SET(TINGS) GIANNONE (PO) 9.0 B M-PSI/07
CLINICAL SETTINGS OBSERVATION AND DESIGN INFURNA (RD) 3.0 B M-PSI/07
23259 - PROFESSIONAL DEONTOLOGY AND ETHICAL ISSUES (INTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE) Details D'AGOSTINO (PC) D'AGOSTINO (PC) () () 1.0 1 G S
23271 - EXPERIENTIAL TRAINING GROUPS (INTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE) Details GIORDANO (PA) GULLO (PA) FALGARES (PA) DI BLASI (PO) DI BLASI (PO) LO COCO (PO) CAVANI (PC) FERRARO (PC) 1.0 1 G S
23608 - PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS Details GULLO (PA) 10.0 1 V
LABORATORY OF PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS INFURNA (RD) SALERNO (PA) 4.0 B M-PSI/08
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY GULLO (PA) 6.0 B M-PSI/08
05958 - PSYCHIATRY Details LA BARBERA (PO) 6.0 2 V C MED/25
19278 - PSYCHOLOGY OF ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS Details 6.0 2 V B M-PSI/06
23265 - PLANNING OF CLINICAL-SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS (INTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE) Details () () () () INFURNA (RD) INFURNA (RD) 1.0 2 G S
23267 - FORMULATION OF A CLINICAL CASE AND DIAGNOSTIC REPORT (INTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE) Details ALBANO (RD) TARANTINO (PA) GULLO (PA) () () () 1.0 2 G S
Teachings second year
credits Term Val. Area Scientific sector
06159 - PSYCHOTHERAPY Details GIORDANO (PA) 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/08
13412 - NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION TECHNIQUES Details SMIRNI (PA) 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/02
15938 - NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT Details TURRIZIANI (PO) 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/02
17951 - CEREBRAL VISUALISATION TECHNIQUES AND NEUROMODULATION Details TARANTINO (PA) 6.0 1 V C M-PSI/02
18115 - NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS REHABILITATION Details SMIRNI (PA) 6.0 1 V B M-PSI/02
23206 - EXTERNAL EVALUATIVE PRACTICE 14.0 1 G S
23207 - PRACTICAL-EVALUATIVE TEST - DEGREE DISSERTATION 8.0 2 G E
Optional subjects II 2.0 S
Free subjects (suggested) 10.0 D
Explaination
Term Term/Semester
Val. Valutation: V = mark in 30/30, G = note
(*) Teaching attended in english
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