Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: Vittorio LENZO

Expected Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student must have acquired basic knowledge of clinical psychology and psychopathology from a biopsychosocial perspective. Specifically, at the end of the course, the student:

- will acquire the main concepts of clinical psychology and the various approaches;

- will know the main psychological disorders and the associated psychological and socio-cultural factors.

Course Structure

Lectures (PowerPoint presentations and video).

Required Prerequisites

No specific prerequisites are required.

Attendance of Lessons

Recommended, not mandatory.

Detailed Course Content

The course will focus on the following topics:

- clinical psychology and psychopathology;

- historical and contemporary views of psychopathology;

- causal factors and viewpoints of psychopathology;

- clinical assessment and diagnosis;

- stress and physical and mental health;

- panic, anxiety, obsessions, and their disorders;

- mood disorders and suicide;

- somatic symptoms and dissociative disorders;

- eating disorders and obesity;

- personality disorders;

- substance-related disorders;

- sexual variants, abuse, and dysfunctions;

- schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders;

Textbook Information

1. Hooley, J. M., Butcher, J. N., Nock, M. K., & Mineka, S. (2017). Psicopatologia e psicologia clinica. Pearson: Milano

Course Planning

 SubjectsText References
1clinical psychology and psychopathology1
2historical and contemporary views of psychopathology1
3causal factors and viewpoints of psychopathology1
4clinical assessment and diagnosis1
5stress and physical and mental health1
6panic, anxiety, obsessions, and their disorders1
7mood disorders and suicide1
8somatic symptoms and dissociative disorders1
9eating disorders and obesity1
10personality disorders1
11substance-related disorders1
12sexual variants, abuse, and dysfunctions1
13schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders1

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

Non-attending students will take a single oral final exam throughout the program. Alternatively, attending students can take an ongoing test on the first part of the program and at the end of the course.

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

What is clinical psychology?

Explain what a culture-specific disorder is and provide an example of one.

What is the goal of psychosocial assessment?

What is necessary for a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder?

Why is the term “anorexia nervosa” a misnomer?

Explain and give examples of positive symptoms of schizophrenia.