Academic Year 2021/2022 - 1° Year - Curriculum Curriculum A - Clinico - Riabilitativo
Teaching Staff: Pasquale CAPONNETTO
Credit Value: 9
Scientific field: M-PSI/08 - CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Taught classes: 36 hours
Laboratories: 18 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives

The aim is to develop a clinical ability within a psychological intervention model capable of dealing with different contexts and demands and to promote a culture of intervention based on research control and comparison.

The course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the processes involved in addicton. This course will include both didactic and experiential components in order to promote a comprehensive approach to learning about addictions. Specifically, there will be a focus on how addictions are theoretically conceptualized, assessed, and treated from a biopsychosocial perspective.

Course Structure

Frontal lessons, case series discussions, and simulations; meetings with professionals and expert, role playing, /supervised clinical practice and research


Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Learning assessment may also be carried out on line, should the conditions require it.

Detailed Course Content

Acquisition of a theory of psychological that allows the use of intervention techniques in the light of a specific theoretical model. Lesson will be proposed in order to develop specific skills for conducting an intervention, with particular reference to the stages that characterize it: observation, exploration, interpretation will be highlight. Integrated management of the main methods of clinical psychology, such as interview, assessment, reporting, analysis of the demand. Critical review of the basics of psychological intervention. Contextualization of the major theoretical and operational issues within a clinical psychological approach in the light of an integrated theoretical perspective. Focusing on early intervention. Efficacy and effectiveness. Content of the training - The different theoretical models in clinical psychology. -assessment in clinical psychology. -Psychodiagnostic. -treatment in clinical psychology. -Analysis of psychopathological case series.


The course will deal with the following subjects, presented in the order as indicated below:

  • the neurobiology of addiction
  • drugs
  • opiate addiction
  • cocaine addiction
  • amphetamine addiction
  • alcoholism
  • dual diagnosis
  • addiction and personality disorders
  • behavioral addictions (gambling, sex, internet, exercise and shopping addiction)
  • individual, family and group psychotherapy
  • residential treatment

Textbook Information

1. Girardi P. & Di Giannantonio M. (2016). Psicopatologia delle dipendenze. Pacini Editore, p. 323

2. Lingiardi V., Gazzillo F., La Personalità ed i suoi disturbi, R.Cortina, 2014 (Esclusivamente la parte seconda e terza del libro: la personalità, dal capitolo 13 al capito 23.

(totale 494 pp)


-John W. Barnhill, DSM V, Casi Clinici, Raffaello Cortina Editore, p 500