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ETHNOPSYCHOPATOLOGY
ETHNOPSYCHOPATOLOGY

Ethnopsychopatology- cultures and contemporaneity
Etnopsicopatologia - Distruttività e trauma fra cultire occidentali e orientali

A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Francesco Comelli friday 4-6 pm (mobile ph.3939793932)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course partially taught in a foreign language English
This course is taught partially in Italian and partially in a foreign language. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Clinical Psychology (LM-51)
Curriculum: COMUNE
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

1- To improve knowledge on historical and contemporary issues of Etnopsychopathology and differences between the traditional treatments of foreign countries  and health cares of western world . Mental disorders in primitive cultures and their methods. New psychic diseases of Western world and their relationship with Western culture. 2-   AGroup dynamics in  familiar , institutional and social groups: to improve knowledge of  the traditional and western treatment institutions through a study of the institutions themselves. Overview of group in their therapeutic settings and anthropological meaning (past and present). Deculturation. Health care in non-Western cultures and mixed models of care as a link between different cultures. 3- Cultural and clinical case history of patients. Psychopathologies in their current representations. Exploring  ties between the clinic work with individuals, with families and  groups, and their links with destructiveness in daily life. Environmental destructiveness, in war scenarios. The human characteristics of psychologists with foreigners: flexibility, willingness to decentralize its operational certainty, knowledge of environmental contexts other than the western ones. The groups in primitive environments, and in the contemporaneity. Ethological theory as a model for understanding  group dynamics of different cultures. Western and Eastern suicide kamikazes. Geopolitical issues. 4- Working together  to aquire operational and conceptual tools relating to contemporaneity and new ways of suffering. Psychiatry and psychotherapy with foreign patients. The significance of the lexicon: the work through words. Models of mental care in Italy and support to foreign patients. Examples from France and England. Death concepts in the West, in other cultures and death concepts in the current conflicts in the Middle East. The relationship with death and with pain in different contexts. 5- Working together to identify lexical terms related to our experience of the course to communicate through  publication a student text (students each year can find  key terms with a brief explanation of lexical etimological meaning , then publishing these works). Innovative clinical models. 6-  Working together to reflect on meeting between ancient , modern and postmodern societies, looking for links between psychopathology and major social containers: the relationship with economy and power; hypothesis on bridges between psychopathology and mass . Relationship between individual, family, group, mass states of mind. 7- Migration and mental health. Conflicts between social groups destructiveness and wars between Western and Eastern world. East and western kamikaze. 9- To know critical issues of the migratory journey,  of  social inclusion or exclusion aquiring skills on institutions. Migration as epochal events from a psychologic and geopolitical viewpoint

Program

First step: the course will be beginning from the history of Ethno-psychiatry, considering differences between organic solidarity care groups (primitive societies) and sectorial and individual group society (Western models), to better understand contemporary Western pathologies (eg, anorexia, bulimia, addictions and delusional ties) in order to identify meaningful differences of expression of diseases in different cultural areas.

Second step: the study of migratory path,  related to emotional suffering and to the age o f migrants, e.g. the problem of abandoned children and social integration.

Third step: the relationships between culture, health systems and expression of discomfort.

Fourth step: the treatment and support for health workers's mind are studied as well as team building  in health care for migrants or foreigners. During lessons we'll try to make an experience through groups of students and teachers , working  on the  impact of  different  states of mind, mostly those related to the work with other cultures and  with foreign patenits. It' will be possible to help foreign students to disclose their feelings related to their Erasmus experiences. In particular it is also addressed the difference between the concept of the clinicla group and that of ethnic group. We will study the concept of ethnic disorder, crisis and organization of containers ( family, social , cultural ) and their relationship with the  individual diseases; we will study the concept of group and  the individual \group relationship.

Bridging Courses

Social Psychology, English.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

In relation to teaching the student must show possession : - to have mastered the knowledge of specialized disciplines ; - The understanding of the advanced concepts of the discipline ; - The ability to use knowledge and concepts to think independently on the issues of the discipline .

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Besides to the texts of study ( see below ) , the course material will be provided with publications or articles from magazines relevant to the matter . It will be given a newspaper that is written by patients and cultural workers (Noialtri) as study case of the relationship between culture and psychopathology. As a supporting activity will be held a theathral show with patients and mental health workers.

Files availables and downloaded in personal dashboard  of  myself- and Ethnopsychopatology course in mobile blendend.uniurb.it


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lessons through experiential groups , where  learning is integrated in the way we share group experiences.  We'll alternate small groups work with general full group work, with an integration of lessons with multidisciplinary seminars or free visits to institutions. Presence of cultural mediators and operators of facilities for foreigners . Presentation of shared theatrical shows. Possible seminars integrated with other teachings. Learning  from experience of groups in the classroom . As a supporting activity will be held a theathral show with patients and mental health workers. It is ecouraged a personal production of texts merging from all these experiences.

It' will be possible to help foreign students to disclose their ideas related to  Erasmus experiences

Files availables and downloaded in personal dashboard  of  myself- and Ethnopsychopatology course in mobile blendend.uniurb.it

Attendance

recommended for the experiential nature of the course

Files availables and downloaded in personal dashboard  of  myself- and Ethnopsychopatology course in mobile blendend.uniurb.it

Course books

G. Devereux, Ethnopychiatry, (chapters 1,2,3,4,5); 100 pages, Karnac books london 1980

AAVV: N.34 (2015) – Group psychotherapy and border areas of contemporary psychiatry, Presentation Funzionegammajournal (www.funzionegamma.it), Università la Sapienza Roma. (versione  italiana e  inglese) first  5 chapters - free download

Comelli F. Psychic mental disorders in globalisation. From the field of family crisis to systems of care for addictions , anorexia and destructiveness between East and West . in press, 130 pag.

Assessment

oral examination

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

For those  non attending it'll be significant to understand the way to consider clinic  problems as suggested from texts.

Files availables and downloaded in personal dashboard  of  myself- and Ethnopsychopatology course in mobile blendend.uniurb.it

Attendance

recommended

Files availables and downloaded in personal dashboard  of  myself- and Ethnopsychopatology course in mobile blendend.uniurb.it

Course books

G. Devereux, Ethnopychiatry, (all chapters ); 200 pages, Karnac books london 1980

AAVV: N.34 (2015) – Group psychotherapy and border areas of contemporary psychiatry, Presentation Funzionegammajournal (www.funzionegamma.it), Università la Sapienza Roma. (versione  italiana e  inglese) all chapters  200 pages- free download

Comelli F. Psychic mental disorders in globalisation. From the field of family crisis to systems of care for addictions , anorexia and destructiveness between East and West . in press, 130 pag.

Files availables and downloaded in personal dashboard  of  myself- and Ethnopsychopatology course in mobile blendend.uniurb.it

Assessment

oral exam

Notes

Suggestions or issues linked with personal experiences that are consistent with the course are welcome, as well as proposals for activities to the group of students.

Files availables and downloaded in personal dashboard  of  myself- and Ethnopsychopatology course in mobile blendend.uniurb.it

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