Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Antonello Colli Wednesday 13-14
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. 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: CLINICO
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Learning Objectives

The course aims to increase the student's knowledge in relation to main psychotherapy models through a critical / comparative vision based on the theoretical analysis of the constructs underlying the models but also in the light of the results of empirical research. A further objective of the teaching is the critical learning of some psychotherapy techniques, particularly related to the management of the therapeutic relationship as a non-specific therapeutic factor.


The initial part of the course will focus on the definition of psychotherapy in a broad sense, its differentiation from other forms of intervention (eg psychological support). The main psychotherapy models will be introduced (Dynamic, Cognitive, Family Therapy, MBT, DBT, TFP etc) and the differences in theoretical and applicative terms will be highlighted. In the central part of the course, particular attention will be given to the techniques of managing the therapeutic relationship, with particular emphasis on the strategies for resolving the breakdowns of the therapeutic alliance, the management of the transference and the methods of conducting clinical interviews. In the central part of the course a specific focus will be represented by the psychotherapy of patients with Personality Disorders. The final part of the course will focus on the results of empirical research in particular relating to the process and outcome of psychotherapies as well as on the problems inherent in the verification of effectiveness in the context of the international debate on the Evidence Base in psychotherapy.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding - Knowledge of the main models of psychotherapy both from a theoretical and an applicative point of view - Knowledge of the constructs and concepts presented relating to psychotherapy (therapeutic process; intervention style; therapeutic relationship) - understanding of the concepts and theories proposed, in relation to the methods of investigation and empirical conceptualization of the constructs investigated. Applied knowledge and understanding - Knowledge and understanding of the concepts and theories included in the course; - ability to use knowledge and concepts presented to reason independently on the issues of the discipline according to a triple perspective: theoretical, clinical and research. Autonomy of judgment - Ability to conceptualize in depth the key elements of psychotherapy; - ability to autonomously integrate the acquired knowledge according to a dialectical perspective that takes into consideration the clinical, theoretical and empirical dimension Communication skills. - Ability to analyze the fundamental concepts of psychotherapy and the technical principles of intervention; - ability to read and interpret the results of empirical research. Learning ability. The student must be able to construct his / her path in a critical and autonomous way, being able to correctly use the material provided by the teacher. These skills, as far as possible, will be stimulated by the teacher by proposing theoretical insights. The same will then be explained and discussed by the students themselves, during the lessons.

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

In addition to the lectures,  seminars on the therapy of personality disorders (6 hours) and practical exercises on the evaluation of some constructs within the clinical dialogue (3 hours) are planned.

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