ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY

ADOLESCENT PSYCHOTHERAPY

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Code
66957
ACADEMIC YEAR
2020/2021
CREDITS
1 credits during the 2nd year of 9286 PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION TECHNIQUE (L/SNT2) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
MED/25
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION TECHNIQUE)
semester
2° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Adolescent psychotherapy, given the complexity of the path of growth throughout adolescence, characterized by rapid emotional changes, sometimes conflicting and full of turmoil, needs to take account of considerations and modifications related to the used technique and to the setting. It is promoting and adding value to internal and external resources, both essential for the structuring and the remodeling of psychic world and social skills.

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course, the student should:

Understand adolescent dynamics and demonstrate to know which integrated psychotherapeutic interventions must be activated in case of psychological/psychiatric distress of the adolescent:   Understand the adolescent growing process, demonstrating knowledge of psychic mechanisms behind the overcoming complexity of physiological developmental needs.
Recognize most frequent psychopathologies of the adolescence, considering diagnostic difficulties during a transition phase.
Demonstrate knowledge of the mechanisms of “setting” in adolescent psychotherapy and the capacity to motivate such therapeutic peculiarities.
Gain knowledge of dynamics and the risk of suicide during the adolescence.
Gain knowledge of prevalence data on main mental disorders during the adolescence.
Acquire communicative competence and skills using the specific terminology of the subject matter.

Teaching methods

Four frontal lessons, each lasting 2 hours and half .
Support slides will be discussed and detailed by the professor.

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Adolescent psychotherapy, given the complexity of the path of growth throughout adolescence, characterized by rapid emotional changes, sometimes conflicting and full of turmoil, needs to take account of considerations and modifications related to the used technique and to the setting.
While maintaining the theoretical models used with adults, the therapist must adopt an inner attitude which could allow a valid therapeutic alliance, taking into consideration the aspects of narcissistic vulnerability  that characterize the different stages of adolescence. 
Therapeutic interaction between the adolescent patient, parents and the therapist provides the opportunity to promote and add value to internal and external resources, both essential for the structuring and the remodeling of psychic world and social skills.

Syllabus:

Part 1

• Psych evaluation of the adolescent

• Adolescence and development of personality

• Externalization of conflicts

Part 2

• Narcissistic vulnerability in adolescence

• Adolescents and somatization

• Self-harm in adolescence.

Part 3

• Mood disorders in adolescence

• Depression in adolescence

• Risk factors and protective factors.

• Depressione in adolescence outcome

• Onset bipolar disorder

Part 4

• Therapeutic network and healing environment

• Operators interactions

• Rehabilitation

• Clinical case and discussion

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Slides and other teaching material, if requested, will be provided online to students.
All class contents will be sufficient theoretical elements for exam preparation. 
For more detailed material on the topics that will be discussed, I suggest the following texts:

Jemmet Ph. (1990°) Psicopatologia dell’adolescenza, Borla, Roma.

Albero D. (a cura di) (2004) Psicoterapie dell’adolescente. Setting, relazione trattamento, FrancoAngeli, Milano

Pelanda E. (a cura di), (2003) Il tentativo di suicidio in adolescenza, FrancoAngeli, Milano

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: simona.penati@hsanmartino.it

Exam Board

SIMONA PENATI (President)

GIOVANNI CORSINI

MAURIZIO BUCCA

DONATELLA CAVANNA (President and Coordinator of Integrated Course)

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Four frontal lessons, each lasting 2 hours and half .
Support slides will be discussed and detailed by the professor.

 

LESSONS START

March

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam can be sit only in oral form.
Two open-ended questions will be asked in relation to the topics discussed during class.

 

Assessment methods

The exam will mainly concentrate on the topics discussed in frontal lessons and it will aim at evaluating  theoretical preparation, related to the achievement of an adequate knowledge of the subject matter, as well as the ability to process, in term of personal reflection, all the provided contents, displaying a relevant understanding of the dynamics underlying the peculiar issues of adolescence phase.
The student must also display the acquisition of a specific terminology of the subject matter.

 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
16/06/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
07/07/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale
22/09/2021 11:00 GENOVA Orale