Second cycle degree in

Clinical developmental psychology

Class: LM-51 - Psychology

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Class LM-51 - Psychology
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Tuition fees and scholarships
Programme coordinator ALESSANDRA SIMONELLI
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Reference structures Department of developmental psychology and socialisation, School of psychology

A course that deepens the study of the cognitive and affective-relational development in typical and atypical pathways of adolescents and in families. Students study the risk factors and mechanisms of psychopathology using methods of observation, assessment, diagnosis, and the psychological treatment leading up to evaluation and intervention. The multidisciplinary approach of laboratory and internship activities offers students cutting-edge clinical and research models that can be used internationally. Students will be able to operate in public and private environments and contribute to the implementation of prevention, protection or recovery measures for the psychological well-being of minors and families, as well as supporting the developmental and implementation factors needed for prevention.

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Characteristics and objectives
The second cycle degree course in Developmental Clinical Psychology prepares the students for the profession of Psychologist (after postgraduate training, the State Examination, and the enrollment in a Regional Register for Psychologists - Section A).
A strong multidisciplinary approach, as well as the integration between methods belonging to the current clinical and research models in developmental clinical psychology, structure the course offer.
This is reflected by the organization of the course offer, the contents provided, and the organization of the individual lessons, in which students will have the oportunity to learn from most updated contents.
The second cycle degree course furnishes theoretical knowledge and operational tools, useful for the training of skilled professionals working in the clinical practice and in research contexts.

The Master’s degree in Developmental Clinical Psychology is organized in two main curricula:

- Developmental Clinical Psychology
- Sport Psychology in the lifecycle

The second cycle degree course in Developmental Clinical Psychology is characterized by the adoption of an integrated approach to the assessment and the description of typical developmental pathways. At the same time, the graduate will be able to identify atypical, dysfunctional and psychopathological features, with particular attention to new pathologies emerging in children, adolescents and families (Eg. new addictions, psychopathology and interventions in early childhood, research in psychotherapy, the parental function, etc.). In the same way, the central aspects of the course are derived from the most innovative contributions of Infant Research, Developmental Neuropsychology, Cognitive Sciences and Methodology for clinical setting.

The second cycle degree course in Developmental Clinical Psychology (curricula in Developmental Clinical Psychology) is based on the study of cognitive and affective-relational development in typical, atypical and / or dysfunctional trajectories, risk factors and psychopathology. Moreover, students will have the opportunity to study methods of observation, assessment, diagnosis, prevention, psychological treatment, and of effectiveness. The structure of the course represents an answer to the need for a master course rooted in the evidence based approaches, and that includes the focus on cognitive sciences and clinical methodology. The course also includes a part of the teaching provided in form of laboratories, and with the help of laboratory facilities, equipped for clinical developmental research. Finally, the second cycle degree course posit internship activities, that might be carried out within the University and in qualified structures of the region/country.

The degree course in Sport Lifecycle Psychology has a distinctive characteristic which responds to workplace evermore requiring demands of a professional psychologist, who is not only specialised in the maximisation of psychological resources linked to sport and performance, but also in the promotion of the psychophysical well-being of persons practicing sport at various levels, observing individual health levels and the positive repercussions at a relational level during the entire lifecycle.
The educational training received in Clinical Development Psychology (Sport Lifecycle Psychology) is based on the in depth study of the development relevant to the dynamics of the physical activity and sport (at base and competitive levels); relative psychological aspects of the sport particularly concentrating on childhood to adolescence, the foundations of Sport Lifecycle Psychology; including general areas of psychology containing behavioural sciences data analysis, the psychology of sport efficiency and the decision-making processes in sport; lastly, it includes the clinical area through clinical assessment of physical abilities, psychophysical health, psychopathology and dependency. The programme involves educational training under the form of laboratories with the aim of providing students with technical competencies, methods and research intervention tools in the Sport Psychology sector and the in sector of human development. The training programme includes internships internally or at an organisation/facility/institution/community located in the area.

Occupational opportunities
After a one-year postgraduate internship and the State Examination, the graduate in Developmental Clinical Psychology is allowed to access to the Regional Registers for Psychologists. He/She will also have all requirements for the enrollment in the Schools of Specialization in Psychotherapy.
The Developmental Clinical Psychologist (curricula in Developmental Clinical Psychology) can pursue the following occupational careers: (a) Psychotherapy: competencies of observation, diagnosis, and prevention, acquired during the Master degree, will be deepened through the psychotherapeutic training and then applied in the clinical work with Health Services taking dealing with children and families. Here, the Developmental Clinical Psychologist will work in both public and private contexts, and will contribute to the implementation of interventions aimed at the prevention, protection or recovery; (B) Research career in clinical contexts (e.g. with at-risk samples); here, the graduate in Developmental Clinical Psychology can attempt to National and International Doctoral Programs, thanks to the methodological, statistical, and experimental skills gained during the second cycle degree course. Indeed, the second cycle degree course's curriculum is in line with the most up-to-date models and research methods available and shared worldwide by the Scientific community.

The Developmental Clinical Psychologist (curricula in Developmental Clinical Psychology) can pursue the following occupational careers: (a) a career in which the specific competencies in Sport Psychology can be applied in diverse contexts, such as professional organisations of various sports and at sporting federations and associations; in primary, middle schools and high schools to develop sports education programmes; childhood and adolescent services offered by local associations and ASL public health services to develop plans for the promotion of health and sport practiced by those of all ages and to monitor such interventions in the area; in university sporting associations; in gyms, in fitness centres and organisations; in sport-recreational centres in tourism-hospitality facilities, in public and private teaching centres, in sporting structures where physical activity is practiced or those of mental-physical rehabilitation, physical activity or sport; as self-employed professionals, independently or in the sector of multi-disciplinary consultation offices which offer services in psychology.
(b) a career in research, as researchers in public and private studies and research centres including post-degree further education (eg: doctorate research) in national and international environments.

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Training

I Year RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL ETICHS IN PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 3] DATA ANALYSIS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY AND FUNCTIONAL FOUNDATIONS OF NORMAL AND ABNORMAL EMOTIONS [CFU 6] DEVELOPMENTAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF WELL-BEING [CFU 6] RISK FACTORS IN NEWBORNS AND INFANTS [CFU 3] CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF ADOLESCENTS [CFU 3] ATTACHMENT ASSESSMENT BY THE ADULT ATTACHMENT INTERVIEW [CFU 3] METHODS OF FAMILY INTERACTION ASSESSMENT [CFU 3] DESIGNING PSYCHOLOGY-BASED INTERVENTIONS [CFU 3] SOFT SKILLS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE [CFU 3] PEDIATRIC PAIN ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTIONS [CFU 3] EARLY MARKERS OF ATYPICAL DEVELOPMENT [CFU 6] ADOLESCENCE AND SPORT [CFU 6] FOUNDATIONS OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY IN THE LIFE CYCLE [CFU 6] MODELS AND METHODS FOR THE PREVENTION OF ADJUSTMENT PROBLEMS IN ADOLESCENCE [CFU 6] CHILD HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] DEVELOPMENTAL COGNITIVE AND SOCIAL NEUROSCIENCE [CFU 6] BIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHODYNAMIC BASIS OF PARENTING [CFU 6] CLINICAL PSYCHODYNAMIC MODELS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS [CFU 6] CLINICAL ASSESSMENT OF MOTOR COMPETENCE [CFU 6] FUNCTIONAL AND COGNITIVE BASIS OF INTERSUBJECTIVITY [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE [CFU 6] II Year WORK PLACEMENT AND WORKSHOP [CFU 16] CLINICAL DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY [CFU 6] DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY (ADVANCED) [CFU 6] POLICY AND ORGANISATION OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVICES [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY OF DECISION-MAKING IN SPORT [CFU 6] SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS AND NEW ADDICTIONS IN DEVELOPMENTAL AGE [CFU 6] PSYCHOLOGY, POWER AND MENTAL HEALTH [CFU 6] ELEMENTS OF PEDIATRICS [CFU 6] CHILD NEUROPSYCHIATRY [CFU 6] POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT IN DEVELOPMENTAL AGE [CFU 3] MOTOR ACTIVITY 0-6 YEARS OF LIFE [CFU 3] METHODS OF OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF ADULT-CHILD INTERACTIONS [CFU 3] SPORT PSYCHOLOGY CAREERS: MARKETING STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES [CFU 3] CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT EVALUATION [CFU 6]