Methods and fields of activity of clinical-psychological intervention


At the end of the course, student will acquire: 

  • a basic knowledge concerning the identification of adequate goals related to a clinical psychological intervention, with a special attention on client-therapist interpersonal processes
  • a basic knowledge regarding clinical strategies from different evidence-based approaches (i.e., cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, humanistic) needed to support the working alliance and motivation for treatment
  • a basic knowledge about clinical strategies needed to facilitate therapeutic progresses referring to acceptance and change mechanisms, which are included in different evidence-based approaches
  • a basic knowledge of application of clinical strategies for addressing different clinical problems transdiagnostically, within different therapeutic setting (e.g., individual, group, couples, community)


The course will be focused on the acquisition of a basic knowledge for definition of therapeutic goals and strategies needed to achieve them with a special attention to interpersonal processes within the therapeutic relationship. 

Specifically, the course will show how different evidence-based approaches address some key aspects commonly characterising a clinical psychological intervention. 

Accordingly, the following topics will be considered in the light of different theoretical frameworks (i.e., cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, humanistic): 

  • goals setting linked to a clinical psychological intervention 
  • working alliance
  • motivation for treatment
  • acceptance and change strategies needed to support a clinical psychological intervention
  • addressing clinical problems transdiagnostically: emotion regulation, impulsivity, dissociation, interpersonal problems


The final exam will be an oral test on topics discussed during the lessons through the presentation of slides provided by professor. References are supplementary materials for voluntary in-depth analyses


Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (2016). Mentalization based treatment for personality disorders: A practical guide. Oxford University Press.

Foa, E. B., Hembree, F. A., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2007). Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD (Second Edition): Therapist Guide. Oxford university press

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., & Wilson, K. G. (2011). Acceptance and commitment therapy: The process and practice of mindful change. Guilford press.

Linehan, M. M. (1993). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of borderline personality disorder. Guilford Publications.

Linehan, M. (2014). DBT Skills training manual. Guilford Publications.

Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2012). Motivational interviewing: Helping people change. Guilford press.

Mucci, C. (2018). Beyond individual and collective trauma: Intergenerational transmission, psychoanalytic treatment, and the dynamics of forgiveness. Routledge.

Yeomans, F. E., Clarkin, J. F., & Kernberg, O. F. (2002). A primer of transference-focused psychotherapy for the borderline patient. Jason Aronson.