Psychotherapeutic Intervention


At the end of the course, the students will obtain:

  • Knowledge about the complexity of clinical management and psychotherapeutic conversation.
  • Ability to identify and integrate emotions, goals, and psychological processes in understanding individual experiences.
  • Basic knowledge of the main methods of intervention in clinical psychology, including behavioral, cognitive, metacognitive, and motivational approaches
  • Basic knowledge about personal modes of functioning in the real world


Throughout the duration of this academic course, participants will engage in extensive exercises centered on clinical and psychological dialogues. Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic assessment, management of the therapeutic relationship, safeguarding of the therapeutic setting, and the structuring of transformative processes. The curriculum will incorporate the analysis of representative clinical cases and introduce the LIBET alongside initial aspects of leximetric research. Critical discussions will address challenges pertaining to treatment motivation and violations of the therapeutic setting.

The course will introduce techniques employed in clinical dialogues to enhance motivation for change and assess psychological distress and will offer insights into various intervention forms in clinical psychology, encompassing motivational, cognitive, behavioral, imaginative, and metacognitive approaches. The pedagogical approach encompasses theoretical instruction complemented by observational learning. The course is designed to equip students with the proficiency to integrate conventional clinical dialogue activities with diverse intervention techniques across multiple perspectives.

Course Syllabus:

  • Clinical Dialogue: Relationship Dynamics and Overview of Psychotherapy Research
  • Diagnostic Procedures in Clinical Dialogue
  • Objective Analysis and Emotional Assessment
  • Introduction to the LIBET and Leximetric Research
  • Ethical Considerations in Therapeutic Setting and Handling Violations
  • Applied Motivational Interviewing
  • Clinical dialogue in Rational-Emotive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Clinical dialogue in Standard Cognitive Therapy
  • Clinical dialogue in Metacognitive Therapy


The course assessment comprises a written exam and an oral evaluation. The written exam includes questions on lecture topics and recommended literature, serving as a prerequisite for the oral assessment. The oral assessment allows for a deeper exploration of knowledge and the critical analysis of various intervention methods. It can either enhance, lower, or confirm the written exam results, adhering to the academic standards of this course in psychological counseling.


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  • Gabbard, G.O., (2010) Introduzione alla psicoterapia psicodinamica, Raffaello Cortina Editore 
  • Femi Oyebode (2009) Introduzione alla psicopatologia descrittiva, Raffaello Cortina Editore
  • Rogers, C. (1987) Da persona a persona il problema di essere umani. Ed. Astrolabio
  • Sassaroli, S., Caselli, G., & Ruggiero, G. M. (2023) Capire il paziente. Guida alla formulazione del caso LIBET dalla teoria all’applicazione.
  • Miller, W.R., Rollnick, S. (2014). Il colloquio motivazionale. Aiutare le persone a cambiare. Erickson (CAPITOLI 1-7)
  • Melli, G.; Sica, C. (2018). Fondamenti di Psicologia e Psicoterapia Cognitivo Comportamentale. Trento: Erikson