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Subject: HUMAN SCIENCES APPLIED TO TO (A.A. 2023/2024)


Course year 3
Teaching units Unit Psicologia clinica
Human Sciences and Psychopedagogy (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: M-PSI/08 CFU: 1
Teachers: Tania BEDOGNI
Unit Psicologia dinamica
Human Sciences and Psychopedagogy (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: M-PSI/07 CFU: 1
Teachers: Tania BEDOGNI
Unit SITNR_TO in Area infantile avanzata
Occupational Therapy (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: MED/48 CFU: 2
Teachers: Elena RIVI
Unit SITNR_TO in geriatria
Occupational Therapy (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: MED/48 CFU: 2
Teachers: Andrea FABBO, Alessandro LANZONI
Unit SITNR_TO in Oncologia
Occupational Therapy (lesson)
  • TAF: Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class SSD: MED/48 CFU: 1
Teachers: Heather Lorraine HAMMOND
Exam type oral
Evaluation final vote
Teaching language Italiano
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Alessandro LANZONI
Andrea FABBO
Elena RIVI
Heather Lorraine HAMMOND


This course addresses advanced clinical practice issues in Occupational Therapy, with a focus on the personal complexities of health and disability across the lifespan.

- OT in psychology: Starting from reference theories, this module will provide applicative elements (with respect to the main psychopathologies) of Clinical Psychology and Dynamic Psychology in practicing Occupational Therapy.
1) Stimulate awareness of the value of relational styles and the operator's emotional reactions to ensure the success of the treatment and rehabilitation intervention, with particular focus on possible resources and critical issues that may arise.
2) Guide the multidisciplinary team to understand the potential of group working, both to orient themselves within the care relationship and to promote professional growth.
3) Provide basic knowledge about the Quality of Life construct for people with disabilities in order to orient future Occupational Therapists to interventions that take into account a values approach to individualized planning according to the eight-domain model of Schalock and Verdugo Alonso (2006).
4) Provide application and self-assessment elements aimed at promoting self-determination, safeguarding the person with disabilities (temporary or permanent) right to choose.

- OT in pediatrics: To define the characteristics of the role of the Occupational Therapist in pediatrics; translate theory into future work practice; remember the stages of the occupational therapy process; design a case-specific intervention plan using the occupational therapy process.

- OT in geriatrics: To develop the ability of clinical reasoning of Occupational Therapy with the elderly patient; to know the main rehabilitative methodologies in geriatric syndromes with particular reference to dementia, risk of fall, delirium.

- OT in oncology: To develop clinical reasoning as an Occupational Therapy practitioner with cancer patients, to know the main cancer and rehabilitative methodologies in the management of the most common tumors; to understand the long-term effects of cancer and treatment side effects.

Admission requirements

Enrolled in the Occupational Therapy program at UNIMORE.

Course contents

The integrated course "Human sciences applied to OT" is comprised of:
Clinical psychology (1 CFU)
Dynamic psychology (1 CFU)
SITNR: OT in pediatrics (advanced) (2 CFU)
SITNR – OT in geriatrics (1 CFU)
SITNR – OT in oncology (1 CFU)

Teaching methods

OT in psychology: Lessons will include presentations by the professor and active involvement with students to apply learning to real situations (preferably solicited by the students). Case simulations will be set up with the students to allow them to practice observation and the exchange of operator-user roles. OT in pediatrics: Lessons will alternate between didactic lessons in large groups, work in small groups and individual exercises. OT in geriatrics: Lectures; Discussion of clinical cases in small groups. OT in oncology: Lectures; Discussion of clinical cases in small groups.

Assessment methods

Students need to pass the following 4 exams for this course: 1) OT in psychology (clinical and dynamic) – with Prof. Bedogni 2) OT in pediatrics – with Prof. Rivi 3) OT in geriatrics – with Prof. Fabbo and Prof. Lanzoni 4) OT in oncology – with Prof. Hammond When the student has successfully completed all 4 exams, a final grade will be calculated which is the average of these 4 exams. Modality: - OT in psychology: The oral exam - which will be held at the end of the lessons - will consist of 5 questions plus the oral presentation of a chapter chosen by the student among the chapters, 5, 6,7,8,9,10 of the textbook “Cottini L. , (2016) Self-determination in people with disabilities, Trento, Erickson". The 5 questions from the professor will be distributed as follows: 2 questions of a notional type: knowledge, appropriateness of language and accuracy of definitions will be assessed, as well as the authorial references of the subject in question. 3 applicative questions: starting from the exemplification of possible cases (of type referable to those discussed in class) the student will be asked to articulate application hypotheses knowing how to recover the methodology and theory treated in class and present in the compulsory texts provided for in the program. Each question, as well as the exposition of the chosen chapter, will have a maximum value of 5 points for a total of 30 points. Honors will be given if the student demonstrates: - agility and safety in the recovery of notions in relation to their possible application, - personalization and processing of content according to one's own point of view, even in the face of experience gained in the classroom. Total time of the oral exam about 20 minutes. The results will be published on the esse3 platform within 3 days of carrying out the test. - OT in pediatrics: During the whole course of the lessons there will be moments of verification of learning through exercises and group work. A final check will then be made which consists of a written paper where you will be asked to devise a treatment plan. - OT in geriatrics: Discussion within the class during the lessons; Oral exposure following open questions of clinical reasoning; Oral clinical case; Appropriate use of clinical and rehabilitative terminology. - OT in oncology: Discussion during the lessons; Written exam with open questions about a clinical scenario and methodological theory in oncology; Appropriate use of occupational therapy clinical terminology; Demonstration of clinical reasoning.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the impact of disabilities, including how to assess and intervene as an occupational therapist.

- OT in psychology:
AUTONOMY OF JUDGMENT: autonomous and critical reflection on the course contents;
COMMUNICATION SKILLS: ability to argue in an effective, concise and rigorous way the concepts learned
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: of the main theoretical and methodological approaches of clinical and dynamic psychology applied to the relationship of care and rehabilitation; the value of the relational styles and emotional reactions of the operator to ensure the success of the intervention; the potential of the multidisciplinary team; the Quality of Life construct for people with disabilities and the values ​​paradigm; the importance of self-determination as a safeguard of the right to choose the person with disabilities (temporary or permanent).
ABILITY TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: about the relational complexity of the care relationship with particular attention to the emotional aspects related to the subject's self-determination.
LEARNING SKILLS: understood as mastery of the contents and their applications in the main psychopathological cases treated

- OT in pediatrics:
At the end of the course the students will be able to:
1) define the role of the occupational therapist in the developmental age;
2) devising a treatment plan in developmental age;
3) share their goals with the members of the rehabilitation network

- TO in geriatrics:
Students will be able to propose specific rehabilitation treatments for elderly patients by explaining the reasons for the strategies discussed. They will also have to know the main approaches of Occupational Therapy in geriatric syndromes described in the literature and discussed in class. Finally, students should be able to use the specific clinical and rehabilitation terminology correctly.

- OT in oncology:
Students should be able to propose evaluations and rehabilitation treatments for cancer patients, based on the purpose of Occupational Therapy. They will have to report the scientific evidence for the approaches used and be able to use oncology-specific clinical terminology.


- TO in psicologia:
Testi obbligatori:
• Cottini L., (2016) L’autodeterminazione nelle persone con disabilità, Trento, Erickson”.a scelta, da portare all’esame uno tra i sei capitoli (5,6,7,8,9,10)
• Franchini R., (2021) Elogio della scomodità. Dal paradigma funzionale a quello esistenziale: cosa occorre cambiare nel modo di operare con la disabilità? Universability. La rivista. La qualità della Vita…in pratica N.0 Maggio. Brescia, Vannini Editoria Scientifica. Articolo consultabile e scaricabile online
• Speziale R., (2021) Qualità della Vita e diritti umani Universability. La rivista. La qualità della Vita…in pratica N.0 Maggio. Brescia, Vannini Editoria Scientifica. Articolo consultabile e scaricabile online
• Pani R., Biolcati R., Sagliaschi S., (2009) Psicologia clinica e psicopatologia per l’educazione e la formazione, Bologna, Il Mulino. Solamente cap. I, II, III (escluso punto 2.), VIII, IX
• materiale presentato a lezione

Letture caldamente consigliate
• Cottini L., (2016) L’autodeterminazione nelle persone con disabilità, Trento, Erickson.
• Nuzzo A., (2021) Indipendenza, autonomia, autodeterminazione: di cosa stiamo parlando? Universability. La rivista. Indipendenza. N.1 ottobre. Brescia, Vannini Editoria Scientifica. articolo consultabile e scaricabile online
• Rizzolatti G., Gnoli A., (2018) In te mi specchio. Per una scienza dell’empatia, BUR
• Yalom I. D., (2010) Le lacrime di Nietzsche, Neri Pozza

Bibliografia di approfondimento
• Sanavio E., Cornoldi C., 2017 terza edizione aggiornata con DSM-5. Psicologia Clinica, Bologna, Il Mulino
• Amadei G., Cavanna D., Zavattini G.C., (2015) Psicologia Dinamica, Bologna, Il Mulino
• Francescutti C., Faini M., Corti S., Leoni M., a cura di (2016). Disabilità: servizi per l’abitare e sostegni per l’inclusione, manuale applicativo della norma UNI 11010:2016, Santarcangelo di Romagna, Maggioli Editore
• Gabbard G.O., Psichiatria psicodinamica, Quinta edizione basata sul DSM-5, Milano, Raffaella Cortina Editore

- TO in area infantile:
• Case-Smith, J. & Clifford O’Brien, J. (2015). «Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolecents. Seventh Edition.». – Missouri: Elsevier Mosby;
• Creek. J. (2010). «The Core Concepts of Occupational Therapy: A Dynamic Framework for
Practice».- Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Copyright;
• Kramer, P. & Hinojosa J. (2010). «Frames of reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy.
3rd Edition.». - Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Lippincott Williams &Wilikn

- TO in geriatria:
Verranno forniti articoli scientifici a supplemento dei temi trattati nel corso delle lezioni.

- TO in oncologia:
• Stout N.L., Santa Mina D., Lyons K.D., Robb K., Silver J.K. (2021) A systematic review of rehabilitation and exercise recommendations in oncology guidelines. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Vol. 71, p. 149–175.
College of Occupational Therapists, HOPE The Specialist Section of Occupational Therapists in HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Palliative Care and Education (2004). Occupational therapy intervention in cancer. Guidance for professionals, managers and decision-makers. London. COT.
• Cooper, J. (Ed.) (2006) Occupational Therapy in Oncology and Palliative Care. 2nd edition. Wiley & Sons: Sussex, England.