Basic knowledge of Dynamic Psychology, some neuroscientific developmental principles, attachment styles and dynamics..
At the end of the course the student should have acquired :
a) a basic knowledge of the concept of healthy and disfunctional personality organizations, based on DSM-5 and PDM-2, including the capacity to recognize defenses and dynamics of functioning of the various personality organizations and disorders, and the levels of severity of the personality (neurotic, borderline, psychotic) and to understand and evaluate affect regulatios and dysregulation of mind-body-brain systems;
b) a clear knowledge of the differences in the diagnoses between PTSD as in DSM-5 and Complex PTSD as in PDM-2 and the implications for the treatment, including the capacity to dynamically evaluate and assess levels of trauma of human agency and their destructive effects in individuals and society distinguishing them from the effects of other kinds of traumatizations due to natural catastrophies and accidents;
c) the capacity to distinguish and evaluate and assess the various personality disorders: how to diagnose personalities that are hysteric/hystrionic, borderline (high and low functioning), narcissistic and malignant narcissist, schizoid, paranoid, antisocial at the borderline level of severity according to DSM-5 and PDM-2;
e) a basic knowledge of how to predispose and intervention psychodynamically oriented with personality disorders, through techniques for intervention: TFP, Transfenced focused psychotherapy, devised by Otto Kernberg; MBT (Mentalization Based Treatment, devised by Peter Fonagy); Affect Regulation Therapy for Personality Disorders (Mucci and Schore); and some elements of DBT (Dialectival Behavioral Therapy) as deviced by Marsha Linehan.
Psychodynamic diagnosis of personality disorders according to DSM-5, PDM-2 and in the clinical intervention presented by other psychodinamic theories, such as Nancy McWiliams, Otto Kernberg and Glenn Gabbard.
Evaluation of levels of traumatizations, PTSD (as in DSM) and PTSD complex (PDM-2) and recognition of attachment styles, levels of dissociations and mdalities of intergerational trasmission according to the theories of Allan Schore, Giovanni Liotti, Benedetto Farina and Clara Mucci, including the synthesis presented by Glen Gabbard on the evaluaton and treatment of personality disorders, attachment styles and traumatic developments.
Dysfunctional traits of the following personalities: hysteric/Hystrionic, borderline (high and low functioning), narcissist and malignant narcissist, schizoid, paranoid and their major defenses and evolutional structure.
Psychoanalytic theories of trauma from Freud to Ferenczi to Bromberg and theories of dissociation. Examples of how to use treatments for personality disorders: TFP (Kernberg), MBT (Fonagy), major features of DBT (Linehan) and Affect Regulation Therapy for Personality Disorders (Mucci).
The course consists of lectures and discussions on the material assigned. Case examples (from the texts) will be analysed to better illustrate the modalities of diagnoses and intervenions and how to formulate the assessment.
The evaluation will take place through an oral exam which should evaluate the actual understanding of the material read, a critical discussion of what had been learned and the acquisition of the educational goals predicted. Thre is no in-between exam before the end of the course.
A pass is 18/30, the maximum score is 30/30 cum laude.
Erasmus students should contact the instructor of the course as soon as possible to prepare an appropriate program.
If the course is taught in blended or distance learning modes, there will be possible changes to make the lessons and the exams more suitable for these learning modes.