PSYCHIATRY | Università degli studi di Bergamo

PSYCHIATRY

Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Codice dell'attività formativa: 
640012-ENG

Scheda dell'insegnamento

Per studenti immatricolati al 1° anno a.a.: 
2019/2020
Insegnamento (nome in italiano): 
PSYCHIATRY
Insegnamento (nome in inglese): 
Psychiatry
Tipo di attività formativa: 
Attività formativa Affine/Integrativa
Tipo di insegnamento: 
Obbligatoria
Settore disciplinare: 
PSCHIATRIA (MED/25)
Anno di corso: 
2
Anno accademico di offerta: 
2020/2021
Crediti: 
6
Altri docenti: 

Altre informazioni sull'insegnamento

Modalità di erogazione: 
Didattica Convenzionale
Lingua: 
Inglese
Ciclo: 
Secondo Semestre
Obbligo di frequenza: 
No
Ore di attività frontale: 
30
Ore di studio individuale: 
120
Ambito: 
Attività formative affini o integrative
Prerequisites

Michel Foucault (1972): “History of madness” – Routledge, 2006
Ronald Laing (1960): “The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness” – Penguin Classics, 2010

Educational goals

At the end of this course, the student will:

1. Understand the approach of Psychodynamic Psychiatry in clinical practice;
2. Complete a thorough history taking and conduct an initial assessment;
3. Become familiar with the clinical presentation of the most common mental disorders;
4. Recognise symptoms and signs of severe and enduring mental illness;
5. Understand the available treatments commonly used in psychiatry;
6. Understand the place of the medical psychiatric approach within the multidisciplinary care of psychiatric patients;
7. Proficiently work with psychiatrists within multidisciplinary teams.

Course content

Week 1: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRY

Day 1: Mind, brain, psyche
Normality and pathology: definitions
Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychiatry

Day 2: The psychiatric patient: characteristics, dynamics, requests.
The psychiatrist and the therapeutic relationship.
The use of psychotropic medications: psychodynamic aspects and critical
considerations.

Day 3: The first psychiatric interview – history taking and clinical assessment

Week 2: CLINICAL PSCHIATRY 1 - PSYCHOSES

Day 1: Schizophrenia

Day 2: Bipolar affective disorder

Day 3: The psychotic experience

Week 3: CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY 2 - PERSONALITY DISORDERS

Day 1: Personality disorders: general characteristics and classification
Emotionally unstable personality disorder

Day 2: Narcissistic personality disorder

Day 3: Antisocial personality disorder

Teaching methods

Formal presentations on each topic;
Clinical vignettes;
Questions and answers sessions;
Students will be encouraged to present their clinical experience for group discussion.

Assessment and Evaluation

• A dissertation of 5000 words (+/- 10%) - excluding references
• The topic will be chosen by the candidate, within or outside the course topics
• The candidate chooses the structure of the dissertation according to the topic (i.e., a case presentation will be different from a literature review)
• It is recommended to verify the appropriateness of the topic with the teacher in advance
• The quality of the literature search will be evaluated, together with the development of the dissertation topic and the structure given to the dissertation
• References can be presented in a format chosen by the candidate (Harvard or others)
• The dissertation is to be emailed to the teacher in word version
• Email address: micol.ascoli@nhs.net
• The deadline for the completion of the dissertation will be 14 days prior to the chosen exam date

Further information

Attending and non-attending students take the same exam.

If the teaching is taught in mixed mode or remotely, changes can be made compared to what is stated in the syllabus to make the course and exams usable also in these ways.