The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in School Psychology prepares professionals capable of working within the complex requests moved within the school context.
By presenting different instruments, methods and practices, it stimulates a reasoned reflection on inter-subjective, relational and contextual mechanisms behind possible manifestations of discomfort, necessary to prepare plans suitable to the actual emerging needs.
It provides updates both on classic and on recent topics, linked to technological development and sustainability.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in School Psychology offers updated knowledge and training on path assessment, planning and implementation skills. The interventions include both contrast and – first and foremost – prevention and enhancement, addressing the entire school community, starting from an ecological model according to which possible expression of individual discomfort should be interpreted also systemically.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in School Psychology is addressed to psychologists interested in working in schools, or who already work in such context and wish to specialize further.
The typical occupation is the school psychologist, by accessing to tender calls periodically issued by School Directors, to tackle the increasing and emerging needs of students, teachers, professors and school staff.
The title is an access requirement to these tenders, and the project work, implemented as applicative training experience, may be an occasion to build a network, and start or strengthen a collaboration with school institutions.
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in School Psychology provides in-depth training on the following modules:
Module 1 – INTRODUCTION It provides a background of school psychology, with particular reference to the Italian context, by offering a historical framework and training on school legislation elements.
Module 2 – PREVENTION AND PROMOTION It provides tools and models of interventions in the following areas:
- Prevention of psychological discomfort
- Intervention methods and models
- Motivation of teachers, students, parents
- Promotion of organizational well-being
- New technologies: potential and limits
Module 3 – ENHANCEMENT Covers enhancement instruments and methods in the following areas:
- Inclusion and strategic enhancement
- Community assessment and network work
- Soft skills: creativity, resilience, decision-making skills, critical thinking.
Modulo 4: WELL-BEING It develops ideas to promote the physical-psychological well-being, also considering the environmental context, concerning:
- School environment and well-being
- Physical activity, sleep and health
The Second-level Short Specialisation Degree in School Psychology alternates in-classroom lessons with online activities that include both lessons and, mostly, the active student’s involvement, through cases and intervention plan development requests, with subsequent sharing and debates on the projects.
There will be four in-classroom sections, at Via Venezia 12, Padua. Specifically:
- One weekend of introduction to school psychology (15-16 December);
- One intensive week from 15 to 19 January, on promotion and prevention;
- One weekend in March (22-23) on resource enhancement;
- One weekend in May (24-25) on physical and environmental well-being.
There will be a project work to be completed by a final dissertation that will be discussed at the end of the course.
The rest of the activities will be carried out mainly online, with case resolution and project tasks, and subsequent online debates.
A minimum attendance of 70% (both lessons and activities) is required.
The general ranking of merit for the academic year 2023/24 will be published on the Italian page of this Master according to the timing provided in the Call.
Before the lessons begin (15 December 2023), students must possess a Master’s Degree in Psychology (LM-51), or, for previous systems, a Specialist or 5-Year Degree in Psychology.
The project work will relate to a topic agreed with the Master’s Director. Usually, it consists of a research-action actualized in the report of such experience, with possible effectiveness indications. In some cases, it may concern a methodological-bibliographical intervention.
Of course. The path ends with the discussion of a dissertation related to the project work, and the issuance of a Master Diploma in School Psychology, which is a title valid for participation in tender calls for school psychologists.