Italian Board of Academic Clinical Psychologists
National Board of Italian Psychologists
DEVELOPING CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND TRAINING.
AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE: EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA
Catholic University of Milan, Italy
July 15, 2009
GOAL: This International Seminar will expand participants’ knowledge of European and United States
models of clinical psychology training and the accrediting systems that support them.
Several training programs of excellence from a number of countries will be described, and similarities and
differences will be explored.
Within the context of the upcoming introduction of University Postgraduate Schools of Clinical Psychology,
the Seminar will identify critical issues in a one-day intensive program.
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS: This Seminar is offered in collaboration with:
► The Postgraduate School of Psychology “Agostino Gemelli”, Catholic University (ASAG)
► Regione Lombardia (RL)
► The National Board of Italian Psychologists (NBIP)
► The Italian Board of Academic Clinical Psychologists (IBACP)
9:30 – 11:30 am Session 1 – Accrediting systems: How to sustain excellence?
Aim: To address how accrediting systems may sustain successful and quality training programs. The
following questions will be addressed:
► Is there a common core within clinical psychology education?
► What does excellence mean?
► How much educational “creativity” is possible facing with normative-bureaucratic impediments?
- Linda Garcia-Shelton (USA): Achieving excellence: Finding the necessary balance between 'core' and
- Judy E. Hall (USA): Quality assurance and accountability for Doctoral training in psychology
11:30 – 11:45 am Break
11:45 – 1:30 pm Session 2 – Programs of excellence: What can the US experience offer?
Aim: To discuss the crucial steps within the North American educational process in clinical psychology, and
to present two different examples of excellence in those programs. The following questions will be
►What are the candidates’ selection criteria?
►What is the importance given to supervised practice in different clinical settings (i.e. individual, couple,
family, group, and organization practice)?
►What is the importance given to research skills and implementation?
►What does the evaluation process and outcome consist of?
►Who is responsible for this evaluation?
- Linda Garcia-Shelton (USA) & Judy E. Hall (USA): Models of education and training explicated
1:30 – 2:30 pm Lunch
2:30 – 5:00 pm Session 3 – Programs of excellence: What can the EU experience offer?
Aim: To discuss the crucial steps within the European educational process in clinical psychology, and to
present several different examples of excellence in those programs.
►All the questions outlined above for Session 2 will be addressed in Session 3 also. Particularly, family
therapy training (Italy and UK) and clinical psychology (UK, National Health System) will be presented and
- Rodolfo de Bernart (I) & Peter Stratton (UK): Using systemic therapy as a basis for training: Differential
contributions of experiential and non verbal (Southern Europe) vs. conversational (Northern Europe)
- Graham Turpin (UK): Training clinical psychologists and psychological therapists within the UK National
5:00 – 6:00 pm Session 4 – Which are the Core Training Competencies for Postgraduate Schools of Clinical
Aim: All presenters and discussants will try to define a shared core across all programs in terms of training
goals and structure.
PRESENTERS AND DISCUSSANTS:
Cigoli, Vittorio (Catholic University, Milan – Professor of Clinical Psychology and ASAG Director)
de Bernart, Rodolfo (Family Therapy Institute of Florence – Director; European Association for
Psychotherapy – President)
Garcia-Shelton, Linda (California Psychology Internship Council – Executive Director; California School of
Professional Psychology, Alliant International University – Visiting Professor)
Hall, Judy E. (National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology – Executive Officer)
Margola, Davide (Catholic University, Milan – Researcher of Clinical Psychology)
Molinari, Enrico (Catholic University, Milan – Professor of Clinical Psychology; Regione Lombardia
Psychologists’ Association – President)
Palma, Giuseppe Luigi (National Board of Italian Psychologists – President)
Stratton, Peter (University of Leeds, Leeds Family Therapy and Research Centre – Professor of Family
Tonzar, Claudio (University of Urbin – Professor of Clinical Psychology; Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia
Psychologists’ Association – President; National Board of Italian Psychologists – Vice President)
Turpin, Graham (University of Sheffield, Psychology Department – Head and Professor of Clinical
Veglia, Fabio (University and Polytechnic, Turin – Professor; Schools of Cognitive Psychotherapy –
► Other discussants will take part to this Seminar.
► Brief translation will be provided.
► The Seminar is addressed to members of NBIP and IBACP as well as other academics that might be
interested in the topic of Clinical Psychology Postgraduate Schools implementation.
► The Seminar is free of charge and upon invitation.
► Up to 60 people will be accepted for participation.
► To request to participate, you must send an email to the following address: email@example.com
► The final program will soon be available at: www.scuolapsigemelli.it
► The Seminar will be held at the Via Nirone 15 building, Clinical Psychology SubDepartment, ASAG
main site. The building is located close to Cadorna M2/M1 underground station.