School recognized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (M.I.U.R.) with Directorial Decree 21-10-2004 (O.G. 9 November 2004, n. 263)
Prof. Erminio Gius (Guarantor), Prof. Maria Armezzani, Dott. Massimo Giliberto.
The pedagogy, the syllabus and the organization of the I.C.P. school of Psychotherapy reflect, the ethical mission and the innovative spirit of radical constructivism. This approach (through the re-reading of authors such as G.A. Kelly, G. Bateson, E. von Glasersfeld, K. Gergen, H. Maturana and Varela) looks at a person in their entirety as an active builder of theories, engaged in interpreting their world and in creating - through language, the negotiation of meanings and shared narratives - the social context in which they live.
Within this frame of reference, which, compared to the clinical and psychological approaches still prevalent, is at the same time rigorous and revolutionary, candidates are trained in various fields of therapy or, more broadly, of change: individual, family, group, organization, and company systems.
In accord with this approach, the personal evolution of each candidate, his or her formative and research choices, as well as the evolution of the class as a whole, are a priority object of attention.
The school is part of a network of European schools of constructivist psychotherapy. This network aims to promote the exchange of experiences, contents and methods among teachers and students from various orientations who share a commitment to the constructivist paradigm. This aim is achieved, among other things, by encouraging and promoting exchanges of visiting faculty and of students, in a spirit of mutual welcome and cooperation. This is the reason why a functional knowledge of the English language (which is the official language of the network) is a preferential qualification for would-be candidates.
The course admits not more than 20 graduates in Psychology and in Medicine, who must be registered as qualified practitioners or acquire the professional qualification to practice within the first exam session following the actual beginning of the course.
The program takes four years to complete, at 500 hours per year, 140 of which are dedicated to internships.
The 360 hours per year of classroom teaching (excluding the internship and each candidate's personal analysis) take place over 12 weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) scheduled over course of the year at the location of the Institute of Constructivist Psychology in Padua, via Martiri della Libertà, 13.
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The syllabus is divided into two main fields: theoretical teaching and practical training.
The theoretical teaching takes up a total of 400 hours and includes:
The theoretical syllabus is integrated by seminars in which topics of specific clinical relevance are treated in greater depth.
The practical training - for a total of 1600 hours - includes:
Successful attendance of the whole four-year course leads to the awarding of the "Specializzazione" recognized by the Ministry of University and Research. It is also possible to attend only the practical training, excluding personal analysis and internship (for a sum total of 1020 hours).
State regulations concerning institutes offering training in psychotherapy requires for each year of the course a practical-clinical internship in a public or private accredited institution, in which "the students can compare the specificity of their own training model with the needs expressed by the users and in which the student can acquire experience in clinical diagnosis and emergency intervention." (DM 11 December 1998 n° 509 art.8 comma 2).
In accordance with the above-mentioned regulations, the ICP requires that the students attend a 140 hour-long internship for each year of the course.
To this end, the Institute has stipulated agreements with various public and private institutions; new agreements are signed every year, also on students' recommendations.
The admission test takes place before a Committee made up of the Director, of the traning therapist responsible for the relevant course, and of the teaching co-ordinator and it includes:
Only students who have an attendance record of at least 80% will be permitted to enter the final examination each year.
The certificate awarded at the end of the course legally permits holders to work as professional psychotherapists. The certificate is awarded on the basis of an evaluation both of the technical and personal training, and of the theoretical-clinical proficiency attained by the student.
The final exam consists of:
The final certificate is awarded to the students who at the end of the course have fulfilled the admission criteria and attendance requirements, have passed the intermediate and final evaluation, and have paid the course fees.
Is made up by the teachers of the theoretical area, those of the practical training, and by one student representing each year of the School. The Teachers' Council has the following tasks:
Students can meet the Director of the school and the Teaching Coordinator to discuss about didactic activity, training and their Diploma thesis one hour per month at the end of class.
The yearly fee for the course of specialization which qualifies students to practice psychotherapy is € 3900.00 (VAT free), including all mentioned activities and teaching materials, with the exception of the 20 hours of personal analysis (which vary in price according to the therapist chosen). The Institute will pay for accident insurance, the Insurance Policy and R.C.T. for course and training attendance.There is no extra enrolment fee.
The fee for attendance of the practical training course for professionals who are already officially qualified as practitioners of psychotherapy is € 2,200.00.
The Constructivist Psychotherapy Centre (CPC) is a project aimed at complementing work of the School offering our students, beyond the regular practical-clinical internship, the opportunity to practice psychotherapy under clinical supervision.
CPC is directed by Prof. Adriano Zamperini and coordinated by Dr Francesca Del Rizzo. The Centre provides psychological and psychotherapeutic services and conducts research in these fields.
At CPC psychitherapists as well as our students of the third and fourth year (under supervision) work.
Anybody who needs psychological counseling or therapy and is not able to pay for it can turn to CPC, making a contribution of just ten euro to the Centre.
CPC is based in Padova at the Institute of Constructivist Psychology, via Martiri della Libertà 13.
CPC can be contacted on 049 657712 on Thursday from 16:00 to 18:00 when it is possible to speak directly with the staff or a message can be left on the answerphone at any other time.
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