Faculty of: Psychology

Developmental psychology and protection processes


Academic Year 2023/2024

Duration 2 years

Language Italian

Degree classes LM-51 (Psychology)


The graduate programme in Developmental Psychology and Protection Processes provides theoretical, methodological and applied training with reference to the broad and differentiated processes of protection and safeguarding that characterise the developmental trajectories from childhood to adolescence. The multiplefactors which, at various stages, contribute to directing developmental outcomes towards typical or atypical pathways. Particular attention is paid to interaction processes, risk and traumatic conditions, resilience resources, educational and parenting models in primary and school contexts. The interdisciplinary approach of
the training also enables the understanding and interpretation of development processes in the light of legal norms and sociological reference systems.
The graduate programme therefore has the general objective of providing advanced knowledge of the contents of the basic psychological disciplines, integrating them with theoretical and methodological knowledge and with the methods of intervention and assessment of developmental psychology, educational psychology, cognitive psychology, psychological research methodology and related disciplines. In particular, the graduate programme aims to promote, in an interdisciplinary perspective, both the basic theoretical-application training on methods, techniques and psychological, social and legal tools that promote growth paths, and the advanced development of intervention models in educational contexts and in the field of protection of development processes, to identify both traumatic, stress and educational failures and the individual, family and social resources that promote psychological health, in order to implement preventive support, protection, protection and care interventions.


The programme offers competences in the fields of research, assessment and promotion of subjective resources, network intervention and understanding interaction processes with reference to both established and innovative theories and methods.
The training includes an in-depth study of theoretical models, research data, methods and procedures of analysis and intervention. It also encompasses activities aimed at acquiring operational skills and professional practices, as well as refining skills of reflection and revision, planning, monitoring and evaluation.
In particular, the programme promotes competences within two main areas (child and adolescent protection; school education) with the following specifications:
A. Child and Adolescent Protection Area

  • Assessment of typical and atypical developmental processes and risk trajectories.
  • Stress management in traumatic situations.
  • Technical and psychological expertise.
  • Design and implementation of network interventions in protection contexts.
  • Coordination of services and communities for children and adolescents.

B. School-educational area

  • Assessment and intervention in school difficulties.
  • Psychological-educational counselling.
  • Enhancement of socio-cognitive skills.
  • Design and management of interventions in educational and school settings.
  • Assessment of parenting and educational competences.

Finally, with reference to the function, the programme promotes the ability to design, evaluate and implement interventions for the promotion of resources, protection against risk and psycho-legal protection in relational and educational contexts.