Psychiatric rehabilitation techniques

Bachelor's degree programme

General information

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


On May 13, 1978, Italy enacted Law 180 (the so called “ Basaglia Law”) which redefined the place of treatment for patients suffering from psychiatric disorders. “Psychiatric Hospital” (asylums) ceased to exist and new community based mental health services became the centre of psychiatric care, in the frame of local Departments of Mental Health. Psychiatric rehabilitation is based on the ethical values of contributing to develop autonomy and recovery; it fosters the empowerment of individuals who can reacquire and develop new capabilities when impaired by mental illness. Therefore, psychiatric rehabilitation technicians are fundamental and innovative members of modern multidisciplinary therapeutic teams. They work in close contact with service users and other members of the team and family and carers using appropriate rehabilitative techniques in order to facilitate the process of recovery.

Course content

The three-year degree program in Psychiatric Rehabilitation Techniques is organized into semesters. The first semester provides an introduction to the following disciplines: Physics, Statistics, Computer Science, Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Histology, and Anatomy. Beginning in second semester, and for the next two years, students will receive training in the following degree-specific subjects: Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Public Health, and Psychopharmacology. They will also study the following organizational and managerial topics: Business Management, Occupational Psychology, Information Technology, and Research Methods. Course work is organized into lectures and practical clinical internships in order to provide students with the required professional competencies, which include the assessment, planning, implementation, and monitoring of rehabilitative tailored interventions. Students will be placed in the following public or private healthcare facilities accredited by the university degree program: Modena NHS Mental Health facilities, Reggio Emilia NHS Mental Health facilities, "Villa Igea" Private Hospital (Modena), “Villa Maria Luigia” Private Hospital (Parma) and no-profit led residential facilities and programs.

Career options

Graduates in Psychiatric Rehabilitation contribute to the assessment of mental disabilities and potential, analyze needs and evolutionary causes, and draw on the family and socio-environmental resources of patients. They help to co-produce tailored therapeutic training and psychiatric rehabilitation objectives, and to design specific programs aimed at the rehabilitation and empowerment of service users. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Technicians also help in rehabilitation activities aimed at helping service users to care for themselves, interact in various social situations, and where possible, find employment. Their focus is on prevention in the community, with the purpose of developing a support network to promote the acceptance and management of high-risk situations leading to relapse. They work with the family and the social network of patients to facilitate social inclusion and participation in the community. They also co-operate in the assessment of retraining and rehabilitation programs for individual patients, assist in the training of support personnel, and are responsible for their continuous professional development.

More information

Course Director
prof. Gian Maria Galeazzi
tel. 059 422 2586 - fax
dott. Luca Pingani
tel. 0522 522077 & - fax fax. 0522 522145

The course is managed by the Department of Diagnostics, Clinical and Public Health Medicine