Health / Bachelor's degree programme
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Technique

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

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 Hospitals” (asylums) ceased to exist and new community-based mental health services became the center 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, other members of the team, family members and caregivers, using appropriate rehabilitative techniques in order to facilitate the process of recovery.

Course content

The degree program includes both standard lectures (see the course study aside) and practical training. More specifically, the purpose of the latter is the acquisition of professional skills (evaluation, planning, implementation and monitoring of rehabilitating activities, with a focus on recovery). The professional training activity takes place in Local Health Centers (Reggio Emilia, Modena, Parma), public personal assistance institutions (“REGGIO EMILIA - Città delle persone” and “Comuni Modenesi Area Nord”), private hospitals accredited with the National Health System (“Maria Luigia”, “Villa Igea” and “Villa Rosa”) and social private establishments (Centro Italiano di Solidarietà of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Social cooperative "Nefesh", social solidarity cooperative "L'Ovile", Social cooperative "Aliante", Community centre "Papa Giovanni XXIII").

Career options

Graduates in Psychiatric Rehabilitation assess mental disabilities and potential, analyze needs and evolutionary causes, and draw on the family and socio-environmental resources of patients. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Technicians help identify the therapeutic training and psychiatric rehabilitation goals, as well as preparing the specific intervention program aimed at helping the recovery of patients under treatment. 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 continuing professional development.

After the degree

After a degree in Speech and Language Therapy, graduates can attend Master's Degree Programmes in Rehabilitation Sciences, or in Cognitive Sciences and Decision-making.

More information

Course Director
prof. Gian Maria Galeazzi
dott. Luca Pingani

The course is managed by the Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences