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Mini-programme on emotion and stress regulation

Learn how to apply and critically evaluate interventions aimed at promoting well-being and preventing maladjustment across the lifespan

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CIVIS focus area
Health
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Field of studies
  • Medicine and Health
  • Social Science and humanities
Course dates
3 June - 15 September

Clinical and experimental results indicate that the experience of aversive environmental conditions is the prominent non-genetic cause of mental discomfort and illness. Individuals possess behavioural strategies and neurophysiological responses that enable them to cope and protect themselves from the dangerous outcomes of stressful experiences. When these defence mechanisms work properly we can talk about resilience, the ability to efficiently cope with adversities.

The course, offered by 4 CIVIS European Universities (Sapienza Università di Roma, Université libre de Bruxelles, University of Bucharest and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), will delve into the different appraisals, strategies, abilities, and personality characteristics that generate a unique interaction in an open system of experience, as well as the allostatic response to it. Finally, the different techniques with empirical evidence that are available today to promote the optimal development of the individual, their mental health and wellbeing will be addressed.

Main topics addressed

  • Introduction to theories of emotions
  • Animal models of addictive behaviour: role of stress and negative emotions
  • The roots of stress and emotion regulation: inter-subjective matrix and attachment relationship
  • Post-Traumatic Stress: assessment, predictors and course
  • Psychophysiological response to stress with a focus on sleep disorders
  • The stress response in the absence of an actual stressor: intrusive thinking as a dysfunctional emotion regulation strategy
  • Emotion regulation and personality disorders
  • Emotion regulation in emotion-focused therapy
  • Interventions for facilitating emotion regulation
  • Emotion regulation: theoretical models
  • Mood, emotional and stress regulation techniques
  • The trap of difficulties with emotion regulation strategies

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire advanced and up-to-date knowledge and understanding of the relationship between genetically determined and environmental causes of stress management.

Language: English (B2) Dates: 3 June - 15 September
Duration of the course: 11 weeks

ECTS: 8*

Contact point: marialuisa.martelli@uniroma1.it and riccardo.williams@uniroma1.it Format: Virtual

Individual workload: 200 hours including lectures

Contact hours: 68 hours 

* The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. 

This CIVIS course will have a duration of 11 weeks and will be starting on 3 June with a final assessment on 15 September.

A maximum of 10 international CIVIS students will be accepted in the course in a total of 40 students.

Requirements

This CIVIS course is open to Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD students holding a BA in Psychology or a relevant number of credits in psychological disciplines.

A B2 level of English is required. 

Schedule of the course

Date Sessions Hours per session Teaching expert Affiliation Lecture Topic
3 June 1 3 Marialuisa  Martelli Sapienza Università di Roma (SUR) Introduction to theories of emotions
4  June 1 1 Marialuisa  Martelli SUR Online learning assessment
6 June 1 3 Cristina Orsini SUR Animal models of addictive behaviour: role of stress and negative emotions
7 June 1 1 Cristina Orsini SUR Online learning assessment
8 - 17 June 2 3 Cristina Trentini SUR The roots of stress and emotion regulation: inter-subjective matrix and attachment relationship
17 June 1 1 Cristina Trentini SUR Online learning assessment
20 - 28 June 2 3 Lorenzo Tarsitani SUR Post-Traumatic Stress: assessment, predictors and course
28 June 1 1 Lorenzo Tarsitani SUR Online learning assessment
1 July 1 3 Andrea Ballesio SUR Psychophysiological response to stess with a focus on spleep disorders
4 July 1 1 Andrea Ballesio SUR Online learning assessment
6 July 1 3 Cristina Ottaviani SUR The stress response in the absence of an actual stressor: intrusive thinking as a dysfunctional emotion regulation strategy
11 July 1 1 Cristina Ottaviani SUR Online learning assessment
18 July 1 3 Riccardo Williams SUR Emotion regulation and personality disorders
19 July 1 1 Riccardo Williams SUR Online learning assessment
19-30 July 1 4 Catalin Nedelcea Ana -Maria Cosmoiu, Iulia Ciorbea University of Bucharest (UB) Emotion regulation in emotion focused therapy
19-31 July 1 4 Catalin Nedelcea Ana -Maria Cosmoiu, Iulia Ciorbea UB Interventions for facilitating emotion regulation
31 July 1 2 Catalin Nedelcea Ana -Maria Cosmoiu, Iulia Ciorbea UB Online learning assessment
1 September 1 3 Carole Fantini Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Emotion regulation: theoretical models
9 September 2 3 Raquel Rodríguez-Carvajal Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) Mood, emotional and stress regulation techniques
13 September 1 1 Raquel Rodríguez-Carvajal UAM Online learning assessment
14 September 1 3 Carole Fantini ULB The trap of difficulties with emotion regulation strategies
15 September 1 2 Carole Fantini ULB Online learning assessment

Application process

Interested students should send their CV and motivation letter to this email address by 1 May 2022.

Selected students will be notified by 15 May.

Assessment

There will be an online assessment for each module (12 in total). Some of them will consist of multiple-choice questions and some will require writing a short essay (1500 words max).

Students will be graded the following way:

  • A - The student makes excellent use of empirical and theoretical material and offers structured arguments in their work
  • B - The candidate shows a good understanding of the problem and has demonstrated the ability to formulate and execute a coherent research strategy
  • C - The work is acceptable and shows a basic grasp of the research problem. However, the work fails to organize findings coherently and needs improvement
  • D - The work passes because some relevant points are made.  However, there may be a problem of poor definition, lack of critical awareness, or poor research

General Eligibility Criteria for CIVIS Courses

Applicants need to be enrolled at their home university in order to be eligible for selection and participation.  If uncertain about your status at your home university (part-time or exchange students etc) please check with your home university’s website or International Office. 

Applicants who will be receiving other Erasmus funds for the duration of the course are not entitled to funding. Participation in the course may still be possible under “zero-grant” status, but applicants should contact their home university in order to confirm this. 

A list of links and contacts for each university can be found in this Q&A.

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