2nd Level Master degree in Psychology of aging

2nd Level Master degree in Psychology of aging

The 2nd Level Master degree in Psychology of aging offers participants an advanced competences in the growing field of psychology of aging. It permits to prepare professional people to make diagnosis of different kinds of problems or deficits related to aging and to do some practical interventions. Moreover it provides professional people with a rich theoretical and practical knowledge base that prepares, supports, and enhances their ability to work with the diverse population of older adults. Participants will became able to deal with researches activities to improve the quality of life for older adults in the third and fourth age.

The expected learning outcomes are the abilities to analyze the requests within the field of gerontological psychology, to understand the aging development, to implement the appropriate intervention and / or to take care of the elderly, families and caregivers, in both institutional and not institutional areas , for both normal and pathological aging. Through lectures, exercises and obligatory training activities, the participant will learn and refine skills that will enable him to independent judgement, regarding different proposed situations, as test choice, assessment, support or taking care of the elderly, following a specific methodology in the field of aging. Moreover, the participant will acquire adequate communication skills to manage, envisage and implement proposals for action in relation to the diversified demand (individual, institution, country). Furthermore, the participant will acquire the specific knowledge on the field of gerontological psychology and the ability to learn and understand national and international scientific texts.

The Master also includes a final project (thesis), with which the students have to demonstrate their degree of learning and their skills to work adequately with older people, in institutions and not.

The professionals formed through the Master could find work in services such as RSA, day care centers, within territorial and municipal projects for the prevention of cognitive impairment and for active aging. It can also be inserted in researches aimed at both the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and associations that deal with seniors and their rights.

Participants are required to have a 80% of presence to the lectures. Half of the lectures and seminars will be in Padova (at the School of Psychology, via Venezia 12) and half in Treviso (at I.S.R.A.A. Institutes, via Noalese 40 or via Nicola di Fulvio 4). In general, lectures are planned each 15 days on Friday and Saturday (from 9.00 to 18.00). Furthermore, two intensive week could be scheduled in the year, the first one in Padua and the other one in Treviso. In this case lectures are programmed from Monday to Saturday (9.00-18.00).

School of Psychology (via Venezia 12, PADOVA) MAP

I.S.R.A.A. Institutes (via Noalese 40, TREVISO) MAP

I.S.R.A.A. Institutes (via Nicola di Fulvio 4, TREVISO) MAP

Could be admitted – after a selection based on curricula vitae- students with master degree in psychology or medical science (min. 15 - max. 45 students). For different master please contact master.invecchiamento@unipd.it

2750.00 €. The costs could be divided in two parts. A firs part (1650.00 €) have to be paid at the admission (in January) and the second ones in June (1100.00 €).

PSYCHOLOGY OF AGING: Theoretical bases of the psychology of aging, taking into account:
- a cognitive point of view: basic mechanisms (memory, attention and speed processing) that explain the age-related cognitive changes;
- a emotive-motivational point of view: metacognitive changes in beliefs, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and the role they play in everyday life;
- individual differences.

SOCIOLOGY: The most notable demographic phenomenon in Western societies is the aging of population that is characterized by a shift in the distribution of a country's population towards higher ages and, consequently, a decline in the population fraction composed of
children and young people. These social and demographic changes pose great challenges to our society, which must adapt to a changing age structure.

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY: Stereotypes and prejudices about elderly people are largely rooted in our society. Frequently, these stereotypes do not reflect the actual resources and potentiality of older people. It is thus important to identify these stereotypes as they have a negative impact on everyday life not only of the elderly people but also of all the figures that take care of the elderly people. This is necessary to have a realistic view of aging.

METHODOLOGY: The program will describe how to study aging and therefore the methods most commonly used in the study of psychological aging (cross-sectional, longitudinal and sequential studies) and the statistical analysis models applied to these data. The concept of variability, complementary to classic psychometric study, will be examined highlighting its importance in the theoretical understanding of aging. The usefulness of these methods, their possible extension and their relevance in the study of psychological aging will be also discussed.

COGNITIVE AND METACOGNITIVE INTERVENTIONS: Cognitive and metacognitive training. The program will examine the methodological characteristics, their effectiveness in the short and long term, the modalities to achieve effects of generalization of the benefits to other skills.

LIFE SPAN PSYCHOLOGY: Cognitive aging as an interaction between gains and losses related to the plasticity of behavior and mind across the lifespan.

ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: Environment and aging: life-environment relationship such as uses of living environments or places (home, residences for elderly), residential attachment, perceived residential satisfaction.

COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: Aging and cognition: changes and stability in intelligence and memory systems. The mechanisms underlying the age-related differences will be presented and explained. This knowledge allows the psychologist to explain the performance of elderly people in various cognitive functions and subsequently to make appropriate assessments and interventions.

INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES AND PERSONALITY: Stability and changes in the personality in aging: the role of individual differences. The most important constructs commonly used in the study of personality (traits, motivation, values, beliefs, self-efficacy, self-esteem and optimism).

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY: Clinical interviews with older adults and their families and caregivers. The psychotherapeutic intervention with older people with dementia is intended primarily to receive and understand the communication mediated by symptoms.

AGING AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: Neuropsychological assessment:
- descriptions of structural, neurochemical and metabolic features of brain aging; - presentation of the most recent standardized batteries of tests;
- methodological issues;
- presentation and analysis of clinical cases.

ELEMENTS OF GERONTOLOGY IN ISTITUTIONS: Older adults and institutional networks: the organization of residence for older adults. Tree points behind the construction of the current system of services: a new concept of elderly, the creation of network of services and the multi-dimensionality as a key instrument for measuring health.