2023-2024 / PSYC1029-2

Child psychopathology


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in clinical orthopedagogy (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Raffaella Di Schiena

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The aim of this course is to provide a better understanding of the psychopathological disorders most frequently encountered in n the child and adolescent clinic.

Initially, the general question of diagnosis in children will be addressed, through the introduction of the best-known nosographies and discussion of the limits and strengths of catechorical diagnosis.

This approach will be contrasted with the dimensional approach to disorder description, to enable the student to adopt both reading grids with ease.

This will be followed by a review of the most common disorders. 

Particular emphasis will be placed on epidemiological and cohort studies/ This approach will make the student aware of the importance of a preventive vision in the child and adolescent clinic.

Theoretical sessions will be alternated with practical exercises, in which students will be trained to identify sympthoms, make diagnoses and practice clinical reasoning. 

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Students will learn to understand and recognize infant and juvenile psychopathologies according to a nosographic and developmental approach, and with critical awareness. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The student is expected to possess notions of cognitive and behavioral psychology, of neuropsychology and developmental psychology.  

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Ex-cathedra classes enriched by various contributions: slides, clinical vignettes, examples from clinical practice with children.

Student participation will be particularly encourageded. Students will be invited to analyze cases, discuss in small groups and share their thoughts with the rest of the class.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course will be mainly face-to-face. Some content will be acquired independently by students on the basis of readings provided by the instructor, and then discussed in class, in a flipped classroom approach. 

Recommended or required readings


The exam will be based on the topics covered in the course.

The books used as references are the following:

Dumas J.E. (2013). Psychopathologie de l'enfant et de l'adolescent, ed. De Boeck.

Marcelli, D. & Cohen, D. (2021). Enfance et psychopathologie.Paris, France: Elsevier Masson.

Petot (2018): "L'évaluation clinique en psychopathologie de l'enfant" ed. Dunod.

Reading the specific chapters of these books could therefore be recommended during the course. 


Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written examen based on clilical case analysis. 

If hybrid education, preference for in-person.

If distance learning obligation: multiple-choice questionnaire, open questions.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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