Institute for the training of psychotherapists

School of Clinical Community Psychology and Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy

- Four year Training Program -

Accredited by the Ministry of University and Scientific Technological Research for the licencing of psychotherapeutic activity in compliance with art.3 Legge 56/89 Decreto Ministeriale 9/05/1994 Gazzetta Ufficiale 21/05/1994.


The Institute for the training of psychotherapists - ASPIC was founded by the Association for the Psychological Development of the Individual and the Community for the purpose of directing the four-year training program in Community Clinical Psychology and Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy,  accredited by MURST - Ministry of University and of Scientific and Technological Research. The training program has grown from the experience of study and research connected with activities of training and psychotherapy practice in which the founders of the School have been engaged since 1981.

A Training Model Based on Integration

A dynamically evolving society such as ours necessitates an equally dynamic and constantly growing knowledge that is not divided into isolated compartments in competition one with the other, but integrated and capable of dealing with the complexities of today's problems. This is particularly true in the field of psychotherapeutic interventions.

The psychotherapist of the future must be capable of mastering a wide variety of tools and techniques to function effectively when working with individuals, in small groups, in organizations and in the community. In addition to private practice he/she will have to be familiar with the realities of the school, the firm, the hospital, so as to be in a position to promote health, prevent problems of distress and cure and rehabilitate both in the private and public sector. In short, this means contextualise the complexity of emotional events, clarify the expectations of the potential client and decide on methodologically correct strategies that meet these requests most adequately.

Up until now it has been a difficult task to acquire these integrated skills in Italy. In fact, doctors and psychologists, wanting to become psychotherapists and at the same time interested in learning preventive approaches and intervention techniques to operate in organizations and in the community, were forced to choose between one or the other or undergo the hardship and expense of following separate training programs in different schools.

The model proposed, on the contrary, decidedly innovatory in Italy but thoroughly experimented and widely accepted in foreign countries, provides a meta-modellistic programme that integrates the theoretical contributions developed by humanistic psychotherapy and clinical psychology of the community. Both these approaches aim at strengthening the positive aspects of individuals and of social contexts so as to reach an over-all improvement in the quality of life.

The existential phenomenological current of humanistic psychology has shown its effectiveness in the promotion of wholeness and of the creative development of the potential present in every human being, in the models and techniques developed by Carl Rogers and Fritz Perls (person-centered psychotherapy, gestalt therapy) enriched by contributions from body-oriented approaches.

Community psychology believes that individual problems can be analysed and dealt with by contextualising people within their social systems (schools, neighborhoods, places of work). Community psychologists therefore aim at increasing individual and collettive empowerment through intervention stategies such as community analysis and development, multi-dimentional organisation analysis, promotion of self-help groups and group work.

Integrating the two approaches our model aims at the formation of a professional practitioner capable of exercising with competence and creativity both in public and private practice, in situations that range from the cure of the individual to the promotion of well-being in the community.


The teaching methodology provides for multiple approaches in the student's development of competency in various strategic areas, emphasizing concrete and multi-disciplinary action. The individual and group psychotherapy aim at promoting personal growth, self- awareness and a better understanding of the subjective elements that influence the psychotherapeutic relationship.

Theoretical lessons, specific seminars, critical readings of texts and lecture notes, films, and recordings are all utilized in deepening cultural understanding and consolidating theoretical knowledge.

Through individual and group exercises, dramatizations, diagnostic and clinical interviews, simulations, and experiential stages with italian and foreign professors, students put into practice what they have learnt and gradually grow to master the various techniques.

During practice work and clinical supervision students can follow the progressive development of their competence, refine their theoretical and methodological tools for synergic inter-modal interventions in both the fields of patho-genesis and health-genesis. Lastly, students will be taught to deal with the legal and ethical problems of their profession (analysis of client expectancies, case acceptance, treatment plan, relevant legislation, etc.).

Specialisation Options

  1. Clinical intervention in the community
  2. Individual and group psychotherapy intervention

Requirements for Admission

Degree in Medicine or Psychology and post-graduate membership Albo degli Psicologi/Psychologists Association ex artt. 32 - 33 Legge 56/89.


Application stating motivation for choice of course,curriculum, two passport-size photographs, photocopy of accademic titles, an ID, payment of annual enrolment fee.

Standards for Admission to the First Year

Analysis of documentation presented, interview, evaluation of aptitude, expectations and motivation. A maximum of 16 students will be admitted to the course. Preference will be given to:

  • degree in psychology with a clinical and community specialisation;
  • degree in medicine with specialisation in social sector;
  • working experience in psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychology and social psychology;
  • training in other schools of the Federazione Italiana Scuole e Istituti Gestalt - F.I.S.I.G.;
  • personal psychotherapy with therapists accredited by the School;
  • in case of equal qualifications the date of application will be decisive.

Enrolment in the following years of the course requires passing annual exams, and the decision of the examining board with regards to personal training and administrative standing.


The duration of the course is four years for a total of 1600 hours.

The first three years curriculum is followed by all students and the fourth years is followed on the basis of the specialisation option chosen.

There are 400 hours per year of teaching and training activities divided as follows:

  • Theoretical teaching and specific experiential training in Clinical Community Psychology and Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy with practical exercizes (one weekend per month for 10 months)
  • One serie of seminars held at the University:
    • General psychology
    • Life Cycle Developmental Psychology
    • Psycho-pathology and clinical diagnostics
  • Annual theoretical-experiential marathon
    • also with foreign professors
  • Personal psychotherapy training:
    • 1 individual session per week
    • 2 group sessions per month
    • 1 Supervision session per month with a professor of the School
  • Practice work in affiliated organisations

When possible students can do practice work near their place of residence.

Attendance and Exams

Students are admitted to the final examination if they have attended at least 80% of the programs total hours.

There are mid-terms and final exams in each area of study.

The examining board evaluates the progressive and global maturity of each individual also considering evolution of personal psychotherapy training.


The course grants a diploma of Psychotherapist in the chosen specialisation.

This degree, legally accredited by the State and by the professional organizations, licences to practice the profession

An additional year of attendance allows diploma in both specialisation options.

Location and Schedule

Theoretical teaching and experiential training (point a of program) take place in Rome at A.S.P.I.C. - Via Vittore Carpaccio, 32 Sc. D, Apt.1, once a month, Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday (13 hours) for 10 months per year.

The seminars (50 hours) are held in Roma at the Pontificia Università Lateranense.

Director and Professors

The School is organised and directed by :

  • Edoardo Giusti - Administrative Manager and Didactic Director
  • Claudia Montanari - Training Co-ordinator
  • Donata Francescato - Scientific Director

The teaching staff is made up of members of both the accademic and professional world: Clinical Community Psychology - Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapy.

Supervising Professors
Edoardo Giusti - Claudia Montanari - Donata Francescato.

Associate Supervising Professors
Santa Battistelli - Roberto Costantini - Sergio Dantini - Maurizio Palomba - Enrichetta Spalletta - Manuela Tomai.

Mariagiovanna Caprara - M. Gabriella Di Jullo - Silvana Cusmai - Maria T. De Camillis - Miretta Prezza - Veronica Rosa - Andrea Solimeno - Marianna Spaltro - Olimpia Armenante - Antonio Iannazzo - Floriana Madeddu - Claudio Manucci - Carmine Piroli - Maria Antonietta Quitadamo - Enrichetta Spalletta

Associate Professors
Giovanni Ariano - Gianluca Battista - Laura Barreliere - Nino Battistini - Tiziana Calzone - Daniela Campovecchi - Stefano Crispino - Raffaele D’alterio - Antonella D’ascoli - Tiziana Di Fazio - Edda Di Tardo - Emma Daneo - Giuseppe Donadio - Flavia Germano - Antonio Ferrara - Giada Fiume - Lino Fusco - Leonarda Giannini - Salvatore La Fata - Maura Locatelli - Monica Locatelli - Carmela Longo - Laura Lupinacci - Antonio Mancinella - Federica Murdaca - Marco Pacifico - Andrea Pagani - Eleonora Paoletti - Isabella Piombo - Anna Pitrone - Cristina Povinelli - Laura Rapanà - Clementina Riccitelli - Antonio Schiattone - Catiuscia Settembri - Alessia Sica - Rosalba Taranto - Alberta Testi - Riccardo Zerbetto

Francesca Massara (co-ordinator) - Andrea Bonano - Marco Chimenti - Elisabetta Gallotta - Giuseppina Giannuzzi - Daniela Sacco - Stefano Soriani - Cristina Milani

Visiting Professors
Maria Grazia Accorsi - Angela Ales Bello - Massimo Ammaniti - Mario Ardizzone - Maria Armezzani - Luigi Aversa - Eugenio Avallone - Emilio Baccarini - Carmela Barbaro - Massimo Biondi - Stefania Bonaccorso - Katya Bonatti - Bruno Callieri - Anna Carusi - Giorgio Cavallero - Mauro Ceccanti - Marcello Cesa-Bianchi - Nino Dazzi - Rodolfo De Bernart - Alessandra De Coro - Piero De Giacomo - Santo Di Nuovo - Emilio Fava - Andrea Fiorentini - Mauro Fornaro- Salvatore Freni - Antonella Garofalo - Giovanni Liotti - Camillo Loriedo - Francesco Mancini - Patrizia Manganaro - Luisa Martini - Gabriele Melli - Renato Maria Menichincheri - Paolo Migone - Franco Nanetti - Paolo Nencini - Michele Novellino - Alberto Oliverio - Aureliano Pacciolla - Ferdinando Pellegrino - Renato Piccione - Maurizio Pompili - Corrado Pontalti - Roberto Pulcri - Mario Rossi Monti - Carmine Saccu - Aristide Saggino - Marco Sambin - Carlo Saraceni - Andrea Seganti - Antonio Semerari - Federica Soscia - Pietro Stampa - Giovanni Stanghellini - Maurizio Stupiggia - Roberto Tatarelli - Giulio Cesare Zavattini

Gilles Delisle - George Downing - Richard G. Erskine - Anne & Serge Ginger - Leslie Greenberg - Clara Hill - Gonzague Masquelier Claudio Naranjo - John C. Norcross - Paul Wachtel

A list of psychotherapists affiliated with the School is available on request.

National Affiliations

University of Siena, Institute of General and Clinical Psychology; Italian Federation of Gestalt Schools and Institutes ( F.I.S.I.G.).

International Affiliations

International Network of European Community Psychology, Ecole Parisienne de Gestalt (E.P.G.), Association for Humanistic Psychology ( A.H.P.), Association for the Development of the Person-Centered Approach, European Association for Psychotherapy (E.A.P.), Federation International des Organismes de la Formation la Gestalt (FORGE), Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (S.E.P.I.).

Affiliations with local institutions

Schools, Education Offices, Universities, Health Services, Public and Private Corporations, Associations, Co-Operatives.

Library, didactic and audio-visual aids

Three thousand volumes on psychotherapy and all the major italian and foreign magazines of the sector are available. The School has a large collection of videotapes that offer the possibility of observing, on a maxi-screen, world famous teachers of numerous schools of psychotherapy; a room with one-way mirror, videotape, tape recorder and and over-head projector. The most important tests and questionnaires for psychological research with computerized elaboration of results are available.


A partial scholarship will be granted should the estimated registration number not be reached.

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