The Role of the Psychologist in Parkinson’s Disease

The Role of the Psychologist in Parkinson’s Disease

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The Role of the Psychologist in Parkinson’s Disease

Via Costacolonna, 6 Arcugnano, Italia

Saturday, 9:00 AM -- 4:30 PM
September 21, 2019


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The Role of the Psychologist in Parkinson’s Disease

Via Costacolonna, 6 Arcugnano, Italia

Saturday, 9:00 AM -- 4:30 PM
September 21, 2019


Parkinson’s disease and the neurodegenerative movement disorder diseases are progressively increasing their incidence on the population.

This reality, together with the progressive prolongation of the average life and high specificity of medical therapies, collides with a society increasingly based on efficiency and less and less dedicated to informal caregiving, leading to a progressive increase in the economic impact of these diseases on national social and health systems.


The new challenge is to develop interdisciplinary models of care capable of giving effective answers to the multiple needs of each patient and their family members. In this challenge, neuropsychology, is a fundamental discipline both in the delicate phase of diagnosis and in the more articulated phase of treating the disease. The symptoms of the cognitive system and of the emotional-motivational system are in fact crucial in these diseases due to the impact they have on the functional aspects of everyday life as well as on the socio-relational aspects of the individual.


The course aims to provide the theoretical reference systems and methodological models for the application of neuropsychological tools useful in the clinical approach of this pathologies.


Furthermore, it will provide concrete operational tools for the integration of the neuropsychologist into the interdisciplinary team dedicated to patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and improving their quality of life. This includes psychometric assessment techniques, interpretation of data collected during the evaluation phase, management of rehabilitation, and psychoeducational and support projects.


Target Audience: Psychologist


Moderator: Daniele Volpe






9.00 am

Registration and course presentation



9.30 am – 10.00 am

Parkinson’s disease: phenomenology and pathophysiology

P. Vanni


10: 00 am – 10: 30 am

Parkinson’s disease: from cognitive deficits to dementia

G. Santangelo


10.30am – 11.00 am

Assessment tools for cognitive profile in Parkinson’s disease

G. Santangelo


11.00 am – 11.30 am   Coffee Break


11.30 am – 12.00 am

Cognitive-motor interplay in the rehabilitative treatment of Parkinson’s disease: the value of interdisciplinarity

P. Ortelli


12.00 pm – 12.30 pm

Cognitive rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease: what interventions?



12.30 pm – 2.00 pm   Lunch



2.00 pm – 2.30 pm

Dopaminergic therapy and its effects on cognitive and emotional-motivational systems

P. Ortelli


2.30 pm – 3.00 pm

The behavioral profile in Parkinson’s disease: from depression to impulse control disorders

G. Santangelo


3.00 pm – 3.30 pm

Assessment tools for behavioral profile in Parkinson’s disease.

S. Cuoco


3.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Psychoeducational groups for patients and caregivers: educating to cure

P. Ortelli


4.30 pm

Conclusion of the course