Course presentation

With Ministerial Decree 520/1998 the Ministry of Health created the profile of Professional Educator, defining it as 'the social and health worker in possession of the qualifying university degree who implements specific educational and rehabilitation projects, within the framework of a therapeutic project developed by a multidisciplinary team, aiming at a balanced development of the personality with educational/relational objectives in a context of participation and recovery in daily life; he/she takes care of the positive psycho-social integration or reintegration of subjects in a situation of difficulty'.
Ministerial Decree 509/1999 led to the first-cycle degrees and the subsequent Ministerial Decree of April 2nd 2001 determined the classes of the health professions degrees, including the degree course for Professional Educator in the rehabilitation class SNT/02.

The course at a glance

The three-year degree course amounts to 180 credits, which are required to obtain the degree:
- 1st year: provides the student with basic pedagogical and health knowledge, which are the fundamentals of the professional discipline and the prerequisites for the first internship experience to guide students in the professional environment. Internships in psychiatric therapy communities, drug addictions and disabilities contexts are provided for orientation purposes.
- 2nd year: focussing on in-depth clinical knowledge and professional rehabilitation skills in the fields of psychiatry and drug addiction.
The student will gain access to rehabilitation communities for drug addicts; residential and semi-residential communities for patients with mild or medium-severe psychiatric problems; semi-residential centres for users with medium-severe disabilities.
- 3rd year: specialisation year, also aimed at acquiring of methodological knowledge for professional practice and the ability to work in a team; the student experiences a gradual assumption of responsibility under the supervision of experts.
The internship will be mainly at Territorial Public Services such as U.O.C. Pathological Addictions, U.O.C. Adult Psychiatry and U.O.C. Child Neuropsychiatry. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of methodological skills in scientific research to support thesis development through specific seminars.