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Reflecting on suspended time between present and future

Initiatives aimed at students of the School of Medicine put forward by the DIMES Psychology team

The School of Medicine encourages student reflection and debate to counter the effects of social isolation, which come as a consequence of the current health emergency situation.

For this purpose, the School supports two initiatives aimed at its students put forward by the Psychology team of the Department of Experimental, Diagnostic and Specialised Medicine (DIMES).


Online seminars

  1. Listening and self-listening: emotions in emergency situations (P.M. Russo, M.Mazzetti): Monday, 20 April 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM Italian time (participation link to seminar in Italian language);
  2. Bringing awareness and kindness in everyday life: mindfulness meditation (M. Martoni, A. Giannandrea): Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM Italian time (participation link to seminar in Italian language);
  3. Love in the Time of Cholera: couple relationships during the crisis (A. Agostini): Monday, 27 April 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM Italian time (participation link to seminar in Italian language).

These seminars aim at providing cues for reflecting on how any situation that involves change and crisis may be considered as an opportunity to reconsider past routines and behaviour, to re-think ourselves, and to find new ways of acting and to improve ourselves.

How to participate: the seminars will take place on Microsoft Teams. To join them, please click on the relevant participation link within 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 15 minutes before the start time, you will receive a participation link to access the seminar.


Focus group “Imagining the Future”

Participants, in groups of 15-20 students moderated by a member of the DIMES Psychology team, will be encouraged to discuss about lifestyle changes both in the current situation and in the future, once the health emergency is over. This initiative is not a psychological support group, but rather an opportunity to discuss and reflect on which personal resources can emerge in response to the current situation.

How to participate: to register for the focus group, please email and state on which Degree Programme referred to the School of Medicine you are enrolled, your course year, the days in which you can take part and (optional) any preferred time slots for participation.


International Students

Focus groups in English language will be available to international students.  

Additionally, the University’s Cross-Cultural Counselling Service for International Students is active and operates remotely; please refer to their dedicated web page for further information about accessing the service.