Five-day course in which senior and junior psychologists, from clinical and research contexts, will share their expertise with the participants. The main goal of the week is to introduce different areas of knowledge and the latest developments within the field, from both theoretical and practical approaches.


Students and professionals interested in approaching various specialties within the psychological field.


ATTENDANCE FEES: 275 € (lunch and afternoon activities included)

Learn more about the registration process. 

Day 1: Mindfulness

Day 2: Cyberpsychology: social media & video games

Day 3: Challenging behavior & Positive Behavior Support

Day 4: Systemic Family therapy

Day 5: Neuropsychology


On-line registration is open from the 1st. of March 2017 till the 30th. of June, 2017.
The registration process is available on this website, using credit card (click on the shopping cart icon). Fees must be paid in order to complete your registration in the course.
We cannot guarantee those courses that not reach the minimum number of registrations. Only when the University cancels a course the registration fees are refunded.
Web: http://www.blanquerna.edu/ca/fpcee/masters-i-estudis-de-postgrau/universitat-d-estiu

Summer school coordinator:

Maria Carme Boqué Torremorell

Course coordinator:

Cristina Günther


All the speakers are experts in the topic they will talk about, not only from an academic point of view but also as practitioners and researchers.

Alexandra Torres Rodriguez. Clinical Psychologist in a health center and current doctoral researcher at Ramon Llull University (Barcelona). Her research revolves around the behavioral addiction, especially, the psychological treatment with adolescents.
Anna VilaregutPhD. Systemic Family Therapist, professor and researcher of the FPCEE Blanquerna (URL). Coordinator of the Official Master Programs of the FPCEE Blanquerna.
Cristina Günther, Systemic Family Therapist, currently concluding her PhD within the Couple and Family Research Group at FPCEE Blanquerna (URL). Collaborator at Hospital de Sant Pau. Visiting scholar at the State University of New York (Albany).
Cristina Mumbardó Adam, PhD. Student of the FPCEE Blanquerna (URL). Research group: Disability and Quality of Life: Educational issues.
Cristina Riera. Clinical Psychologist and Mindfulness Based Psychotherapist and Counselor. Post-Graduare training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindful Motherhood, and Psycho-Oncology.
Cristina Torres RivasPhD. Psychologist, neuropsychologist and researcher at the Psychiatry Department-Hospital de Mataró and the Psychology Department - Ramon Llull University. Visiting researcher at Harvard University Medical School (Boston).
David Simó Pinatella, PhD. Professor and researcher of the FPCEE Blanquerna (URL). Research group: Disability and Quality of Life: Educational issues.
Eduard Carratalà, Systemic Family Therapist, junior researcher at FPCEE Blanquerna (URL). Collaborator of Grupo Palo Alto. Visiting scholar at the MRI, Palo Alto, CA. He is currently concluding his PhD within the Couple and Family Research Group (GRPF).
Frederic Gil Gamez. Clinical & Organizational psychologist, passionate about Internet and Online Social Networks. He is urrently developing his Ph.D. thesis about heavy usage of Online Social Networks and the influence that Social Networks have on a recruiting process.
Hector Fuster Laseca. Clinical psychologist and a doctoral researcher specialized in the use of ICT. Game designer and teacher of game design theory and serious games development.
Judit Subirana-MiretePhD. Psychologist, neuropsychologist and researcher. She received a grant from the Catalan Goverment to span her knowledge abroad, being therefore able to take up a stage in the Oliver Zangwill Center (UK).
Luis Botella, PhD. Accredited Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. Professor and researcher at Ramon Llull University (Barcelona).
Marcial Arredondo. Psychologist, mindful psychotherapist and researcher with a major in mindfulness. He is currently directing mindfulness courses for different institutions and is co- coordinator of the mindfulness postgraduate in University Ramon Llull.
Meritxell Campreciós, PhD. Systemic Family Therapist, professor and researcher of the FPCEE Blanquerna (URL). Visiting scholar at Département de Psychiatrie de l’Adolescent et du Jeune Adulte of the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris (IMM) in París.

Facultat de Psicologia, Ciències de l’Educació i de l’Esport, Blanquerna. Universitat Ramon Llull (Barcelona, Spain).

RAMON LLULL UNIVERSITY (URL) is located in Barcelona. It was created in 1990 as a private, not-for-profit university. It is federally organized and consists of eleven prestigious academic and research institutions with a long tradition in Catalonia. One of these institutions is the Faculty of Psychology, Educational Sciences and Sports Sciences BLANQUERNA.

BARCELONA is one of the most visited cities in Europe. It’s got a great location and weather, and it’s famous for it’s architecture, beaches, cultural life, festivals, gastronomy, nightlife, fashion and a great offer of leisure activities.

Accomodation (some options):

  • Youth Hostel Pere Tarrés
    Carrer de Numància, 149-151, 08029 Barcelona
/ Phone:934 10 23 09
  • Residència La Salle
    Passeig Bonanova, 8, 08022 Barcelona / Phone: 932 540 965 (Carlos Azofra)


Morning sessions:

09.30  – 11.00am: Theoretical approach: origins, development, principles and last achievements in the field

11.00  – 11.30am: Break

11.30  – 12.30pm: Practical activity: case presentation, activities and exercises

12.30  – 01.30pm: Moving forward: research presentation and discussion

01.30  – 02.30pm:  Lunchtime

After lunchProfessional visits, cultural activities and free time.


10th July 2017:  Mindfulness

Lluís Botella, PhD; Marcial Arredondo; Cristina Riera.

09:30–11:00am: What is mindfulness? What are its origins, how did it become a therapeutic practice in the western world and how does it work?

11:30–12:30pm: Mindfulness in practice. A session of mindfulness with licensed instructors.

12:30–01:30pm: The future of mindfulness in practice and research.

After lunch:  Professional activity  (to be confirmed)

11th July 2017: Cyberpsychology: social media & video games

Hector Fuster Laseca;  Alexandra Torres Rodriguez; Frederic Gil Gamez.

09:30-11:00am: The session will present the theoretical background on video games use and its positive and negative outcomes. Diverse phenomena will be tackled such as addiction, aggression, learning, therapy, etc. Finally, some recent research and practical cases will be shown.

11:30-12:30pm: (1) Theoretical Framework: Symptoms and DSM 5, risk factors, psychological problems related to the use of videogames and social networks, other clinical considerations. (2) Case presentation and activities. (3) Treatment of technological addictions and activities.

12:30-01:30pm:  Research project presentation and group discussion.

After lunch: Cultural activity  (to be confirmed)

12th July 2017:  Challenging behavior and Positive Behavior Support

David Simó, PhD; Cristina Mumbardó.

09:30-11:00am: This session will focus on Positive Behavior Support and challenging behavior exhibited by people with intellectual disabilities. The main contents that will be addressed would focus on the applied behavioral analysis, functional assessment and practical intervention. Principles of the Response to Intervention model will be underlined.

11:30-12:30pm: Functional behavioral assessment emerges as a way to understand the complexity of challenging behavior. Therefore, we will analyze some cases and apply several instruments that should provide us some useful information for the design of intervention plans.

12:30-01:30pm: The presence of challenging behavior in students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (hereinafter IDD) actually represents a major concern for professionals who work with them and their families. This session will display a current research whose ultimate aim is to explore the prevalence and severity of challenging behaviors shown by children and adolescents with IDD and to identify variables that are highly related to the disruptive behavior’s occurrence.

13th July 2017: Systemic Family Therapy, then and now

Anna Vilaregut, PhD; Meritxell Campreciós, PhD; Eduard Carratalà; Cristina Günther.

9:30-11:00am: We will learn from Bateson's epistemology and how Systemic Family Therapy came to be. The main principles of Systemic Family Therapy will be overviewed, allowing for an open discussion within the group. We will close the session by reviewing some more recent contributions to the systemic model.

11:30-12:30pm: A basic tool in Systemic Family Therapy will be presented. The supervisors will guide the students to draw up their own family genogram and relational map. Working in small groups, they will be encouraged to represent the main structural and relational aspects of their families. Through their own personal experience, the students will learn about the usefulness and implications of the genogram in Systemic Family Therapy.

12:30-01:30pm: The research carried out and ongoing to develop and validate a basic family relations assessment tool will be presented: Cuestionario de Evaluación de las Relaciones Familiares Básicas (CERFB). Specifically, and as an example of the process, in relation to its clinical applicability in eating disorders. Time will be destinated at the end of the session for the students to ask questions to the junior researcher.

After lunch: Professional activity  (to be confirmed)

14th July 2017: Neuropsychology in Action

Judit Subirana-Mirete, PhD; Cristina Torres Rivas, PhD.

9:30-11:00am: The Discipline of Neuropsychology: What is neuropsychology? Historical background and conceptual issues. The Structure of the Central Nervous System (the lobes, Practical issue: Brain dissection). Normal cognitive functioning; introduction to pathological cognitive function. Neuropsychological assessment

11:30-12:30pm: The aim of this session is introducing the importance of the inclusion of cognitive processing speed (CPS) in neuropsychological assessments for MCI & AD as the slowdown of the CPS is present in multiple diseases of the CNS among which we can include cognitive impairments of diverse aetheologies.

12:30-01:30pm: This session focuses on the integration of psychological, cognitive and social cognition processes related to clinical testing. It includes major psychiatric illness, mood disorders, multiple sclerosis or various forms of dementia. The main objective is to enhance knowledge of clinical psychology and treatment approaches. Students will be encourage to practice several clinical assessments, as well as social cognition testing. As treatment is a main goal of the session, different treatment plans formulation will be discuss, including cognitive rehabilitation programs.  Student will be ask to discuss different types of clinical interventions and will learn about the enhancement of individual’s quality of life, as one of the major challenges presented by chronic neuropsychiatric and neurological problem.