Psychological issues are at the heart of the palliative approach to dying both in relation to the lives of sick people and their families and the dynamics that characterize the work of the teams. In Italy and in the world, however, the role of the psychologist experienced in palliative care is still not sufficiently defined and skills are not always recognized. The article attempts to give a concise picture of Italian reality through the psychologists census in the palliative care, the training proposal defined in the core curriculum and the description of the psychological specificity on palliative care’s patients. In the end, some reflections on possible future trajectories.
Keywords: Psicologia; psicologo; cure palliative; dolore; core curriculum psicologi; lutto.