Psychiatric Interviewing

The Art of Understanding


  • Shawn Shea, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire; Director, Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing, Stoddard, New Hampshire

The 2nd edition of this clinically based guidebook that focuses on the initial psychiatric interview provides practical suggestions for analyzing and altering the interview to mesh with the specific needs of the patient. Contains detailed discussions of how to open an interview, how to interpret nonverbal communication, how to make more natural transitions, and how to arrive at accurate diagnoses. Offers special techniques for eliciting information from depressed, psychotic, and personality-disordered patients. This edition presents updated DSM-IV criteria, new strategies in suicide assessment, and an annotated interview section accompanied by sample write-ups with tips in the appendix.
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Book information

  • Published: July 1998
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7216-7011-9

Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamentals of Interviewing. Interviewing: The Principles Behind the Art. The Dynamic Structure of the Interview. Nonverbal Behaviour: The Interview as Mime. Assessment Perspectives: Pathways to Effective Treatment Planning. Part II: The Interview and Psychopathology. Interviewing Techniques in Depression and Other Mood Disorders. Interviewing Techniques While Exploring Psychosis. Personality Disorders: Reflections of the Social History. Part III: Advanced Techniques of Interviewing. Exploring Suicidal and Homicidal Ideation. The Mental Status and Vantage Points: Bridges to Psychotherapy. The Art of Moving with Resistance. Appendix I: Supervision Utilizing Facilic Analysis. Appendix II: Annotated Interview (Full 60-Minute Intake). Appendix III: The Written Document: Effective Strategies. Appendix IV: Tips for Passing the Oral Boards in Psychiatry. Glossary of Interview Supervision Terms.