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PsycCRITIQUESPsychotherapy is both an art and a science and if, in practice, therapists incline to one or the other, students need to learn both. The second edition of Clinical and Diagnostic Interviewing is an attempt to ensure that they do. Part textbook, and part reference, it provides both a general introduction to the clinical interview and an account of how different theoretical traditions approach it. Broad in scope and comprehensive in its review of the literature, it accommodates the taxonomy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is inclusive of structured and more phenomenological approaches to the interview and is sensitive to how the interview must be adapted to specific populations, diagnoses, and settings. As such, it balances the soulful with the practical and serves the reader well.
Students will be forced to consider the multiple factors affecting a clinical interview and the complex balance that a therapist must achieve among theory, skill, diagnosis, patient need, and setting. Graduate students should therefore find it a helpful introduction to the process of clinical interviewing and the multiple ways in which it can be undertaken, and in some instances they will benefit from its review of the literature and description of various protocols as they set out on their own research.