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"It is a delight to see the Fourth Edition of Sommers-Flanagans's excellent work. They understand counseling and therapy, their writing is clear, and this book will be enjoyed by students and faculty alike."

—Allen E. Ivey, EdD, ABPP, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Updated with a new accompanying DVD—The classic text presenting practical strategies for conducting effective interviews—now reflecting the latest interviewing guidelines

Updated to reflect the emerging field of online and other non–face-to-face interventions, Clinical Interviewing, Fourth Edition 2012–2013 Update blends a personal and easy-to-read style with a unique emphasis on both the scientific basis and interpersonal aspects of interviewing. John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan thoroughly explore clinical interviewing—from the very basics of listening to the latest skills needed as a practitioner.

Now with a new accompanying DVD illustrating interviewing skills and common interviewing situations, this Updated Edition adds:

  • A new chapter covering non–face-to-face assessment and interviewing via email, telephone, texting, videoconferencing/Skype, instant messaging, and online chatting
  • New structured interview protocol with step-by-step guidance through a mental status examination—whether face-to-face or not
  • Guidance on the evidence base, treatment outcomes, and ethical issues for non–face-to-face assessment and intervention

Complete with real-world case examples, Clinical Interviewing, Fourth Edition 2012–2013 Update equips readers with a realistic yet intuitive guide to mastering the skills necessary to be an effective interviewer today.

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"The fourth edition of this classic by John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan is simply a triumph! This book has both extraordinary depth and breadth. The authors do an exceptional job of describing mundane—but critical—details of learning to interview while still capturing and articulating the essential "big picture" aspects of contemporary clinical interviewing. The book has it all: theory, research, case material, and the essential "how to's", all presented in an accessible and lively format. It is hard to imagine a better book for beginning clinicians."
David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor of Psychology, Co-Director of Clinical Training, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

"Thorough, thoughtful, and well-written, John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan do an outstanding job demonstrating the scientist-practitioner model in action. The text provides excellent coverage of the basic skills involved in clinical interviewing, and the material is brought to life through an engaging literary style, numerous case examples, and informative and amusing anecdotes. The authors also confront important ethical issues pertaining to clinical interviewing, such as informed consent, confidentiality and its limits, and documentation according to HIPAA standards. The review of the literature is current, summarizing many contemporary issues and controversies, such as revisions to be included in DSM-V."
James C. Overholser, Ph.D., ABPP; Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

"It is a delight to see the 4th Edition of the Sommers-Flanagan's excellent work. They understand counseling and therapy, their writing is clear, and this book will be enjoyed by students and faculty alike."
Allen E. Ivey, Ed.D., ABPP; Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; President, Microtraining Associates, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118390115
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN and RITA SOMMERS-FLANAGAN are Professors of Counselor Education at the University of Montana. They have coauthored several books, including Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice, Second Edition, also published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part One: Becoming a Mental Health Professional 1

Chapter 1 Introduction: Philosophy and Organization 3

Welcome to the Journey 4

Theoretical Orientations 7

Basic Requirements for Clinical Interviewers 9

Goals and Objectives of This Book 14

Summary 15

Suggested Readings and Resources 15

Chapter 2 Foundations and Preparations 17

Defining Clinical Interviewing 18

Self-Awareness 24

The Physical Setting 31

Professional and Ethical Issues 37

Summary 48

Suggested Readings and Resources 48

Part Two: Listening and Relationship Development 51

Chapter 3 Basic Attending, Listening, and Action Skills 53

Attending Behavior 54

Moving Beyond Attending 60

Nondirective Listening Responses 62

The Pull to Reassurance 72

Directive Listening Responses 73

Summary 80

Suggested Readings and Resources 81

Chapter 4 Directives: Questions and Action Skills 83

Using Questions 84

Directive Action Responses 97

Summary 111

Suggested Readings and Resources 111

Chapter 5 Theoretically Supported and Evidence-Based Relationships in Clinical Interviewing 113

Carl Rogers’s Core Conditions 114

Evidence-Based Psychoanalytic and Interpersonal Relationship Concepts 124

Evidence-Based Behavioral and Social Psychology Concepts 132

Evidence-Based Feminist Relationship Concepts 135

Evidence-Based Solution-Focused and Constructive Relationship Concepts 138

Summary 138

Suggested Readings and Resources 139

Part Three: Structuring and Assessment 141

Chapter 6 An Overview of the Interview Process 143

Structural Models 144

The Introduction 145

The Opening 154

The Body 160

Applying Interventions 164

The Closing 164

Termination 168

Summary 172

Suggested Readings and Resources 172

Chapter 7 Intake Interviewing and Report Writing 175

What Is an Intake Interview? 175

Objectives of Intake Interviewing 177

Factors Affecting Intake Interview Procedures 193

Brief Intake Interviewing 194

The Intake Report 197

Summary 211

Suggested Readings and Resources 212

Chapter 8 The Mental Status Examination 213

Objectivity 214

What Is a Mental Status Examination? 214

The Generic Mental Status Examination 216

When to Use Mental Status Examinations 240

Summary 242

Suggested Readings and Resources 243

Chapter 9 Suicide Assessment 245

Personal Reactions to Suicide 246

Suicide Statistics 246

Key Components in a State-of-the-Science Suicide Assessment Interview 247

Suicide Risk Factors and Suicide Risk Factor Assessment 247

Conducting a Thorough Suicide Assessment 256

Suicide Intervention 268

Professional Issues 272

Summary 276

Suggested Readings and Resources 277

Chapter 10 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 279

Principles of Psychiatric Diagnosis 279

Diagnostic Assessment: Methods and Procedures 287

The Science of Clinical Interviewing: Diagnostic Reliability and Validity 289

A Balanced Approach to Conducting Diagnostic Clinical Interviews 290

Treatment Planning 295

An Integrated (Biopsychosocial) Approach to Treatment Planning 297

Summary 307

Suggested Readings and Resources 307

Part Four: Interviewing Special Populations 309

Chapter 11 Challenging Clients and Demanding Situations 311

Part One—Challenging Clients 311

Part Two—Demanding Situations 331

Summary 338

Suggested Readings and Resources 339

Chapter 12 Interviewing Young Clients 341

Special Considerations in Working with Children 342

The Introduction 343

The Opening 345

The Body 355

The Closing 365

Termination 367

Summary 368

Suggested Readings and Resources 368

Chapter 13 Principles and Tips for Interviewing Couples and Families 371

Some Ironies of Interviewing Couples and Families 372

Interviewing Stages and Tasks 374

Special Considerations 390

Summary 399

Suggested Readings and Resources 399

Chapter 14 Interviewing in a Diverse and Multicultural World 401

Relationship in the Context of Diversity 401

Four Large Worldviews 405

Other Diverse Client Populations 416

Cultural Complexities and Identities 423

Assessment and Culture-Bound Syndromes 424

Professional Considerations 428

Summary 429

Suggested Readings and Resources 430

Chapter 15 Interviewing in Online and Other Non–Face-to-Face Environments 431

Technology as an Extension of the Self 432

Non-FtF Assessment and Intervention Research 437

Ethical and Practical Problems and Solutions 440

Conducting Online or Non-FtF Interviews 446

Summary 448

Appendix Extended Mental Status

Examination (MSE)—Interview Protocol 449

Preparation Steps 450

MSE Categories 451

References 459

Author Index 497

Subject Index 511

About the DVD 527

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