Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding / Edition 2

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Overview

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.

Spanish version also available, ISBN: 84-8174-596-0

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Royce Lee, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book about the psychiatric interview is focused on the patient-doctor interaction, describing in detail processes that many clinicians leave to intuition or common sense. But the author diligently illustrates how studying these interactions carefully can lead to a more effective interview.
Purpose: This book is unique in the broadness of its scope and intended audience. One of its central tenets is that the interview is a dynamic process between two humans. The clinician needs to be aware of this process in order to facilitate communication during the interview. Particularly useful examples are given with depressed and/or psychotic patients who are extremely sensitive to both verbal and nonverbal cues from the clinician.
Audience: It promises to be very useful to the psychiatrist in training, or all those interested in refining their approach to the interview process. On the jacket, the book is addressed to "psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals." While Shea's expertise is on the dynamics of human interaction, it should be emphasized that his techniques are not meant to be specific to the psychodynamic psychiatrist. His clinical examples cover emergency room interviews, medication evaluations, and forensic evaluations as well.
Features: Using a rich (and well annotated) palette of information from various fields, including psychoanalysis, behavioral psychology, and sociology, the author writes about the entire interview, and reveals the rich interaction that begins even before the first words are spoken. The first few chapters cover the meaning of common cues in verbal and nonverbal communication, while later chapters detail specific topics covered in the initial interview, such as potential for suicidal or homicidal behavior, psychosis, depression, and the mental status exam. He leaves details of the neuropsychiatric, child, and forensic exams to other sources, and concentrates his attention on how the dynamics of the interview process affect every part of the basic, adult psychiatric exam.
Assessment: It is no surprise that this book has been well received by major psychiatric journals. However, it is always a pleasant surprise to find an engaging book that is both theoretically sound and clinically indispensable.
Royce Lee
This book about the psychiatric interview is focused on the patient-doctor interaction, describing in detail processes that many clinicians leave to intuition or common sense. But the author diligently illustrates how studying these interactions carefully can lead to a more effective interview. This book is unique in the broadness of its scope and intended audience. One of its central tenets is that the interview is a dynamic process between two humans. The clinician needs to be aware of this process in order to facilitate communication during the interview. Particularly useful examples are given with depressed and/or psychotic patients who are extremely sensitive to both verbal and nonverbal cues from the clinician. It promises to be very useful to the psychiatrist in training, or all those interested in refining their approach to the interview process. On the jacket, the book is addressed to ""psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, nurses, and other mental health professionals."" While Shea's expertise is on the dynamics of human interaction, it should be emphasized that his techniques are not meant to be specific to the psychodynamic psychiatrist. His clinical examples cover emergency room interviews, medication evaluations, and forensic evaluations as well. Using a rich (and well annotated) palette of information from various fields, including psychoanalysis, behavioral psychology, and sociology, the author writes about the entire interview, and reveals the rich interaction that begins even before the first words are spoken. The first few chapters cover the meaning of common cues in verbal and nonverbal communication, while later chapters detail specifictopics covered in the initial interview, such as potential for suicidal or homicidal behavior, psychosis, depression, and the mental status exam. He leaves details of the neuropsychiatric, child, and forensic exams to other sources, and concentrates his attention on how the dynamics of the interview process affect every part of the basic, adult psychiatric exam. It is no surprise that this book has been well received by major psychiatric journals. However, it is always a pleasant surprise to find an engaging book that is both theoretically sound and clinically indispensable.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721670119
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/6/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 783
  • Sales rank: 166,827
  • Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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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.

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