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First Interview 4ed

by James Morrison Guilford Publications
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This trusted practitioner resource and course text is grounded in James Morrison's experience with more than 15,000 mental health patients. Morrison provides a complete framework for interviewing adult patients about their current symptoms, personal and family history, mental status, behavioral risks, and other relevant issues. He offers guidance for selecting the best strategy for any clinical situation, building rapport, overcoming common challenges, and communicating findings. Appendices include a detailed semistructured interview and a self-assessment tool for interviewers, both with permission to photocopy. Purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.     

New to This Edition   *Revised throughout for DSM-5.   *Updated resources and suggested readings.

Introduction: What Is Interviewing?

1. Openings and Introductions

2. Chief Complaint and Free Speech

3. Developing Rapport

4. Managing the Early Patient Interview

5. History of the Present Illness

6. Getting the Facts about the Present Illness

7. Interviewing about Feelings

8. Personal and Social History

9. Sensitive Subjects

10. Control of the Later Interview

11. Mental Status Exam I: Behavioral Aspects

12. Mental Status Exam II: Cognitive Aspects

13. Signs and Symptoms in Areas of Clinical Interest

14. Closure

15. Interviewing Informants

16. Meeting Resistance

17. Special or Challenging Patient Behaviors and Issues

18. Diagnosis and Recommendations

19. Sharing Your Findings with the Patient

20. Communicating Your Findings to Others

21. Troubleshooting Your Interview

Appendix A. Summary of the Initial Interview

Appendix B. Descriptions of Selected Disorders.

Appendix C. Sample Interview, Written Report, and Formulation

Appendix D. A Semistructured Interview

Appendix E. Assessing Your Interview

Appendix F. Bibliography and Recommended Reading

“This wonderful book guides a new mental health practitioner or student through the process of an initial interview with a patient. It is written in a supportive and conversational style, making the reader feel almost as though Dr. Morrison is sitting in the room and serving as a wise advisor and mentor….Many helpful examples are given on how to frame questions to serve a number of important purposes—getting the right information, of course, but also establishing rapport and being therapeutic….Many psychiatric and mental health interviewing textbooks exist. This one is especially helpful to those early in the process of learning to interview because of its rich use of examples of how questions can be phrased and its reasoning about why particular data need to be gathered, but especially its warm, supportive way of guiding the learner on the journey of truly getting to know a patient well.”

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
James Morrison, MD, is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. With his acclaimed practical books--including DSM-5 Made EasyDiagnosis Made Easier, Second EditionThe First Interview, Fourth Edition; and When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, Second Edition--Dr. Morrison has guided hundreds of thousands of mental health professionals and students through the complexities of clinical evaluation and diagnosis.