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Psychiatric Interviewing and Assessment

Psychiatric Interviewing and Assessment

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316614037

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  • Interviewing and assessment are integral to the practice of psychiatry, and this book helps psychiatrists and other mental health professionals develop the skills needed to gain the right information to make diagnostic formulations and build therapeutic relationships with their patients. The text examines common dilemmas and problems in an engaging and accessible way, and the use of case studies relates the principles discussed to identifiable psychiatric settings. This new edition has been revised and expanded to reflect changes in clinical practice in recent years. New chapters have been added covering the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, fragmented interviews and 'impossible' clinical situations such as the assessment of intoxicated patients and rhetorical interviews. Essential reading for all mental health professionals, the practical grounding in real-world clinical experience will benefit trainee psychiatrists, experienced clinicians, nurses, social workers and physician associates.

    • Clinical examples give real-world context to the principles discussed, enabling easy application of the information in a practical way
    • Covers a wide range of clinical practice and mental disorders, making this a comprehensive text providing information on all essential aspects of psychiatric interviewing and assessment
    • Examines dilemmas in everyday practice and is concerned with clinical skills and professional behaviour, helping the reader to find ways of resolving real problems while avoiding common pitfalls in clinical interviews and professional relationships
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of previous edition: 'This book contains an abundance of practical advice and clinical practice wisdom … I would wholeheartedly recommend the book to any student or clinician of any experience level in a mental health setting.' Justin J. Trevino, Psychiatric Services

    Review of previous edition: 'This book brings together disparate elements of today's psychiatric practice and provides a real starting point for trainees ... it is an unsurpassed and important work.' John Clifford, The British Journal of Psychiatry

    Review of previous edition: 'Should be read by every psychiatrist.' David Enoch, BJPsych Bulletin (

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316614037
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 155 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. What Am I Trying to Find Out Here?:
    1. Diagnosis
    2. History
    3. Mental state examination and psychopathology
    4. Cognitive state examination and organic disease
    Part II. The Main Principles of One-to-One Interviewing:
    5. Office-based psychiatric assessment
    6. Understanding and managing relationships with patients
    Part III. Difficult Interviews:
    7. Difficulties relating to psychosis
    8. Unpopular patients
    Part IV. Self-Awareness:
    9. Values and beliefs
    10. Culture
    11. Who should I be?
    Part V. Complicated Interviews:
    12. Interviewing with other team members
    13. Interviewing families and other informants
    14. In the community
    15. Fragmented interviewing and assessment
    16. 'Impossible' assessments
    Part VI. Developmental Assessments:
    17. Neurodevelopmental assessment
    18. Personality
    Part VII. Drawing it All Together:
    19. Risk and safety
    20. Record keeping and reports.

  • Authors

    Rob Poole, Bangor University
    Rob Poole is Professor of Social Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Centre For Mental Health and Society, Bangor University. Prior to this he was a community psychiatrist in Liverpool and North East Wales. He is a past Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and past Chair of RCPsych in Wales. His main interests are clinical skills and in developing good services for deprived and marginalised populations. He has published extensively and he writes a popular personal website on mental health, Khrushchev's Shoe (

    Robert Higgo, Bangor University
    Robert Higgo is a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry at the Centre For Mental Health and Society, Bangor University and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Mental Health Liaison. He has previously held consultant posts in Liverpool and Manchester, in community psychiatry, Assertive Outreach and Acute Care. He has co-authored Clinical Skills in Psychiatric Treatment (Cambridge, 2008) with Rob Poole, and Mental Health and Poverty (Cambridge, 2013) with Rob Poole and Catherine Robinson. His main area of interest is in the review of untoward incidents.

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