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Psychiatric Interviewing and Assessment


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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.

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An engaging and accessible guide to developing interpersonal clinical skills in the interviewing and assessment of psychiatric patients.

About the Author

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 (www.robgpoole.co.uk). 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.


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 (www.pb.rcpsych.org)

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