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Essentials of Interviewing

Author: Donald E. Wiger

Course Created: 2002

Practice Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit

Book Required Duration: 6 hours
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Course Summary

Essentials of Interviewing contains practical information on conducting a complete diagnostic interview. Topics covered include taking a complete history, serving diverse populations, suicide assessment, and the Mental Status Exam.

Course Format

This course is based on a book and a post test. When you're ready, purchase the test by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the the intake interview process.
  • Describe establishing rapport with various populations.
  • Explain suicide assessment.
  • Describe the Mental Status Exam.

Course Syllabus

  1. Overview of the Mental Health Interview
  2. The Intake Interview Process
  3. Factors Affecting the Quality of Information Received
  4. Establishing Rapport: Mainstream and Special Populations
  5. The Biopsychosocial Assessment
  6. Suicide Assessment
  7. Diagnostic Interviewing
  8. The Mental Status Exam (MSE)
  9. The Report: Incorporating Diagnostic Information with Mental Health Services


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