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Clinical Interviewing and Assessment


Admission requirements

This course is only open to Master students Clinical Psychology.


Students develop clinical interviewing and diagnostic skills, using semi-structured interviews, mental status examination and standardized interviews, e.g. the MINI and CPRS. The course provides exposure to psychopathology syndromes via clinical interviews with trained actors. Theoretical and practical issues in assessment and diagnostics will be discussed. Oral and written reporting of findings is also covered. The focus of this part of the course is on Axis I disorders, however issues regarding Axis II will also be discussed.

Course objectives

This course aims to prepare you for conducting diagnostic interviews during your clinical internships. At the end of this course, your knowledge and skills of diagnostics, interviewing and reporting should be at a level required for the initial phase of your internship. Another aim is the further development of your professional attitude.

Specific aims are to:

  • Increase knowledge and skills regarding clinical diagnostic interviewing. Assessment of psychiatric signs and symptoms; psychosocial interview; mental status examination

  • Learn how to report data from diagnostic interviews in letters to general practitioners. Learn the advantages and limitations of various interviewing methods, in particular a clinical interview versus a standardized clinical interview

  • Increase knowledge and skills regarding assessment of symptom dimensions

  • Increase knowledge of MMPI-2

  • Further development of a professional attitude


Clinical Interviewing and Assessment (2013-2014):

  • Lectures (1st & 2nd semester)

  • Workgroups (1st & 2nd semester)

  • Unsupervised meetings

  • Exams

Mode of instruction

Lectures, Seminars, plenary instruction meetings, demonstration videos. Students will practice skills and techniques in roleplays and with trained actors.

Plenary instructions will be in English. Seminars with only Dutch students will be in Dutch.

Assessment method

Performance during this course will be rated in a 1-10 grade. The final seminar is an exam. Successful completion of this course and the final grade depends on:

  • Attending plenary sessions, lectures and seminars.

  • Active participation during seminars, including feedback to group members (10%).

  • Assessment by instructor of knowledge of theory and diagnostic criteria and interviewing skills during the course, including the exam (70%)

  • Written reports (20%)

From January 1, 2006 the Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted the Ephorus system to be used by instructors for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. Please see the information concerning fraud .


Information on

Reading list

  • Morrison, J. (2008). The first interview (third edition). New York: Guilford Press.

  • Syllabus, available at Blackboard.


Course enrolment

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.

Exam registration

Students must register for each examination. Students, who haven’t registered, cannot participate in an exam

Contact information

Dr. A.E. van Giezen
Room: 2B40
Telephone: 071 527 3729