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.
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
Further development of a professional attitude
Clinical Interviewing and Assessment (2014-2015):
Lectures (1st semester)
Workgroups (1st semester)
Lectures (2nd semester)
Workgroups (2nd semester)
Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions. Please consult the Instructions registration
Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date; students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination. Registering for 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.
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%)
The Faculty of Social Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud
Information on blackboard.leidenuniv.nl
Morrison, J. (2014). The first interview (fourth edition). New York: Guilford Press.
Syllabus, available at Blackboard.
Drs. J.A. Guicherit-Dicke
Telephone: 071 527 3499