Send Me Your Feedback and Ideas for the 7th Edition of Clinical Interviewing

And the beat goes on. . .

Rita and I are signing a contract with John Wiley & Sons to update our Clinical Interviewing text to the 7th edition. Clinical Interviewing was first published in 1993 under the title, Foundations of Therapeutic Interviewing with Allyn & Bacon publishers. As one of my academic friends once said, it was a good book, but it fell apart in the end. I was instantly worried that we hadn’t handled the final chapter very well. Turns out, he was referring to the binding.

After Allyn & Bacon let go of the copyright in 1996, we shopped the book and got great offers from Norton, Guilford, and Wiley. We went with Wiley, received excellent editorial guidance, and Clinical Interviewing was born; the text has been very popular in the graduate textbook market in psychology, counseling, and social work.

Along with the great news that we’re headed for another edition comes a rather large chunk of planning and work.

First, the planning . . .

Clinical Interviewing became popular and has remained popular because it’s a practical and accessible text that focuses on clinician competencies. We will continue that focus—we want students to not only read the text, but to return to it, keep it, and use it to remind themselves of the foundations that underlie the clinical encounter.

Another reason the book has been popular is because of the fabulous feedback and ideas we’ve gotten from people like you. We want to continue that emphasis too. If you’re familiar with Clinical Interviewing—as a professor or as a student—I’d love to hear your ideas about what we should change or add. Please, email me with any and all your ideas: john.sf@mso.umt.edu. We’ve already have some feedback, including:

  • Update the text to sync with DSM-5-TR
  • Add more content, and a video demonstration, of online (remote) interviewing (tele-mental health)
  • Add more specific content pertaining to interviewing special populations in general, and working across cultures and sexualities in particular
  • Add more (and updated) video demonstrations
  • Consider stronger and more traditional diagnostic assessment content (I’m mixed on this)

Second, the work . . .

During the past two revisions, I asked people to volunteer to read and review specific chapters. This is extra work for you, but it’s also a good academic process. Everyone who provides a chapter review will be listed in the acknowledgements. And so, if any of you would like to review a chapter (or more) and provide us with feedback and guidance for the 7th edition, please email me at john.sf@mso.umt.edu

As always, thanks for reading this and thanks for considering the opportunity to share your clinical interviewing expertise.

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