Eliciting useful information from young patients and their families is both a skill and an art, and Psychiatric Interview of Children and Adolescents, an exceptionally practical and comprehensive guide, enables mental health clinicians and trainees to first improve theirinterviewing skills and then organize and integrate the information derived from the interview to construct an effective treatment program. This book, building on the success of its predecessor, Clinical Manual of Psychiatric Interview of Children and Adolescents,offers updated and revised material, as well as expanded coverage that includes new findings and addresses emerging issues in the field. For example, a new chapter focusing on the psychiatric evaluation of preschoolers and very young children has been added, and the section on bullying in the chapter on abuse has been expanded to include cyber bullying. Clinical vignettes illustrate important concepts and techniques, providing a real-world component that readers will find both fascinating and instructive, and the keypoints at the end of each chapter and numerous quick-reference tables facilitate consolidation of learning.
Easy to read, yet rigorous in its clinical focus, Psychiatric Interview of Children and Adolescents provides a solid foundation and expert guidance for clinicians evaluating and treating this critically important population.
Many worry that in modern psychiatry the compassionate and in-depth interview of the child and family with mental health issues will become a lost art. The second edition of Dr. Cepeda s excellent book will ensure that this does not happen. Using engaging case histories, Dr. Cepeda illustrates complex interview techniques in a way that makes them easy to implement in the clinic. Those new to child and psychiatry can learn all the basics of interviewing here, while the experienced clinician will find new ways to hone their skills. The book provides a clear roadmap for both a complete mental status examination and formulation. The book is a great resource for seminars on diagnostic interviewing. --Steven R. Pliszka, M.D., Dielmann Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas HealthScience Center at San Antonio