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The DSM-5 and Psychodiagnostic Interviewing (4-video series)
In this first series of its kind, get a comprehensive course in the DSM-5, its uses and misuses, as well as step-by-step instructions in diagnosis and psychodiagnostic interviewing. Using vignettes of 11 different clients struggling with some of the most common diagnoses, Jason Buckles and Victor Yalom instruct viewers in the delicate balance of obtaining diagnostic information while creating a warm alliance with new clients.
The best clinicians seamlessly combine diagnostic interviewing and excellent rapport-building during the initial session, and in this series you’ll learn how to do just that.

Volume 1 begins with Jason Buckles and Victor Yalom digging deep into some of the most fundamental questions in the field of mental health: What is a mental disorder? What is a diagnosis? What are the benefits as well as the drawbacks of conceptualizing human problems as disorders? Is it appropriate to use the medical model to treat mental illness? The many valuable uses of our diagnostic system—from having a common language among professionals, to securing insurance coverage, to scientific research—are seamlessly woven into their dynamic discussion as well. In the second half of volume 1, you’ll get clear step-by-step instructions, illustrated with short clinical demonstrations, of the various components of doing a diagnostic interview.

Volume 2 provides the opportunity to watch diagnostic interviews with clients struggling with adjustment, panic, generalized anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorders—four of the more common diagnoses encountered in clinical practice. Volume 3 covers diagnoses that can sometimes overlap and be hard to distinguish from one another: Depressive and persistent depressive disorders, bipolar, and substance use disorders. In the 4th and final volume of the series, watch skilled interviewers working with a young man who has schizophrenia, an aspiring ballerina struggling with anorexia, and a woman with all the features we associate with borderline personality disorder. You’ll see the therapists struggle with these clients—as lack of insight and psychotic thinking can often be present with these disorders—and still find a way to gather information for a working diagnosis.

Insightful commentaries by Buckles and Yalom are offered before, during and after each vignette that distill the essence of each diagnosis as well as the challenges that can arise in the diagnostic process with new clients.

New and more experienced mental health professionals with a wide variety of training backgrounds, and in settings ranging from emergency rooms to independent practice, will benefit from this engaging, nuanced and instructive series.

Diagnoses covered in this series:
  • PTSD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Panic Disorder
  • Depression
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Alcohol Use Disorder
  • Anorexia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder

What therapists are saying…

“These videos are perfect for anyone teaching diagnosis and psychopathology. The differential diagnoses in the vignettes are extremely useful for teaching students to think critically about the symptomatology they're seeing and how to parse out what they mean. The information is presented in a down-to-earth manner that is easy for students to understand.”

—Karyl Meister, PhD, Department of Counseling and Psychology, Northern State University
“This high quality video series provides a clear, cogent, and concise breakdown of specific diagnostic criteria within the DSM 5 and effective psychodiagnostic interviewing skills. The series is intentional in exploring the historical underpinnings of the DSM along with understanding the need for cultural sensitivity given our diverse society. The vignettes and follow-up discussions are a fantastic resource for rehabilitation counselor educators as they provide live teaching tools that can enhance student self-efficacy and competence.”

—Christan Horton, PhD, , Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Studies, Winston Salem State University
“This is the video series I wish were available when I was in graduate school. I highly recommend these as a resource for seasoned clinicians, graduate classes in diagnosis and assessment, and for any therapist who wants to ethically bridge the divide between humanistic connection with clients and diagnosing to meet medical criteria for insurance billing.”

— Julie Clay, LPC, Harrisonburg, VA 
“A magnificent educational training series for counseling students and counselors-in-training. The series thoroughly and comprehensively addresses the challenges of clinical interviewing and diagnosis and includes thoughtful discussions on psychopathology and multicultural competence. I highly recommend this as a teaching and training tool.”

—Aaron S. Hymes, PhD, Dept of Counseling and Human Development, Lindsey Wilson College
“An excellent resource for clinicians in training as well as newly licensed professionals. The concise overview of diagnostic criteria, inclusion of psychodiagnostic interview vignettes followed by the discourse between Dr. Victor Yalom and Dr. Jason Buckles provide novice clinicians with the necessary resources to effectively execute psychodiagnostic interviews with diverse clients with a myriad of psychiatric diagnoses.”

—Alayna Thomas, MS, PhD Candidate, Rehabilitation Counseling, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Length of Series: 9:47:00

English subtitles available

Jason Buckles, PhD, earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology at New York University in 1992. While there he worked on psychiatric diagnostic projects at Bellevue Hospital and the New York Psychiatric Institute. He earned his Master’s in Counseling at The University of New Mexico in 2001 and PhD at The University of New Mexico in 2016. Buckles has a private mental health counseling practice and behavior consultation agency specializing in supports for people with intellectual disability and concurrent mental health diagnoses. From 2012 through 2016 he was the statewide clinical director of the New Mexico Department of Health—Bureau of Behavioral Support. Since late 2016 he has been the executive director of A Better Way of Living, an agency that provides life-wide supports for people with intellectual disability and concurrent behavioral and/or mental health conditions. He has taught psychiatric assessment and diagnosis at New Mexico Highlands University since 2002 and in the Special Education department at The University of New Mexico since 2015.

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