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Assessing Psychosis


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Introduction. PART I:Clinical Features of Psychosis 1.Observing and Listening to the Psychotic Experience 2. Understanding Core Symptoms 3. Charting the Course of Psychotic Episodes PART II: DIAGNOSTIC CONCEPTS 4. Diagnostic Classification: Past and Present 5. Diagnostic Categories or Dimensions? 6. Differential Diagnosis of Psychotic Disorders PART III: ASSESSING PSYCHOSIS 7. Assessing Psychotic Dimensions with Clinical Interviewing 8. Assessing Psychotic Dimensions with Psychological Tests 9. Assessing Psychotic Dimensions with Research-Based Instruments PART IV: ASSESSING SPECIAL ISSUES & POPULATIONS 10. Assessing Psychosis in a Cultural Context 11. Assessing Psychosis Proneness, Prodrome, and High Risk Factors 12. Assessing Suicide Risk in Psychosis13. Assessing Violence Risk in Psychosis Chapter 14. Assessing Psychosis in Children and Adolescents PART V. 15. Assessing the Diversity of the Psychotic Experience: A Recap and a Look Ahead. Appendices

About the Author

James H. Kleiger, PsyD, ABPP, ABAP, is a diplomate in clinical and assessment psychology and Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment. Dr. Kleiger is a practicing psychologist and psychoanalyst in Bethesda, MD. He is past President of the Baltimore Washington Society for Psychoanalysis and previously the Director of the Postdoctoral Psychology Training Program at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS. He is the author of Disordered Thinking and the Rorschach (The Analytic Press, 1999), along with numerous papers, book chapters, and presentations on assessing thought disorder and psychosis, psychotherapy, and psychoanalytic perspectives of psychological assessment. Ali Khadivi, PhD, is Associate Chairman for Clinical Care, Evaluation and Research, Department of Psychiatry, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and an associate professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment, Dr. Khadivi is an assessment psychologist, teacher, consultant, supervisor, and lecturer who has written and presented extensively on the topic of assessment of psychosis and severe mental illness. He maintains a clinical and forensic psychology practice in New York City.


"The book's detailed dissection of the phenomenology of psychosis will be useful to those interested in further refining what we mean when we say a person is `psychotic' and it challenged my understanding of diagnostic constructs. Instead of just describing the psychopathology, the authors explore the cognitive and psychological underpinnings of these psychotic symptoms" - Claire McKenna, ACAMH

"Written by clinicians for clinicians, this title addresses the psychopathology of psychoses. It illuminates the human dimension in the context of clinical application. The authors provide wisdom and methods to enhance the assessment of domains of pathology that will enrich the application of the DSM-5. Discussion of suicide, violence and psychosis proneness bring a clinical and scientific understanding to widely discussed public issues." - William T. Carpenter Jr., MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

"The authors provide comprehensive in-depth coverage of conceptual formulations, research findings, diagnostic considerations, and clinical assessment procedures concerning psychotic disturbance. This valuable contribution will be appreciated by mental health professionals at all levels of experience." --Irving B. Weiner, PhD, ABPP, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, University of South Florida

"Clinical social workers will treasure this "must have" guide to assessing psychosis. It contains pragmatic, immediately applicable ideas for the busy clinician. Providing unusual clarity and nuance to the complex world of psychosis Dr. Kleiger and Dr. Khadivi hit all the salient points covering clinical formulation, diagnostic concepts, and special populations including chapters on culture, violence, suicide, and children and adolescents. Case vignettes deepen clinical understanding and bring to life the humanity of the patient. As a clinician, supervisor, and faculty member, I cannot think of a more useful guide for the practicing clinician who struggles with the challenges of psychosis." - Gavin W. Behrens, MSW, LCSW-C, Faculty, Washington School of Psychiatry

"The theortical breadth of the authors is impressive... Assessing Psychosis: A Clinician's Guide provides a good summary of psychotic symptoms, and it will be useful to mental health clinicians who are unclear about them... Given its topic... this is probably the best book on the subject I have seen." - Rebecca Coleman Curtis, Adelphi University, W.A. White Institute, PsycCRITIQUES

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