The DSM-5 and Psychodiagnostic Interviewing

The best clinicians seamlessly combine diagnostic interviewing and excellent rapport-building during the initial session, and in this course you’ll learn how to do just that. This comprehensive course in the DSM-5, will teach you how to:

  • Conduct a diagnostic interview with an emphasis on therapeutic care of the client
  • Become familiar with major diagnostic categories and criteria of the most common disorders of adult clients
  • Learn to maintain a balanced and ethical approach to diagnostic issues
  • Push for more specific information while establishing and maintaining rapport
  • Recognize behavioral cues in addition to verbal reports of symptoms

Video vignettes with 11 clients bring to life the practice of diagnostic interviewing for the most common diagnoses (PTSD, Adjustment Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Depression, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Alcohol Use Disorder, Anorexia, Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality Disorders) with an emphasis on the therapeutic care of clients.


Jason Buckles, PhD 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.

Victor Yalom, PhD has produced over 60 training videos in psychotherapy, counseling, and addictions treatment.


"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 

“The concise overview of diagnostic criteria, inclusion of psychodiagnostic interview vignettes followed by the discourse between Dr. Victor Yalom and Dr. Jason Buckles provide clinicians with the necessary resources to effectively execute psychodiagnostic interviews with diverse clients with a myriad of psychiatric diagnoses."

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

 “A highly informative, rich exploration of the field’s current understanding of psychopathology, drawing from the DSM-5 with practical, specific applications and examples that can assist both present and future practitioners. Offering specific insights to assist in diagnostic differentiation and modeling concrete practices to be used in session with clients, the video is instructive and clear, as well as gentle and normalizing in overall tone. As a counselor educator and supervisor, this video would certainly serve as a valuable tool in helping counseling students and supervisees understand both the ‘grey’ and the ‘black-and-white’ of clinical psychopathology, assessment, and diagnosis, as well as corresponding treatment implications.”

—T. S. Hanna, PhD, Counselor Educator and Supervisor



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