Transforming Daunting Clinical Tasks

Practical interviewing techniques for engaging clients with Borderline/Narcissistic Personality Disorders, Spotting Dangerous Psychotic Process, and Uncovering Hidden Anxiety Disorders and Trauma

Internationally acclaimed author and innovator in clinical interviewing, Dr Shawn Shea returns to New Zealand and Australia in October in 2019. This latest workshop will provide front-line clinicians with practical, specific interviewing techniques and state-of-the-art skills necessary to tackle the most difficult clinical situations facing clinicians.

This one-day workshop consists of 3 enlightening segments:
  • The Innovative Use of Object Relations: Gateway to Understanding the People Beneath the Personality Diagnoses
  • The Inner World of the People Beneath the Diagnosis: Interviewing Techniques for Uncovering Anxiety Disorders
  • The Elusive World of Psychosis: How to Help Patients Share Their Pain, Hallucinations, Delusions, and Dangerous Thoughts

In Segment 1, Dr. Shea explores practical interviewing methods for rapidly, yet sensitively, engaging clients who are typically viewed as “being difficult to engage”. He brings a new light to old psychodynamic concepts such as object relations and the psychology of the self deftly integrating them with cognitive and behavioural approaches, while shedding a compassionate light on people coping with borderline and narcissistic process. The result is an easily understood and clarifying set of specific interviewing techniques for engaging difficult to engage clients, uncovering serious personality pathology, and effectively determining the number of treatment sessions.

Segment 2 turns the focus onto one of the most problematic of all clinical gremlins - inaccurate or missed diagnoses. Taking the workshop participants on a sophisticated journey into an exploration of the people beneath the anxiety diagnoses - using a series of vivid videos of actual clinical interviews - he provides a refreshing understanding of how people individually experience and make sense of their anxiety symptoms and/or trauma. From this phenomenological understanding, Dr. Shea demonstrates numerous, specific interviewing techniques that help uncover the complexities of often misunderstood diagnoses such as OCD, PTSD, and panic disorder including their atypical presentations.

After lunch Segment 3 looks at the disturbing and painful world of psychosis. Dr Shea will demonstrate a variety of specific interviewing techniques that help clinicians ferret out the earliest signs of impending psychosis or relapse, while providing a better understanding of the exquisite pain created by psychotic process. From this sophisticated understanding, he provides imminently practical interviewing techniques for spotting dangerous psychotic process including suicide, homicide, and self-mutilation. Once again Dr. Shea illustrates the interviewing techniques with compelling videos of their use with actual clients experiencing psychotic process.

Learning Outcomes:

Be able to utilize the theories of object relations (Kernberg) and the psychology of the self (Kohut) to apply specific interviewing techniques - such as the complementary shift - to engage difficult to engage clients while quickly spotting serious psychopathology such as borderline, narcissistic, and antisocial process.

Be able to use specific interviewing techniques for rapidly, yet sensitively, uncovering OCD, PTSD, and panic disorder (including atypical presentations) using the DSM-V while sensitively understanding the nuances of how these disorders may appear and the trauma that may precipitate them.

Be able to utilise a diversity of interviewing techniques for spotting delusional mood, delusional perception, the life-cycle of a psychosis, and dangerous psychotic processes (including the four vectors of dangerousness in command hallucinations, elusively hidden alien control, and psychotically distorted hyper-religiosity).

Who Should Attend:

This training is appropriate for psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, case managers, substance abuse counsellors, general practitioners and all mental health trainees.

About the Presenter:

Shawn Shea, MD is an internationally acclaimed innovator in the fields of clinical interviewing, suicide assessment, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance having given over 850 presentations worldwide. He has been a frequent presenter at Psychiatric Symposiums across the globe and is the recipient of the American Association of Suicidology, and the American Psychiatric Association of their Outstanding Course Award.

Dr. Shea is the author of seven books and numerous journal articles with his book, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, being viewed as one of the classic texts in the field of suicidology. His most recent book, Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding, 3rd Edition was selected by the British Medical Association as the 2017 Book of the Year in Psychiatry.

With nearly 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Shea is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA), a training and consultation service providing workshops, consultations, and quality assurance design in mental health assessment. He is also in private practice.


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