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User's Guide for the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5® Disorders—Clinician Version (SCID-5-CV)

Michael B. First, M.D., Janet B. W. Williams, Ph.D., Rhonda S. Karg, Ph.D., and Robert L. Spitzer, M.D.

  • 2016
  • 176 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-58562-524-6
  • Item #62524

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The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 Disorders—Clinician Version (SCID-5-CV) guides the clinician step-by-step through the DSM-5 diagnostic process. Interview questions are provided conveniently along each corresponding DSM-5 criterion, which aids in rating each as either present or absent. A unique and valuable tool, the SCID-5-CV covers the DSM-5 diagnoses most commonly seen in clinical settings.

The User's Guide for the SCID-5-CV provides comprehensive instructions on how to use the SCID-5-CV effectively and accurately. It not only describes the rationale, structure, conventions, and usage of the SCID-5-CV, but also discusses in detail how to interpret and apply the specific DSM-5 criteria for each of the disorders included in the SCID-5-CV. A number of sample role-play and homework cases are also included to help clinicians learn how to use the SCID-5-CV.

Together with the SCID-5-CV, the User's Guide for the SCID-5-CV will prove invaluable to clinicians, researchers, interviewers, and students in the mental health professions who seek to integrate time-tested interview questions corresponding to the DSM-5 criteria into their DSM-5 diagnostic assessment process.


  • Introduction. History of the SCID. Versions of the SCID. SCID-CV diagnostic coverage and time frame. Basic features of the SCID-5-CV. Administration of the SCID. SCID conventions and usage. SCID dos and don'ts. Differentiating general medical and substance/medication etiologies from primary disorders. Special instructions for individual modules. SCID-CV diagnostic summary score sheet. Overview. Module A: Evaluation of mood episodes and persistent depressive disorder. Module B: Psychotic and associated symptoms. Module C: Differential diagnosis of psychotic disorders (c.1-c.30). Module D: Differential diagnosis of mood disorders. Module E: Substance use disorders. Module F: anxiety disorders. Module G: obsessive-compulsive and related disorders and PTSD. Module H: attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Module I: screening for other disorders. Module J: adjustment disorder. Training. Psychometric issues. References. Appendix A: DSM-5 criteria for screened disorders in module i. Appendix B: training materials. Homework cases.


    Michael B. First M.D.
    Janet B.W. Williams, Ph.D.
    Rhonda S. Karg, Ph.D.
    Robert L. Spitzer, M.D.

About the Authors

Michael B. First M.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University and a Research Psychiatrist at the Division of Clinical Phenomenology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

Janet B.W. Williams, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (in Psychiatry and Neurology), Columbia University and Senior Vice President of Global Science, at MedAvante, Inc.

Rhonda S. Karg, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, Division of Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Research, RTI International, Durham, North Carolina

Robert L. Spitzer, M.D., is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Columbia University.

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