Skills in Psychodiagnostics - 2nd edition
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Background to SiP 4

In SiP 4 - Differential diagnostics in psychopathology, students are introduced to and taught clinical diagnostic skills. Good diagnostics is essential to a proper and efficient allocation of appropriate treatment of the client. Classification and diagnosis in clinical psychological practice is about organising the diversity of psychological symptoms that the psychologist will primarily obtain through conducting an anamnestic interview.


That's why this SiP also features the following sub-objectives:

  • teaching students that the diagnostic interview (also called anamnestic interview) is an important tool for a DSM-IV diagnosis;
  • having students gain an insight into the purpose and structure of the anamnestic interview;
  • teaching students to recognize psychopathological symptoms and, subsequently, make an adequate DSM-IV diagnosis;
  • teaching students to think in terms of differential diagnostics.


In order to achieve different objectives, two versions of SiP 4 were developed: a beginner's version (best suited for use in the first year of the BA curriculum in psychology when teaching the ‘introduction to clinical psychology’ course) and an intermediate version (best suited for use in the third year of the BA curriculum, or as part of the MA curriculum in clinical psychology).

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