"Every good teacher, if he is to make his students good doctors, must get them to cultivate the habit of noticing the little apparent trifles."

    Joseph Bell, M.D. (1837-1911)
    Chief Surgeon at the
    Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

    (Physician upon which Sherlock Holmes was based)

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Consultations on Suicide Assessment, Risk Documentation, Designing Clinical Interviewing Courses, Supervision, and the 3-day Mentorship Retreat

Dr. Shea provides consultations on two broad topics:

  1. Suicide assessment and prevention approaches and policies including clinical standards, suicide prevention coordination programs (as seen in the VA system), documentation design, quality assurance in suicide assessment, and ongoing training of clinicians.

  2. Training supervisors to teach clinical interviewing and medical interviewing, designing clinical interviewing courses in graduate schools of psychology, counseling, social work, and psychiatric residency training programs, as well as trainings on using facilic supervision, role-playing, macrotraining, and the Medication Interest Model (MIM)

Mentorship Retreat

Dr. Shea also provides a 3-day mentorship retreat based upon the following articles on supervising clinical interviewing and clinical interviewing course design:

  1. Shea SC, Green R, Barney C, Cole S, Lapetina, G, Baker, B (2007) Designing clinical interviewing training courses for psychiatric residents: A practical primer for interviewing mentors. Psychiatric Clinics of North America: Clinical Interviewing, Practical Tips from Master Clinicians. 30(2):283-314.

  2. Shea SC, Mezzich, JE, Bohon, S, Zeiders A (1989) A comprehensive and Individualized psychiatric interviewing training program. Acad Psychiatry 13(2):61-72.

  3. Shea, S., C., & Barney, C. (2007) Facilic supervision and schematics: the art of training psychiatric residents and other mental health professionals how to structure clinical interviews sensitively. Psychiatric Clinics of North America: Clinical Interviewing - Practical Tips from Master Clinicians. 30(2):e51-e96, web-based article.

  4. Shea SC, Barney C.: Macrotraining: a "how-to" primer for using serial role- playing to train complex clinical interviewing tasks such as suicide assessment. Psychiatric Clinics of North America: Clinical Interviewing - Practical tips from Master Clinicians. 30(2):web-based article, e1-e30.

The following retreat is designed for the faculty of graduate programs in clinical psychology, counseling, and social work, psychiatric residencies, and clinical programs in which the institution wishes to design an intensive interviewing training program with a heavy emphasis upon ongoing, direct mentorship of interviewing skills. This "train the trainer" retreat focuses on teaching supervisors state of the art methods of training students in the following skills: engagement skills, abilities to transform resistance, diagnostic skills using the DSM-IV, and suicide and violence assessment skills. The philosophy is to teach these skills with a real world emphasis that the student should be able to incorporate these skills into a comprehensive initial assessment completed in 60 minutes, exactly as they will be expected to do in actual clinics, community mental health centers, and hospitals once leaving grad school or a psychiatric residency program.