Morrison, J. (2014). The first interview. (4th Ed). New York: The Guilford Press.

The first interview by James Morrison is a step by step guide to the first interview in a therapeutic relationship. James Morrison is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland and has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He is well versed in the clinical experience to expertly guide practitioners and scholars through the interview process. The text is based on best practice principles and supported by objective research. This the fourth edition of this popular publication presenting up to date information and approaches. Broken into 20 distinctive chapters, each explores a specific element of the mental health interview.

Given the focus of the text is the first interview, each chapter is a comprehensive break down of the process from openings and introductions through to the art of closure. Throughout, Morrison provides suggestions and examples to assist a practitioner’s ability to navigate the oft tricky preliminary meeting. He provides methods and recommendations to work through resistance and roadblocks. Morrison’s knowledge of the topic is apparent in the layout and style of the discussion. The dialogue is relaxed and the guidance offered in clear and easily digestible by the reader. The book is a welcome addition to the library of counselling and psychology professionals and would offer students a solid basis on which to build their understanding.

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