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Clinical Interviews for Children and Adolescents

Third Edition
Assessment to Intervention

Stephanie H. McConaughy and Sara A. Whitcomb

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Widely recognized as an authoritative resource, this book has been revised and updated with the latest research and techniques, including new material on telehealth services. Guidelines are provided for conducting thorough, developmentally informed interviews with K–12 students—and their parents and teachers—for multimethod assessment and intervention planning. Extensive case examples illustrate how to elicit information about school functioning, peer relations, emotional and behavioral difficulties, family situations, and adolescent concerns. Two guest authors have contributed chapters on suicide and violence risk assessments. In a convenient large-size format, the book includes over a dozen reproducible interviewing tools; purchasers get access to a webpage where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

This title is part of The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by Sandra M. Chafouleas.

“Provides the reader with an excellent model for effective, real-life clinical problem solving with difficult child clinical cases....This volume and the clinical methods it presents serve as an excellent model for optimization of integrative psychological assessment with children and adolescents. Its widespread use as an academic text and as a manual for clinical practice is strongly encouraged.”

PsycCRITIQUES (on the first edition)

“This book packs in a large amount of useful and user-friendly information....Provides invaluable, research-based clinical interview strategies, techniques, and theories for busy school psychologists and other practitioners in a format that is well-organized and easy to use.”

NASP Communiqué (on the first edition)

“Graduate students will likely find the example interview questions, interview protocols, and case studies useful….This book provides a solid foundation for those interested in learning about child and adolescent clinical interviewing.”

NASP Communiqué

“The third edition of this very practical book captures the true complexity of clinical interviewing. The book has been thoroughly updated to include the impact of technology on the everyday lives of children and adolescents, as well as recent scholarship related to diversity, gender identity, sexual behaviors, and substance use. The explanations of clinical interviewing are richly illustrated with six case examples that are revisited throughout the chapters. The interviewing strategies discussed are readily translated into practice, given the many included reproducible protocols. Throughout, McConaughy and Whitcomb's explanations ring true to their extensive experience as both scholars and mental health practitioners.”

—Beth Doll, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology and Training Director, Nebraska Consortium for Internships in Professional Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“This excellent third edition will doubtless remain the go-to book for practitioners who conduct clinical interviews or professors who teach in this area. There is not a topic in clinical interviewing that has not been covered. The book is easy to read, scholarly, and empirically justified, and has case examples emphasizing the main points. There is none other like it on the market.”

—Melissa A. Bray, PhD, Professor and Director, School Psychology Program, University of Connecticut

“A timely update to an authoritative guide. Updates in the third edition include coverage of virtual interviews, increased attention to bullying and victimization, and an expanded discussion of interviewing children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Students in graduate courses on social–emotional assessment will be well served by having this text on their reading lists. Even experienced practitioners will find the book useful in expanding their skill sets, and will appreciate the valuable materials it contains, such as the revised Semistructured Student Interview. Interviewing is an essential skill for school-based practitioners, and I can think of no better foundational text than this welcome third edition.”

—Robert J. Volpe, PhD, Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University

Table of Contents

1. Clinical Interviews in the Context ofMultimethod Assessment sample

2. Strategies for Child Clinical Interviews

3. Child Clinical Interviews: Activities, School, and Peer Relations

4. Child Clinical Interviews: Self-Awareness, Feelings, and Adolescent Issues

5. Child Clinical Interviews: Home Situation and Family Relations

6. Parent Interviews

7. Teacher Interviews

8. Interpreting Clinical Interviews for Assessment and Intervention

9. Assessing Risk for Suicide, David N. Miller

10. Assessing Youth Violence and Threats of Violence in Schools: School-Based Risk Assessments


About the Authors

Stephanie H. McConaughy, PhD, is Research Professor Emerita in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Vermont. She specializes in research on and assessment of children’s behavioral, emotional, and learning problems and is a member of the research team that developed the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA). She served on the editorial boards of professional journals in psychology and school psychology and was an associate editor of School Psychology Review. Dr. McConaughy is the author of over 60 journal articles and chapters and 8 books and assessment manuals.

Sara A. Whitcomb, PhD, is Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the School Psychology Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a past recipient of the University of Oregon College of Education's Horizon Alumni Award. Dr. Whitcomb has written several books and numerous peer-reviewed articles on behavioral, social, and emotional assessment, as well as social and emotional learning. She has given workshops and professional presentations to school psychologists and school staff throughout the United States and abroad.


David N. Miller, PhD, School Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York, NY

William Halikias,PsyD, ABAP,American Board of Assessment Psychology, VT


School psychologists and counselors working in grades K–12, special educators, behavior specialists, school-based social workers, child and adolescent clinical psychologists, and child psychiatrists.

Course Use

May serve as a text in graduate-level school and clinical psychology courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Second Edition, © 2013
ISBN: 9781462508419

First Edition, © 2005
ISBN: 9781593852054
New to this edition: