The Tip of the Month Archives

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#174 August 2015

Easing the Pain for a Patient Who is Involuntarily Committed

#173 July 2015

A Method of Sensitively Raising the Topic of Suicide with an Adolescent

#172 June 2014

Borderline Personality Dynamics: the Role of Self-Normalization

#171 May 2014

Uncovering Murder/Suicide: An Ultra-Sensitive Area

#170 April 2014

Uncovering Murder and Past Violence

#169 March 2014

Medication Interest from a Child's Needs

#168 February 2014

Shame Attenuation and Normalization: the Role of Euphemism

#167 January 2014

The "Ouch Strategy" for Improving Medication Interest and Use

#166 December 2013

Exploring Dangerous Psychotic Hyper-religiosity

#165 November 2013

Gracefully Raising the Topic of Auditory and Visual Hallucinations

#164 October 2013

Highlighting the Collaborative Nature of Healing with Medications

#163 September 2013

Yet Another Response to the "I Don't Know" Answer

#162 August 2013

Asking Permission to Explore Sensitive Material

#161 July 2013

Exploring the Morning After the Suicide Attempt

#160 June 2013

Listening to the Patient's Symptomatic Concerns: The List Technique

#159 May 2013

Helping Patients to Feel Comfortable with the Use of Antidepressants

#158 April 2013

Proactively Suggesting Medication Discontinuation if Needed

#157 March 2013

Uncovering the Pain Beneath the Suicidal Thought

#156 February 2013

Consulting the "Other Person"

#155 January 2013

Collaboratively Negotiating Dosage of a Medication

#154 December 2012

The "Why" Behind the Hesitancy

#153 November 2012

A Few Tips for the Closing Phase of the Interview

#152 October 2012

A Few Secrets for Uncovering Sexual Trauma

#151 September 2012

A Few Secrets for Uncovering Trauma

#150 August 2012

Uncovering Hidden Medication Expectations

#149 July 2012

Helping a Hesitant Client Share Suicidal Ideation

#148 June 2012

Uncovering the Depth of Suicidal Intent and the Concept of "Reflected Intent"

#147 May 2012

More Accurately Gauging the Dangerousness of a Suicide Attempt

#146 April 2012

Uncovering Command Hallucinations

#145 March 2012

Uncovering Auditory Hallucinations

#144 February 2012

Another Approach to the “I Don’t Know” Answer

#143 January 2012

Tapping for Possible Discontinuance of a Medication

#142 December 2011

The "Family Inquiry Strategy" for Increasing Medication Interest

#141 November 2011

Two Questions for Indirectly Gaining Some Insight on a Client’s Suicidal Intent

#140 October 2011

When a Client Doubts Our Competence

#139 September 2011

Suggesting a "Verbal Videotape"?

#138 August 2011

Moving More Deeply Into Our Client's Perceptions of His or Her Illness

#137 July 2011

A Key to Problematic Social Histories

#136 June 2011

"To Fill or Not to Fill"?, That Is the Question

#135 May 2011

The "Chief Concern"?

#134 April 2011

First Thoughts on Suicide

#133 March 2011

Exploring Suicidal Behavior as a Form of Communication

#132 February 2011

Subtly Raising the Topic of Suicide

#131 January 2011

Taking the Heat Off of the Decision to Start a Medication

#130 December 2010

Uncovering Reasons to Live

#129 November 2010

Creating Collaborative Gratitude

#128 October 2010

The Missing Prescription

#127 September 2010

Letting the Patient Set the Goal for the Healing Intervention

#126 August 2010

Medications and Friends

#125 July 2010

Explorative Questions for Uncovering Depressive Angst and Suicidal Pain

#124 June 2010

A Gentle Way of Raising the Topic of Psychosis in an Initial Interview

#123 May 2010

A Gentle Way to Help Clients Share Problematic Behaviors

#122 April 2010

Helping with the Psychological Stress Post-Abortion

#121 March 2010

Uncovering "Passive" Suicidal Thought and Behavior

#120 February 2010

More Questions for Uncovering Suicidal Ideation and Reflected Intent

#119 January 2010

Uncovering Unusual Methods of Suicide

#118 December 2009

Finding Hope in the Darkness

#117 November 2009

Looking for the Last Drink

#116 October 2009

Another Good Probe Question for the Social History

#115 September 2009

The Empathic Power of Closed-Ended Questions

#114 August 2009

Personalizing Potential Side-Effect Choices

#113 July 2009

Uncovering the "Turning Point" with Suicide

#112 June 2009

A Simple Phrase for Disarming Anger

#111 May 2009

Two Nice Tips for Uncovering a More Valid History of Substance Use

#110 April 2009

An Intriguing Method for Uncovering the Depth of Suicidal Intent

#109 March 2009

"Why Me, Why Now?": Pathways to Understanding the Client's Spirituality as a Powerful Component of Suicide Assessment

#108 February 2009

Uncovering Delusional Material

#107 January 2009

"The Scale Metaphor" for Improving Medication Interest

#106 December 2008

"The Gardener's Tip" for Improving Medication Interest

#105 November 2008

Gentle Ways of Approaching a Difficult Topic: Tips for Uncovering Incest

#104 October 2008

Another Subtle Gauge for Suicidal Intent

#103 September 2008

The Search for "Suicide Searches" on the Internet

#102 August 2008

A Family That Takes Meds Together Stays Together

#101 July 2008

Helping Patients Who Have AIDS Cope With Demoralization

#100 June 2008

Helping the Client to Pinpoint Problematic Behaviors or Situations

#99 May 2008

Raising the Topic of Physical Fighting

#98 April 2008

Helping Clients Share Childhood Behaviors Suggestive of Sociopathy

#97 March 2008

The "One-Word Difference" When Asking About Substance Abuse

#96 February 2008

Several Strategies for Uncovering Drug and Alcohol Histories (excerpted from the Psychiatric Clinics of North America)

#95 January 2008

Sensitively Uncovering the Client's Work History - Pitfalls and Solutions (excerpted from the Psychiatric Clinics of North America)

#94 December 2007

"The Waiting Room as a Place of Warmth"

#93 November 2007

"Medications as Tools: Patients as the Boss of Which Tool and When"

#92 October 2007

"The Client as Expert"

#91 September 2007

"The Value of Letting Patients Know the Cost of Medications that Cost Nothing"

#90 August 2007

"Easing the Patient's Pain When Sharing Embarrassing Material with Both Adults and Children"

#89 July 2007

"Uncovering Hidden Suicidal Intent as Related to Potential Life Stressors"

#88 June 2007

"Helping Patients to Share Missed Medication Doses With Minimal Shame"

#87 May 2007

"Bypassing the word 'But': A Note for Supervisors and Clinicians"

#86 April 2007

"Increasing Medication Interest Using Crutches As a Metaphor"

#85 March 2007

"The 'Learning to Ride a Bicycle' Metaphor"

#84 February 2007

"Putting Trust Right Out On the Table"

#83 January 2007

"The Distancing Signal: Shifting from the Pronoun 'I' to 'You' by an Interviewee"

#82 December 2006

"Enhancing a Patient's Belief in a Medication and the 'Talisman Effect'"

#81 November 2006

"Helping a Patient Feel More Comfortable with a Reasonable Risk"

#80 October 2006

"A Family that Takes Meds Together Stays Together"

#79 September 2006

"Helping Patients with Cancer to Consider Quitting Smoking"

#78 August 2006

"Determining a Patient's Attitudes Towards Taking Medications in General"

#77 July 2006

"Helping a Patient with Organic Brain Damage to Take Their Meds"

#76 June 2006

"Raising the Topic of Physical Fighting"

#75 May 2006

"Culling the Truth in Disability Evaluations"

#74 April 2006

"The Paradox of 'Not Pushing' Meds"

#73 March 2006

"Looking for a Teacher"

#72 February 2006

"The 'Football on the Shelf Tip' for Improving Medication Interest"

#71 January 2006

"Side Doors Into the Elicitation of Suicidal Ideation"

#70 December 2005

"Providing a Medication Menu"

#69 November 2005

"Being Sensitive and Clear with Clients When Asking About Sexual Abuse"

#68 October 2005

"Creatively Adapting Psychoeducation to the Needs of the Anxiety Bound Client"

#67 September 2005

Cutting Through Parent Distortion

#66 August 2005

When a Client Doubts Our Competence

#65 July 2005

Two "Tricks of the Trade" for Assessing Suicidal Intent

#64 June 2005

"Uncovering Command Hallucinations"

#63 May 2005

"Getting a Read on the Patient's Grapevine on a Medication"

#62 April 2005

"A Tip from a Newspaper Journalist"

#61 March 2005

"Helping Clients End Sessions Promptly"

#60 February 2005

"Yet Another Approach to the 'I don't know syndrome' with Adolescents"

#59 January 2005

"A Couple More Tips for Spotting Malingering"

#58 December 2004

"Helping Little Kids get Excited About Their Meds"

#57 November 2004

Asking About Substance Abuse

#56 October 2004

Effectively Introducing the Idea of the "Treatment Team"

#55 September 2004

Gentle Way of Raising the Topic of Suicide

#54 August 2004

Helping Clients to Share Their Opinion of Their Own Suicidal Risk

#53 July 2004

A Few Tips for "Withholding Clients"

#52 June 2004

Helping the Client Pinpoint Problematic Behaviors or Situations

#51 May 2004

Talking with Children About Their Medications

#50 April 2004

Building Credibility with Parents

#49 March 2004

A Practical Tip On Easing the Pain for Parents When Reporting Child Abuse

#48 February 2004

Giving Clients Pause for Thought Concerning Suicide

#47 January 2004

A Creative Idea for Helping Patients Deal with the Possible Stigmatization of Taking a Medication at Work

#46 December 2003

Tips for Uncovering Drug and Alcohol Histories

#45 November 2003

The Power of Behavioral Specificity for Uncovering the Truth: Head Trauma

#44 October 2003

Asking the Client to Speculate on His or Her "Breaking Point"

#43 September 2003

Immediate Follow-up On Treatment Recommendations

#42 August 2003

Probing for the Possibility of Impulsive Suicide

#41 July 2003

Helping AIDS Patients to Cope with Demoralization

#40 June 2003

Assessing Suicidal Pain

#39 May 2003

A Simple Question About Meds

#38 April 2003

Focusing Upon the Client's Strengths

#37 March 2003

Helping Client's to Share Childhood Behaviors Suggestive of Sociopathy

#36 February 2003

Uncovering the Patient's Understanding of His or Her Meds

#35 January 2003

Uncovering Hidden Stresses, Workloads, and Skills

#34 December 2002

Moving More Deeply Into Our Client's Perceptions of His or Her Illness

#33 November 2002

Establishing Trust in the Correctional Setting

#32 October 2002

Caring for "the Person" in a Primary Care Setting

#31 September 2002

Helping Patients Feel Comfortable Sharing Concerns About Meds

#30 August 2002

The Importance of Primacy and Recency Effects When Teaching Our Clients

#29 July 2002

Letting Clients Help In the Formulation of Their Own Diagnosis

#28 June 2002

Instilling the Possibility of Change

#27 May 2002

Malingering or True Suicidal Intent?

#26 April 2002

Assessing a Client's Suicidal Intent

#25 March 2002

Drawing Clients Back to Their Own Words

#24 February 2002

The Hidden Value of Asking About Accidents

#23 January 2002

Acknowledging Trust

#22 December 2001

Exploring the Ambivalence of Suicide

#21 November 2001

Effective Questions for the Closing Phase of the Interview

#20 October 2001

An Approach to Rehearsed Interviews

#19 September 2001

The Usefulness of Admitting Mistakes

#18 August 2001

Where Should We Put the Clock?

#17 July 2001

Helping Teens to Feel Comfortable Telling the Truth

#16 June 2001

Important Secrets in the "Medication Sheet"

#15 May 2001

Asking About Current "Employment Status"

#14 April 2001

Another Approach for the "I Don't Know " Answer

#13 March 2001

A Nice Question for the "Closing Phase" of the Interview

#12 February 2001

Helping Patients Who Are Somaticizing to Discuss Psychiatric Symptoms

#11 January 2001

Uncovering Client Fears in the First Few Minutes

#10 December 2000

Helping Patients Feel Comfortable with Their Meds in a Primary Care Setting

#9 November 2000

Helping Clients with Severe Social Anxiety to Feel More Comfortable in the First Meeting

#8 October 2000

Helping Teenagers Feel More Comfortable Sharing Confidential Material in a Primary Care Setting

#7 September 2000

Asking Asian Americans about a Family History of Mental Illness: Some Cross Cultural Tips

#6 August 2000

Helping Clients Feel Safe to Share Their Drug and Alcohol Problems

#5 July 2000

Helping Children Relax at the Beginning of the Initial Interview

#4 May 2000

Transforming a Gremlin: the "I don't know" Response from Adolescents.

#3 May 2000

First Name or Last? How to Address the Client.

#2 April 2000

Uncovering Auditory Hallucinations

#1 March 2000

The Validity Technique of "Normalization"

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