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On-site SCID training consists primarily of a demonstration of a live SCID interview followed by group supervision of SCID interviews conducted by the trainees on actual subjects. It is expected that the trainees will have watched the SCID-101 didactic training series prior to the on-site training so that they are prepared to participate in the group interviews.  

Since the primary goal of the training is to give each trainee an opportunity to be supervised on their administration of the SCID, there is a practical limit on the number of individuals that can be trained at one time.  Ideally, each trainee should have the opportunity to administer one-half of a SCID interview.  Therefore, the maximum number of trainees is related to the number of SCID interviews that can be done during the training (see below for guidelines).

The training usually commences with a discussion of any issues that have arisen during the didactic portion of the training, followed by a series of SCID interviews conducted on volunteer subjects. Typically the first SCID interview is conducted by the trainer in order to demonstrate his or her SCID technique, followed by interviews conducted by the trainees (one or two trainees per interview, depending on the number of people being trained and the duration of the training). 

It is the responsibility of the site to arrange for subjects to be available for the demonstration interviews. Optimally the volunteer subjects should be selected so as to resemble the types of subjects who will be used in the study (e.g., if the SCID is being used in a schizophrenia study, the subjects should be selected from a population of patients with psychotic disorders). In order to minimize the possibility of no-shows during the training, we recommend that the subjects be paid for their time and ideally that two subjects be scheduled for each time slot (i.e., one subject serving as a back-up in case the other subject does not show up). It is recommended that your local Institutional Review Board be notified of subject recruitment for the purposes of this training. 

Practically speaking, it makes sense to schedule three or four SCID interviews per day of training.  (Three is ideal; four interviews tend to lead to participant exhaustion and may impose a time constraint on the post-interview discussions).  Therefore whether the training is one- or two-days depends on the number of SCID interviews to be scheduled (which in turn depends on the number of individuals being trained.). Please contact Dr. Michael First at 212-543-5531 or mbf2@columbia.edu for additional information regarding cost and schedule availability.