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SCID-101 DIDACTIC TRAINING SERIES

The SCID-101 recorded training series is an eleven hour course in the use of the Structured Clinician Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders. The SCID-101 DVDs have been made to be compatible with NTSC standards. The content of this training material covers and expands on much of the information found in the SCID User’s Guide. Click here to order a set of the SCID-101 DVDs.

The contents of the eight DVDs are as follows:

DVD  1: Introduction
DVD  2: Overview (plus example of Overview)
DVD  3: Module A
DVD  4: Module D (plus example of Mood Episode and Disorder)
DVD  5: Modules B and C (plus example of Psychotic Disorder)
DVD  6: Module E (plus one example of Alcohol and a second example of Non-Alcohol Substance)
DVD  7: Module F (plus examples of PTSD, and GAD)
DVD  8: Modules G, H, I, and J

We encourage users to view only those sections that are relevant to their needs.  Most users will want to view the first two DVDs regardless of the type of study they are doing.  The remaining DVDS are arranged by module.  You need only view the DVDs corresponding to the SCID modules being used for your study.  Accompanying the DVDs is a guidebook that indicates (using time codes) the detailed contents of each DVD, to allow you to fast forward past sections that describe disorders or subtypes that you are not interested in assessing.  (Note:  These DVDs may not be sold individually.  They are only available as a complete set. 

How to Use the DVDs

The DVDs may be used as a self-teaching program or incorporated into a workshop or series of classes conducted by a SCID trainer.  Anyone who wishes to become an expert SCID user should first read the User’s Guide and carefully look over the SCID; then watch the DVD recordings, following along with a copy of the SCID.  It should be noted that the SCID-101 training series was recorded in 1997 and thus makes references to the 1996 version of the SCID.   There have been a number of relatively minor revisions of the SCID since 1996, some of which entailed appending additional pages to the SCID.  Therefore, the page number references on the DVDs do not correspond to the current version of the SCID.   When you watch the DVDs, you should follow the logic rather than the page numbers of the SCID as described in the DVDs.

Trying to watch all the DVDs in a single 11 hour marathon is unlikely to be an effective method of learning the SCID.  At the end of the 11 hours, the viewer will most certainly be asleep, brain-dead, or both.  The ideal format is to watch one DVD per training session (almost all of the DVDs are less than 2 hours each) with a group of other trainees, stopping at points to discuss and clarify murky issues.  While watching the interview excerpts, make your own ratings, and then stop the DVD to discuss your ratings with the other trainees in the group before watching our discussion.  We find the optimal frequency to be 2-4 sessions per week.  If any more frequent, you will be subject to the mind-numbing effect of having too much material thrown at you at once; any less frequent and it will be difficult to remember the material from week to week.  WARNING: Watching the recordings at night after a long day of work is more effective as a soporific rather than a good learning experience.

When interviewers from several sites are being trained without the benefit of having an on-site trainer, we suggest that each site have its own set of DVDs, and the interviewers train themselves as a group.  This may be followed by a joint meeting of interviewers from all sites to discuss issues relevant to the particular study and to do some guided practice interviews, with interviewers from all sites participating and observing.  The more preparation interviewers have before a multi-site meeting (i.e., reading the User’s Guide, watching the DVDs, conducting mock SCID sessions, etc.), the more valuable the meeting will be.  A site-supervisor should be appointed to train future interviewers, and communicate with us regarding any questions that may arise during the training.