Clinician's Thesaurus: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports

Clinician's Thesaurus: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports
8th Ed.
2019 © Guilford Publications
Edward L. Zuckerman, PhD
ISBN-13: 978-1-4625-3880-5
eISBN-13: 978-1-4625-3882-9
Mental Health, Coding & Classification


Hundreds of thousands of students and early-career professionals have relied on this authoritative report-writing tool, now updated for DSM-5/ICD-10-CM and newer types of evaluations. In a convenient large-size format, the book covers nearly all areas of concern addressed in intakes, evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes, and closing summaries. The user seeking the right wording for a clinical document can skim and select from thousands of technical terms, behavioral descriptors, and standard statements. Also provided are interview questions for almost every symptomatic behavior, a huge collection of mental status questions, a reproducible Mental Status Evaluation summary form, and links to hundreds of internet resources.

New to This Edition

  • • A list of all psychiatric ICD-10 diagnoses (all of the codes in DSM-5, plus many more), including Z codes essential to a comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluation.
  • • Sample evaluation report keyed to the book's chapters.
  • • Sections on additional clinical issues: intimate partner violence, gender identity, human trafficking, recovery-oriented language, and more.
  • • Many more Internet links, including a wide variety of screening and assessment tools.

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"This is an indispensable reference tool for busy clinicians. The author's work is well known, and he is one of the foremost authorities on writing in the behavioral health field. This update surpasses the previous edition and will certainly be an invaluable resource on every clinician's desk."

-- Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM, FAAETS (C3 Education and Research, Inc.) Doody's Review


The thesaurus eases the workload for busy and newly minted clinicians. Graduate students will be most appreciative of this field guide during their training and clinicals. The terminology and wording enable them to be as objective as possible while maintaining an idiosyncratic presentation of the client. Dr. Zuckerman is an expert at compiling such a thorough and meaningful collection of terminology as well as the means to accurately write useful psychological reports.

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