Dr Yanni Malliaris

Clinical Psychologist, Founder & Director


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In the first quarter of our training we focus on the diagnostic and assessment issues in Bipolar Disorders. 


We aim: 


1. To learn the basic issues of Bipolar Diagnosis and Measurement.


2. To understand how our knowledge about the DSM-V diagnostic classification system helps to understand the patient’s needs, to set our treatment goals, and to begin our case conceptualisation for CBT treatments.


3. To learn how to use gold-standard semi-structured interviews and self-report assessments to diagnose, measure, and monitor the clinical state of Bipolar patients.


Course Format

The training for the first quarter is provided through one-to-one supervision meetings, coursework assignments, and supervised practice sessions. 


Prior to each supervision meeting the suggested chapters and/or articles must have been studied. The coursework should be completed following the supervised practice sessions by the suggested deadlines.


Week 1: Introduction to the training and supervision process.

Week 2: Introduction to the DSM-V diagnostic criteria of Bipolar Disorders.

Week 3: Introduction to semi-structured assessments & Self-reports measures used in Bipolar Disorders (HAMD, YMRS, (IDS, ALTMAN, SAS, GAD-7, ISS).

Week 4: Introduction to the SCID-I: Mood Disorders Module & NIMH-Life-Chart.

Week 5: Practice Session I: Using the SCID-I: Mood Disorders Module &-Life-Chart.

Week 6: Clinical Report Writing and Documentation

Week 7: Practice Session II: Using the Self-Report Assessments.

Week 8: Practice Session III: Using the Semi-structured Assessments.

Week 9: Monitoring the course of Bipolar Disorders Using the NIMH Life-Chart.

Week 10: Practice Session IV: Using the NIMH-Life-Chart (all versions).

Week 11: Brief Clinical Assessments in Daily Bipolar Evidence-Based Practice (CGI, LIFE-II, GAF).

Week 12: Practice Session V: Using the Brief Clinical Assessments.



  1. Produce a leaflet with lay information about the History and Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder.  Deadline: Due By Week 4.
  2. Write a report based on Practice session I (Diagnose a patient using SCID-I and record illness history with the NIMH-Life Chart - Retrospective Clinician version.) Deadline: Due by Week 7.
  3. Write a report based on Practice sessions II, III (Measure the current state of a Bipolar patient using Semi-Structured and Self-report Assessments.) Deadline: Due by Week 12.


Core References

  1. Malliaris, Y. (2011). A Prospective Investigation of Bipolar Sub-syndromal Symptoms and their Variability: Their Presence and Impact in the Course of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depressive Illness). Doctoral Thesis. Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, University of London.
  2. American Psychiatric Association. (2013). The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM 5. bookpointUS.
  3. Lam, R. W., Michalaak, E. E., & Swinson, R. P. (2004). Assessment scales in depression, mania and anxiety. CRC Press.
  4. Segal, D. L., & Hersen, M. (2010). Diagnostic Interviewing.
  5. Other articles as suggested during the training. 

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