The SCID-D Interview: An Evidence-Based Approach to the Diagnosis and Therapeutic Assessment of Dissociation

07 July 2022

The SCID-D Interview: An Evidence-Based Approach to the Diagnosis and Therapeutic Assessment of Dissociation

Monday 28th of November, 2022, from 6-9 pm (Berlin)  

Marlene Steinberg, M.D. and Olivier Piedfort-Marin Ph.D.

Dissociation is the mind’s way of coping with overwhelming stress and trauma, and given the ubiquity of trauma, the assessment of dissociation is essential for accurate detection and appropriate treatment. The SCID-D, considered the gold standard in the field, is an interactive, semi-structured interview for assessing dissociation in adults and adolescents. Over 30 years of clinical use and worldwide research support its ability to detect dissociative symptoms and disorders. But the SCID-D is more than just a powerful diagnostic instrument. In the hands of an experienced, empathic interviewer, the SCID-D provides meaningful benefits, both in accelerating the therapeutic relationship and eliciting material about a patient’s inner world. Moreover, the interview’s results can provide a roadmap for patient healing, especially through interviewer feedback.


This presentation will introduce over three decades of scientific findings validating the SCID-D and Steinberg’s Five Component Model of Dissociation Assessment. Participants will gain evidence-based strategies for identifying universal symptoms, consistent across cultures, while nurturing client insight and recovery.



    1. Learn to integrate Steinberg’s Five Component Model of Dissociation Assessment into clinical practice through the review of video excerpts illustrating administration of the SCID-D interview.      

    2. Distinguish dissociative disorders from other psychiatric disorders by considering the five primary components of dissociation, in both adolescent and adult populations.

    3. Evaluate the extensive psychometric validation of the SCID-D and its cross-cultural applicability.

    4. Learn about the validation study of the French version of the SCID-D in Switzerland, and mapping its results into DSM-5 and ICD-11 nosologies, including ICD-11’s sensorimotor dissociative symptoms. 

    5. Summarize recent findings on dissociation in complex PTSD and PTSD-dissociative subtype.


We are excited to invite clinicians and researchers to this free educational webinar.

Monday 28th of November, 2022, from 6-9 pm (Berlin)


The recording of this webinar will be available later as video-on-demand only for ESTD members.



Marlene Steinberg, M.D. is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic dissociative symptoms and disorders and has presented workshops nationally and worldwide.  She is the developer of The Semi-Structured Clinical Interview for Dissociative Symptoms and Disorders (SCID-D, American Psychiatric Association Press, 2022), considered the diagnostic standard in the field. While on the faculty at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Steinberg was awarded extensive grants from the National Institute of Mental Health. Among her academic and clinical publications is the medical treatise The Handbook for the Assessment of Dissociation. Her popular press book The Stranger in the Mirror: Dissociation, the Hidden Epidemic provides education, hope and comfort for trauma survivors. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in “Best Doctors of America” for nineteen years. Dr. Steinberg maintains a clinical practice in Naples, Florida.

Olivier Piedfort-Marin Ph.D. is psychologist and licensed psychotherapist in Switzerland, working in private practice in Lausanne, with main interests in the assessment and psychotherapy of anxiety disorders, PTSD, complex PTSD and dissociative disorders, as well as consulting and teaching. After a training in CBT, he has been trained in hypnosis, in EMDR in 2004 and is now EMDR Europe consultant and facilitator. He has an extensive training in the theory of structural dissociation of the personality and in the treatment of DID patients with Ellert Nijenhuis. He has (co-)authored around 25 peer reviewed articles and book chapters in the field. He is co-founder and associate-editor of the European Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, honorary president of the AFTD – Francophone Association of Trauma and Dissociation, and President elect of EMDR Europe.



“The wealth of information about the patient’s subjective experience of his or her dissociation acquired using the SCID-D facilitates my understanding and my capacity to empathize with the patient in those crucial early sessions during which establishing a therapeutic alliance is a paramount goal.... I have been impressed over and over again that the SCID-D interview pulls forth information that otherwise might not emerge until much later in the treatment.”

–– Richard Kluft, M.D.,

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine


“It is difficult to convey both how the interview is simple and complex at the same time. .... Like a rich symphony, I never tire of it and seem to be constantly surprised and educated by it.”

–– John Curtis, M.D., FRCPC,

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Review of the SCID-D interview, Vol 42 (1), 1997


"The SCID-D has dramatically advanced our research and understanding of dissociative disorders (I actually keep one copy always in my clinician’s desk). And Dr. Steinberg’s book

“Stranger in the Mirror, Dissociation – The Hidden Epidemic" (La dissociazione. I cinque sintomi fondamentali, here in Italy) remains one of my favorite academic books.”

— Adriano Schimmenti, Ph.D., D.Clin.Psy

Professor of Psychopathology Kore University of Enna, Italy

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