Dr. Suffridge is a gifted therapist and teacher, with a long record of effective supervision and clinical leadership. She has a unique ability to help early-career counselors learn the skills required to work well with clients with abuse and trauma histories. We invite her annually to lead a seminar for our internship program because she helps them learn how to work with trauma without being overwhelmed—or overwhelming the client. Her perspective helps students learn to approach, not avoid, this challenging work, and how to pace the work with balance and compassion.


Carol Kerr, Ph.D. , Chief Psychologist
Graduate Clinical Training Progra

In psychotherapy, clinical training is the most important and sometimes the most intimidating phase of preparation for being an effective clinician. 

“Entering the Behavioral Health Field: A Guide for New Clinicians” 
is a practical, how-to guide for learning psychotherapy and other mental health services based on my 30 years of experience training and mentoring mental health trainees and interns. The book leads new clinicians through all of the necessary steps of clinical work in mental health agencies. Explanation, guidance and suggestions are combined with a case example and tools that can be individualized for each clinician and agency. The book has been published by Routledge, and you can click here to order from Amazon or here to order from Routledge. 


Entering the Behavioral Health Field: A Guide for New Clinicians
By Diane A. Suffridge, Ph.D.

  1. Personal Preparation
  2. Professional Preparation
  3. First Session
  4. Cultural Considerations
  5. Diagnosis
  6. Assessment
  7. Assessment: Special Situations
  8. Case Formulation
  9. Treatment Planning
  10. Clinical Documentation
  11. Unfolding of the Therapeutic Relationship
  12. Case Management and Coordination of Care
  13. Termination—Planned and Unplanned
  14. Development of Professional Identity

Please click here to see the full table of contents.