Core Skills for the CASC
James Woollard and Josie Jenkinson
Core Skills for the CASC gives practical advice on how
to prepare thoroughly for the Clinical Assessment of Skills and
Competencies (CASC) exam. It introduces and explains a range of
communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal, and outlines how
they can be practised and mastered: developing rapport, body
language, vocal matching, and different types of questioning.
Advanced methods for managing the clinical encounter in the short
time allowed for each station are presented, plus advice on how and
when to use a more structured approach.
Detailed advice is given on exam preparation from 4–6 months
beforehand, both as an individual and through group work, including
development of a knowledge base, psychological preparation,
reviewing videos of performance and using verbal and written
feedback, plus practical advice for the day of the exam.
In addition, the book presents 12 mock
stations to enable trainees to put their new techniques into
practice - each gives instructions for candidate and actor on how
to play out the scenario. These have been written so that the
skills presented earlier in the book must be used.
- Essential primer for anyone preparing for the
- Concise guide to clinical communication
(basic) psychiatry trainees.
About the authors:
Dr James Woollard is a
consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. He has held national
policy development roles, and has taught and presented widely on
technology in mental healthcare. From early career training in
neuro-linguistic programming, he has developed an interest in
advanced communication skills and the link with therapeutic
Dr Josie Jenkinson is
currently a higher specialist trainee in old age psychiatry. She is
a past Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Psychiatric
Trainees’ Committee and is currently completing a PhD in service
evaluation. She has taught extensively at undergraduate and
James and Josie developed the ‘Core Adaptive
Skills for CASC’ course currently run at the College.
"A useful resource for people who plan to sit the examination.
...The contents of the book are comprehensive, practical, concise,
and easy to read. The book consists of just 80 pages so it should
not take long to grasp the essence of the examination."
- East Asian Archives of Psychiatry (Hong Kong
College of Psychiatrists)
Part 1: Core Skills
1. Core communication skills
2. Verbal communication skills
3. Taking control
4. Structured presentations
5. Physical examination skills, investigations
and cognitive examination
Part 2: Planning Your
6. Developing the right knowledge
7. Individual preparation
8. Group preparation
9. The day of the exam
Part 3: Putting Skills into
Practice - Mock Stations
10. Mock session 1: Finding your voice
11. Mock session 2: Talking techniques
12. Mock session 3: Taking control
13. Mock session 4: Structured stations