After watching the following video clip, Clinical Interviewing: Intake, Assessment & Therapeutic Alliance, prepare a reaction paper in which you address the following topics and questions for your assignment submission.
Video Description: Whether you are in private practice or working in a clinic setting, clinical interviewing skills are essential to your practice. Yet sadly, many clinicians lack a basic understanding of whatâ€™s involved in these crucial first sessions. Whatâ€™s more, resources on how to gather client information are often packaged either as dry procedural steps or vague theories of communication. In this video, seasoned clinical educators John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan present an integrated, actionable combination of interviewing protocols and relational techniques that clarify how clinicians can glean necessary information in the initial sessions while building a strong therapeutic alliance.
Topics and Questions
- The nondirective approach: What thoughts and feelings arise for you around the concept of nondirective listening behaviors?
- Cross techniques: Do you agree or disagree with Sommers- Flanaganâ€™s statement that the therapeutic relationship is inherently uneven?
- Cultural sensitivity: Have you noticed or been made aware of cultural differences in your work with clients? If so, how did you handle it?
Silence: John Sommers-Flanagan says that beginning therapists often find silence challenging as an intervention. Is this true for you?