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Unformatted text preview: PSY 364 February 10, 2009 Lecture Overview-what is clinical interview?-how does it differ from other ways of talking to each other?-what are the advantages of the interview?-what are the major types of clinical interviews?-what are some the therapist behaviors that affect the interview?-demonstration? Clinical Interview-Definition-quote on PP-important points: *primarily vocal communication (more or less voluntary) *roles are clear that there is an expert or clinician and the one who is being interviewed *an area of problem is the focus Conversation with a Purpose Conversation vs. Interview-conversation-no central theme-participants roles do not have to be defined-starts and ends at will-interview-directed content to achieve a specific purpose-defined roles between participants (expert and interviewee)-occurs at a definite time and place Things to Know about the Clinical Interview-it is not a cross-examination (i.e. attorney and witness on a stand) but rather a process during which the interviewer must be aware of the clients voice intonations, rate of speech, as well as non-verbal messages such as facial expression, posture, and gestures-not just want the client says-although it is sometimes used as the sole method of assessment, it is more often used along with several of other methods-it serves as the basic context for almost all other psychological assessments -foundation for other assessment strategies can be used-it is most widely used clinical assessment method-helps to establish rapport and socialize the patient to the assessment and/or therapy process Advantages of the Clinical Interview-inexpensive-taps both verbal and nonverbal behavior-portable-i.e. Telch and women with OCD in shower-flexible-other tests come in sequences, but in the interview, depending on what they say, can branch off and go into other topics-facilitates the building of a therapeutic relationship Characteristics of Good Interviewing Skills-convey to the interviewee that you understand their feelings and attitudes-dont feel sadness, but convey you understand their sadness (empathetic connection)-how to make them feel you understand:-rephrasing, stating back, summarizing-use language that is understandable and not offensive-use open-ended rather than close-ended questions to extract more information -however, at SOME point you will have to ask close-ended questions, but you want to use open-ended to get a richer amount of information about the client-avoid excessive talking about personal experiences in the interview-client may feel ripped-off -allow the interviewee to use silence for reflection-some people have silence phobiasfeel uncomfortable-set an agenda for the interview-what do you want to accomplish in the interview-able to impose structure to the interview-some clients like to go on tangents and accomplishments can get blown, but you must know how to reel them back on track-provide the client Components of Good Listening-elimination of distractions...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PSY 364 taught by Professor Telch during the Spring '06 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Spring '06
- Clinical Psychology